Music Performances

Tidings of Comfort and Joy: Christmas with Nebraska Wesleyan

Saturday, December 4, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 2723 N. 50th Street, Lincoln

FREE – no reservation required

Nebraska Wesleyan University's choirs sing the good news of the holiday season in a concert sharing the hope and peace of the Christmas story. With the colorful accompaniment of piano, organ and chamber orchestra, the program will also feature performances by choirs from Columbus High School and Fremont High School. The audience is invited to sing carols as well. An online performance of specially-recorded excerpts from this program will premiere on Monday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m.


Listening to Nature: Messages from Mother Earth

Friday, December 10, 7:30 p.m.
O’Donnell Auditorium, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts

FREE – no reservation required

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Symphonic Band will present pieces inspired by nature and life on earth. Featuring works by David Maslanka, Travis J. Cross, Percy Grainger, Julie Giroux, Jack Stamp, and Timothy Mahr, this performance observes the passing of seasons. The concert closes with a call to consider our treatment of our planet and all its inhabitants.


Wesleyan Honors Festival Concert

Saturday, February 12, 2:30 p.m.
O’Donnell Auditorium, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts

$10.00 for adults/free for children 12 and under

Tickets available at the door – no reservation required

This concert will feature high school students performing in choir, band and orchestra. Guest conductors will be: choir – Stacey Gibbs, band – Robert Sheldon, and orchestra – Kirt Mosier.


Lincoln Civic Orchestra Concert

Sunday, February 20, 4 p.m.
O’Donnell Auditorium, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts

FREE – no reservation required

We will feature the NWU Student Concerto Competition winners.


NWU Music Faculty Concert

Friday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.
O’Donnell Auditorium, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts

FREE – no reservation required


Coming Home Concert: Evoking the Human Spirit

Sunday, March 20, 5:00 p.m.
O’Donnell Auditorium, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts

FREE – no reservation required

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Symphonic Band performs works that reflect upon the human condition and draw out emotions of the human spirit. The music acknowledges challenge, explores responses of resilience, and offers a moment of reverence to connect us to that which ultimately brings us together. The concert culminates in a short symphony for wind ensemble by David Maslanka entitled "Give Us This Day."


NWU's BIG Sing: Come Sing with Us!

Monday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
O'Donnell Auditorium, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts

FREE – no reservation required

NWU's choral ensembles lift their voices together with spring opera soloists and guest choirs, and invite our audience to take part in a new-fashioned community sing. Come to listen, and join in some fun, spontaneous music making.


The Liana Sandin Opera Series presents the NWU Spring Opera

Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m.
O’Donnell Auditorium, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Freewill donations taken at the door

(Repertoire TBA)


Lincoln Civic Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
O’Donnell Auditorium, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts

FREE – no reservation required


Beethoven's Ninth

Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.
Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 North 12th St., Lincoln

For ticket information: www.lincolnsymphony.com

Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir joins Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven's iconoclastic Ninth Symphony. We'll also premiere the orchestration of Jake Runestad's poignant ode to Beethoven: "A Silence Haunts Me," conducted by Maestro Ed Polochick.


Hold Fast to Dreams Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir on Tour

Sunday, May 8 at 7 p.m. University Choir at Village Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, MO.
Monday, May 9 at 7 p.m. First Baptist Church, Kirkwood, MO.
Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN.
Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, IN.
Friday, May 13 at 12:10 p.m. Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL.
Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, Davenport, IA.
Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. Countryside Community Church, Omaha, NE.

In the midst of the unexpected challenges and significant struggles of this chaotic and disorienting time, the Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir, conducted by Tom Trenney, offers music that will inspire our hope and encourage our resilience. An eclectic, colorful repertoire with empowering texts in five languages includes music by a diversity of composers, including Max Janowski, Jake Runestad, Aaron Copland, Felix Mendelssohn, Dale Trumbore, Ysaye Barnwell and Stacey Gibbs.


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