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2017 marks the 45th anniversary of Abendmusik at First-Plymouth. It’s been a privilege to fill our community with music for more than four decades and we’re excited to bring new sounds of hope, joy, and compassion to Lincoln this season.  We are grateful to offer more free concerts this year than ever before, and we’re humbled to welcome you as we continue gathering to experience excellence in the performing arts.  Whether you’re a fixture in the Abendmusik audience or you’ll be attending for the first time, we look forward to welcoming you to enjoy the musical treasures of 2017-18.


Messiah Community Sing-Along

Food Drive & Freewill Offering to Food Bank of Lincoln

Sun | Nov 26 | 4:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church

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As Thanksgiving weekend ends and the holiday season begins, raise your “Hallelujahs” with a community-wide sing-along of George Frideric Handel’s timeless and treasured masterpiece, Messiah.

Abendmusik has partnered with the Food Bank of Lincoln who will be present to collect food and monetary donations to promote and share in their vision of nourishing our communities to end hunger. 

Messiah Community Sing-Along FAQs

Do I need a ticket?  No ticket required!  Instead of a price for admission, food or monetary donations to Food Bank of Lincoln are encouraged! This event is FREE and open to all.

What time should I come?  Doors will open at 3:00 PM. 

Are we singing the entire Messiah?  We will be singing Part One (the Christmas section) of the Messiah plus the "Hallelujah" Chorus.

Is there a rehearsal?  There is NO rehearsal. It may be helpful to listen to a recording of the choral movements or to plan a rehearsal with some friends!

Are the musical scores provided?  Scores will NOT be provided.  Please bring music if you have it; any edition of Messiah will work! If you do not have a Messiah score of your own, consider asking to borrow a copy from your church.  As another option, you may purchase a score at the door.  Dietze Music will be selling scores for $10 beginning at 3:00 p.m. on concert day.

What should I wear?  There is no dress code. Be comfortable!

If I don't want to sing, may I attend to listen to the music?  While we encourage everyone to participate, no one is required to sing.  You may choose to sit within one of the sections to feel a part of the chorus, or you may sit in the balcony to take it all in!

What items are most needed to donate to the Food Bank?

Food: Tuna or canned chicken;  Canned foods with pop-top lids (soup, stew, chili);  Canned fruits in its own juice or water;  Low-sodium canned vegetables;  Peanut butter;  Macaroni & cheese and other boxed dinners;  Brown rice and long-grain white rice (not instant rice, please);  100% fruit juices

Other: Bath tissue;  Shampoo;  Toothpaste;  Soap;  Diapers and wipes;  Personal hygiene products


Food Drive & Freewill Offering to Food Bank of Lincoln

Savior of the nations, come

An Abendmusik Christmas

Sun | Dec 10 | 3:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church

Sun | Dec 17 | 7:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church


Abendmusik invites you to experience a sanctuary amidst the frenzied hustle and bustle of the season. The Plymouth Choir, Plymouth Ringers, and Abendmusik Orchestra will raise their voices to share the holy, healing message of Christmas, along with music and stories from around the world that will gather us into a time of hopeful prayer. 

FREE CONCERT ~ Freewill Offering 

Last blast!

Celebrating 40 years of The Plymouth Brass

Sun | Dec 31 | 6:30 PM (reception) | 8:00 PM (concert) ~ First-Plymouth Church

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Join the Plymouth Brass for Last Blast!, celebrating the ensemble’s 40th anniversary. Two of Abendmusik’s most beloved special guests, Jack Levick and Jeremy Bankson, will return to Lincoln for an entertaining end to 2017.

Enjoy champagne and appetizers at the Anniversary Reception from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Tickets for reception are separate from concert and are limited.

For Tickets: 402-476-9933 or CLICK HERE

$20 Adults | $15 Seniors | $10 Students

$15 Anniversary Celebration – limited tickets

Abendmusik presents

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A Children's choir festival concert

Sat | Feb 3 | 3:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church

More than 150 children from the Lincoln area will gather together to sing a toe-tapping and heart-warming program, led by nationally-renowned guest conductor, Emily Ellsworth.

Sing Around Nebraska is a powerful choral opportunity for students in grades 4, 5, and 6 to foster their love of singing!  This year’s Festival Choir will be held at more than 10 locations across our state, including Abendmusik at First-Plymouth. 

FREE CONCERT ~ Freewill Offering 

My Funny valentine

An Abendmusik Fundraiser

Fri | Feb 9 | 6:30 PM (dinner) | 8:15 PM (concert) ~ First-Plymouth Church

Back by popular demand, Tom Trenney is set to serenade concertgoers from the Steinway piano, singing another unexpected collection of love songs from the Great American Songbook. If you enjoy the incomparable melodies and lyrics of Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe, Abendmusik will be your true love this Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy a gourmet dinner, silent auction, and a special concert preview at the 6:30 pm fundraiser. Seating is limited, so reserve your seat early.

For Tickets: 402-476-9933 or CLICK HERE

$60 Dinner & Concert - limited tickets

$20 concert ONLY


British Classical Vocal Ensemble

Sun | Feb 11 | 4:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church

“The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.” - Gramophone Magazine.  

The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is now established as one of the world’s most versatile and best-loved singing groups. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements. 

For Tickets: 402-476-9933 or CLICK HERE

$20 Adults | $15 Seniors | $10 Students

Mozart's Coronation Mass

Youth Masterworks Festival Concert

Tue | Feb 20 | 7:00pm ~ First-Plymouth Church

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This incredible showcase of young talent will feature three of Nebraska’s finest high school choirs and musicians from Lincoln’s high school orchestras, each accompanied by professional soloists and instrumentalists.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s noble Coronation Mass will be conducted by our distinguished guest clinician, William Weinert, from the famed Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. 

FREE CONCERT ~ Freewill Offering 

Considering matthew shepard

featuring Conspirare and conductor/composer Craig Hella Johnson

Sun | Feb 25 | 7:30 PM ~ Lied Center for Performing Arts

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photo credit James Goulden

In October of 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young, gay student at the University of Wyoming, was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field. Approaching the 20th anniversary of his untimely and tragic death, composer Craig Hella Johnson leads his celebrated Grammy® award-winning choir, Conspirare, in the Nebraska premiere of Considering Matthew Shepard. Come to experience how a story of hate is transformed into a message of hope. 

Tickets Available at Lied Center Box Office ~ 402-472-4747 or liedcenter.org

$28 Adults | $14 Students

The concordia Choir

Led by conductor Renè Clausen

FRI| mar 9 | 7:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church

One of America’s most celebrated collegiate choirs, the Concordia Choir from Moorhead, Minnesota, returns to the Abendmusik stage. Led by Grammy award-winning conductor and composer René Clausen, the Concordia Choir has sung around the globe, sharing music of faith and hope.

Since 1920, the 72-voice choir has performed in nearly every major hall, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Don’t miss this rare appearance in Lincoln.

For Tickets: 402-476-9933 or CLICK HERE

$20 Adults | $15 Seniors | $10 Students


featuring Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir, The Plymouth Choir & Guest Conductor Anton Armstrong

Fri | Mar 30 | 7:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church

On Good Friday, we pause to remember how love, compassion and mercy become the human response to tragedy and injustice. John Muehleisen’s poignant and moving Pietà addresses, in concentric circles, the sorrow and pain of mothers who lose their sons — the innermost being the death of Mary’s son, Jesus; next the loss of a World War I soldier; and the outermost, our losses today, and the importance of healing and forgiveness worldwide. Pietà will be conducted by internationally-recognized choral director Anton Armstrong, conductor of the renowned St. Olaf Choir. 

FREE CONCERT ~ Freewill Offering