BISMARCK, ND — Middle school children from the Bismarck-Mandan area were treated to dress rehearsal today before this weekend’s 55th Annual Christmas at Mary Concert.

Soloist, Theresa Kulas, from  East Grand Forks, MN, hams it up with the University of Mary men's choir as they sing "Variations on Jingle Bells" during dress rehearsal for Christmas at Mary

Soloist, Theresa Kulas, from East Grand Forks, MN, hams it up with the University of Mary men’s choir as they sing “Variations on Jingle Bells” during dress rehearsal for Christmas at Mary

If they weren’t in the Christmas spirit yet from this week’s two feet of snow, the popular Christmas at Mary concert should put them in the mood—and smiles on their faces. The event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m., in the Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel located inside the Benedictine Center for Servant Leadership building on campus.

The University of Mary Music Student Organization is using the opportunity as a service project to collect food for the food pantry at Bismarck’s Ministry on the Margins, founded by Sister Kathleen Atkinson of Annunciation Monastery. Since this event is not a ticketed event and is free and open to the public, there is limited seating. It is greatly encouraged that people arrive early.

"Men in Black" or University of Mary men's choir sing "Variations on Jingle Bells" during dress rehearsal for Christmas at Mary

“Men in Black” or University of Mary men’s choir sing “Variations on Jingle Bells” during dress rehearsal for Christmas at Mary

The concert features the 95-voice University of Mary Concert Choir performing a variety of music, this year including a Russian setting of the “Hail Mary,” a theme and variations on “Jingle Bells,” and a lively version of the traditional carol “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.” Also featured on the concert is Vocal Jazz performing a cappella arrangements of “Let It Snow” and the contemporary Christmas piece, “Welcome to Our World.”

In all, the Concert Choir students represent 19 states and majors from every school (business, education, arts and sciences and health sciences) on campus.