BISMARCK, ND — Two traditional mainstays at the University of Mary, practically since the doors of its iconic Marcel Breuer-designed buildings opened in 1959, have been the Reuter organ, and one of the school’s and community’s most cherished annual events—the Christmas at Mary Concert. Like the perfect musical accompaniment, the two have complemented each other for decades and pleased generations upon generations of music lovers.

Tom Porter
University of Mary Music Chair

Together, the two take center stage showcasing the school’s finest musical talent at the 56th annual Christmas at Mary concert Friday, December 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 3, 3 p.m., in the iconic Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel, a Breuer masterpiece and one of the most acoustically magnificent venues in North Dakota and the region. The concerts are free and open to the public.

“Christmas at Mary is a joyous celebration of seasonal music featuring the University of Mary Concert Choir, Gabrieli Brass, and Vocal Jazz,” said Dr. Tom Porter, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music at Mary. “The concert features arrangements of familiar Christmas carols, such as ‘Silent Night,’ ‘Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,’ as well as choral feature numbers such as ‘O Magnum Mysterium,’ ‘Betelehemu,’ and ‘Mary Had a Baby.’”

What people and fans of this annual concert may not realize is that the Reuter organ in Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel has gone through a major facelift over the summer—and the always-festive Christmas at Mary concert is just the perfect celebration to turn it loose and show it off in front of hundreds of concert lovers.

“The chapel organ has always been a fine instrument, but in recent years there have been more and more ranks and features that we have not been able to use,” said Porter, of the 54-year-old organ. “The refurbished organ sings with all of its original glory and the wonderful colors of new pipes in the Principal, Mixtures, and Voix Celeste. The beauty of the organ will be heard with the Gabrieli Brass, the audience carols, and the final selection of the Concert Choir.

The original instrument was installed and dedicated in 1963. During the summer of 2017 the organ was completely dismantled and taken by the Reuter Company, along with the console, to its factory in Kansas. Parts were replaced and cleaned. New chests were constructed to the west of the original instrument to house the additional pipes. There are five additional stops, six additional ranks, and 585 new pipes: that’s 331 more pipes than the original organ, with an additional 254 having been replaced in the renovation of the instrument.

Overflow seating will be available in the chapel foyer: people are encouraged to arrive early in order to ensure seating in Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel.

The 106-voice Concert Choir includes students from 19 states and nearly every major on campus.

The audience is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the concert, which will be collected as a service project by the University of Mary Music Student Organization and shared with Ministry on the Margins. Ministry on the Margins is a local food bank founded by Sister Kathleen Atkinson, a member of Annunciation Monastery, the founders and sponsors of the University of Mary.

 

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