Can Abendmusik Handle Messiah?
The Handel scholar, Winton Dean once wrote of Messiah, “There is still plenty for scholars to fight over, and more than ever for conductors to decide for themselves. Indeed if they are not prepared to grapple with the problems presented by the score they ought not to conduct it.”
Lincoln’s own performance company, Abendmusik, is prepared to grapple with those problems as they attempt one of the pantheons of orchestral work, the Mt. Everest of choral performance, this holiday season at First Plymouth Church on 20th and D St.
Abendmusik: Lincoln has been dedicated to community outreach in Lincoln since it was founded in 1972. It’s a nonprofit organization that gathers some of the best musical performers of the nation to inspire and promote unity among Lincoln citizens. They’ve hosted some of the world’s finest musical ensembles (The Vienna Boys Choir, Paul Winter Consort, The Estonia Male Choir, Chanticleer) and are well adept to the task of the evoking every aspect of baroque practice that Handel’s Messiah demands.
Abendchor is Abendmusik’s company of world-class singers who will be joining the chamber players. This is only their second season, but with such a powerhouse team behind them, they’ve already managed to attract a lot of attention. (The Lincoln-Journal Star has called their singing “errorless”.) Under the co-direction of Therees Hibbard and Tom Trenney, the Abendchor and Abendmusik chamber players are going to sweep you into the holiday season with some of the best music in town.
Date: Sunday Nov. 27
Tickets are $20 for Adults; $18 for Senior Citizens (age 62 and over) and $10 for Students (grade school through full-time college students.) Special rates are available for groups of ten or more. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.abendmusik.org or call (402) 476-9933.