BISMARCK, ND — The University of Mary welcomes in the colorful new season with free band and choir fall tour concerts in North Dakota.

Mary’s Concert Band, Vocal Jazz and Concert Choir are headed north for concerts in Williston Monday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., at Williston High School and Minot, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., inside Minot State University’s Ann Nicole Nelson Auditorium. All these concerts are free and open to the public.

“The University of Mary band and choir tour is part of our mission to serve the cultural needs of the people in this region,” commented Dr. Tom Porter, conductor and chair of the University of Mary Department of Music. “We perform to share the joy and beauty of music created by our students, and we provide our concerts at no cost so everyone in the community can attend and enjoy.”

The 45-piece band and 97-voice choir will perform selections by Percy Graiger, William Byrd, Leonard Bernstein, Arvo Part, and Piazzola. The ensembles are conducted by Porter, Dennis Gowen, and Rebecca Raber. For more information, contact

“The concerts will feature a wide range of vocal and instrumental music,” added Porter. “We often promote our concerts as including something for everyone, and tour concerts are no exception. From hauntingly beautiful to rousing and inspirational, we hope to leave our audiences with inspirational performances and great memories.”

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