All Abendmusik events are held in the beautiful sanctuary of First-Plymouth Church, 2000 D Street, Lincoln, unless otherwise noted.
How Can We Keep From Singing? (Hymns at First-Plymouth)
Sunday, September 29 at 4:00 p.m. TICKETS
Celebrate the release of the new Hymns at First Plymouth CD recording as Abendmusik launches its 2013-14 season with a Hymn Festival. You will be invited to sing along with the Abendmusik Chorus, Doane Collegiate Chorale, and Lincoln Lutheran Choir, accompanied by the Plymouth Brass Quintet and the inspiring Lied Organ. When the entire community is gathered together, how can we keep from singing?
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
Thursday, October 31 at 8:00 p.m. TICKETS
Treat yourself this Halloween to experience the thrills and chills of Abendmusik’s symphony of horror: the 1922 silent “Dracula” film, Nosferatu. This eerie, creepy movie classic will be shown in the dimly-lit sanctuary of First-Plymouth and brought to life by the thrilling sounds of the 6000-pipe Lied Organ. Abendmusik’s own Tom Trenney, a nationally-renowned organ improviser, provides a mysterious soundtrack. Wear a costume to receive free popcorn and to win your chance for an unforgettable tour of First-Plymouth’s ‘haunted’ singing bell tower following the concert.
Fit for a King: Handel’s Messiah
Sunday, November 24 at 4:00 p.m. TICKETS
You will be treated like royalty when you come to experience Lincoln’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah by Abendmusik’s chamber choir and orchestra. In addition to Handel’s epic oratorio, the noble Plymouth Brass and the heroic Lied Organ will be featured in music for a festive occasion. The crowning moment of the concert, though, will occur when everyone in attendance raises the roof of First-Plymouth Church, singing along with the majestic “Hallelujah Chorus” which famously brought no less than a King to offer a standing ovation.
Glories Stream from Heaven Afar
Saturday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. TICKETS
Sunday, December 15 at 4:00 p.m.
Join the glorious strains of the Abendmusik Chorus, Plymouth Brass and Plymouth Ringers in the most highly anticipated annual event of the Abendmusik season. The Christmas story will be illuminated through message and music, story and song. Hear the magical message of the angels and journey with the kings as they follow that wondrous star toward love’s pure light—wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.
New Year's Eve Last Blast: The Levick Legacy Society Concert
Tuesday, December 31 at 8:00 p.m. TICKETS
What are you doing New Year’s Eve? For decades, Lincoln audiences have answered the same way: “We’re going to the Last Blast with the Plymouth Brass!” Abendmusik’s beloved founder, Jack Levick, is the featured guest conductor in the 2013 edition of this popular Lincoln tradition. The New Year’s Eve concert menu offers listeners an eclectic taste of brass and organ favorites from the Plymouth Brass’ 35-year history as well as a world premiere. A gala champagne and dessert reception to honor Jack Levick will be available at Intermission.
My Funny Valentine, an Abendmusik fundraiser
Friday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. TICKETS
Be Abendmusik’s valentine this year! You will be enchanted and entertained with melodies from the Great American Songbook, sung by Tom Trenney at the Steinway piano. And your palette will be enamored with a delicious and savory meal, surely culminating in a chocolate conclusion. Declare your love for Abendmusik, and join us for this fancy fundraising feast for all the senses. With the perennial inspiration of Abendmusik, each day is Valentine’s Day!
The Kansas City Chorale in Concert
Friday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. TICKETS
The 2012 Grammy Award-winning Kansas City Chorale, led by 11-time Grammy-nominated conductor Charles Bruffy, makes a rare appearance in Lincoln. A review from the International Record Guide speaks of the Chorale’s “luxuriant textures, sumptuous harmonies, and mouth-watering melodies, all beautifully conveyed with ravishing choral tone.” Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience one of the world’s finest professional choirs right here as part of the Abendmusik at First-Plymouth series.
Sonos Handbell Ensemble
Saturday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. TICKETS
For two decades, the Sonos Handbell Ensemble has attracted the attention of audiences all around the world, and Abendmusik welcomes them back to Lincoln! This internationally-celebrated touring and recording group takes the art of handbell ringing to new heights in a performance that will treat both eye and ear. Learn more about them at www.sonos.org.
Stabat Mater by Antonín Dvořák
Sunday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m. TICKETS
Offered for the first time in Abendmusik’s 41-year history, Antonín Dvorák’s Stabat Mater poignantly and dramatically portrays a mother’s sorrow, standing beside her son at the foot of the cross. Known for its intense expression, romantic lyricism, and profound emotion, Dvorák’s music draws us towards a more meaningful encounter with Jesus’ suffering and death. The Abendmusik season culminates with this once-in-a-lifetime performance, gathering together the hearts and voices of the Abendmusik Chorus, Doane College Choir, Nebraska Wesleyan University Chorus, and soloists Kendall Reimer, Rebecca Shane, Drew Duncan, and Jeff Keele, all accompanied by the Abendmusik Symphony Orchestra. A compelling message of hope shines through this heart-rending musical journey to the glory of paradise and the promise of resurrection.