Public Invited to Free University of Mary Jazz Concert to Kick Off the Holiday Season

Jazz ensemble performing at a concert

BISMARCK, ND —Over 20 University of Mary student-musicians are primed and ready to showcase their musical talents during their late fall jazz concert Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:30 p.m. in Chick’s Place at the new Lumen Vitae University Center (LVUC) on campus.

Jazz ensemble performing at a concert

The concert will feature two University of Mary jazz studies groups: the Jazz Combo directed by Dr. Lucas Bernier and the Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Brian Lydeen.

The Combo will play songs from the Great American Songbook including Jerome Kern’s “I Won’t Dance,” “Autumn Leaves” and “A Day in the Day in the Life of a Fool” featuring vocalist Clare Dalton, and recent Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Vocal Completion winner, Nicholas Mortenson.

The Jazz Ensemble will perform the music of Count Basie, Benny Carter, Steely Dan, Les Hooper, and a new arrangement of the timeless classic “What a Wonderful World.”  The trombone section will be featured on film and television composer Neal Hefti’s classic tune “Teddy the Toad.”

The concert is free and open to the public.

Jazz Combo Personnel

Dr. Lucas Bernier, director

Clare Dalton, vocal, Littleton, CO

Patrick Litton, saxophone, Bismarck, ND

Nick Mortenson, trombone & vocal, Jamestown, ND

Lucas Schlosser, trombone, Mandan, ND

Andrew Quinan, piano, Manassas, VA

Phil Litton, bass, Bismarck, ND

Ryan Hall, drums, Stanton, TX

Jazz Ensemble Personnel

Dr. Brian Lydeen, director


Kat Lawson, alto & flute, Bismarck, ND

Rylee Kubischta, alto & clarinet, Bismarck, ND

Patrick Litton, tenor, Bismarck, ND

Matthew Scott, tenor, Rush City, MN

Barret Smith, baritone, Bismarck, ND


Lucas Schlosser, Mandan, ND

Nick Mortenson, Jamestown, ND

Cole Kitzenberg, Billings, MT


Victoria Del Curto, Oakdale, CA

Isaiah Leingang (BSC), Mandan

Josef Sollmann, Port Angeles, WA


Ben Lee, guitar, Bismarck, ND

Danny Plunkett, piano, Clarkston, MI

Kylee Cline, bass, Beulah, ND

David Ruiz, drums, Loretto, MN

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