'Bassoon and Friends' concert

Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr returns to the St. Mark's Concert series to present her seventh annual "Bassoon and Friends" concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Fifth and Oakdale, Medford.

During the 2006 New Years Eve concert at St. Mark's where Boldt and trombonist John Neurohr were among the featured performers, Neurohr put down his trombone in front of a packed house to propose to Boldt.

This past June, two days before their wedding in St. Mark's, the bride and groom, along with the musicians performing at their wedding, presented a "Wedding Concert" in the same venue.

Now, Boldt-Neurohr and her husband return to the Rogue Valley and St. Mark's in this annual concert. Other musicians joining them will be Margaret Evans, organist, Laurie Anne Hunter, pianist and Barbara Evans O'Donnell, mezzo-soprano.

The program will include three pieces in folk style by Robert Schumann for bassoon and piano, a Telemann vocal contata with mezzo-soprano, bassoon and organ plus a suite for bassoon and piano by Tansman. The concert will conclude with a unique arrangement for bassoon and trombone from Aaron Copeland's Ballet Suite "Billy The Kid."

An Ashland native, Boldt-Neurohr is currently writing her dissertation on /arundo donax/, the bassoon reed, the final requirement for the degree doctor of musical arts in bassoon performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

She is an adjunct professor of music at Metro State College of Denver, and currently performs with several professional ensembles in the Rocky Mountain region, including San Juan Symphony, Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra, Longmont Symphony and Fort Collins Symphony. She maintains an active bassoon studio with private students from the Denver-Boulder area.

John Neurohr is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is currently completing his dissertation on musical literature for the trombone as his final requirement toward the degree doctor of musical arts in trombone performance and pedagogy.

Neurohr performs in several professional musical groups including the Longmont, San Juan and Fort Collins Symphonies and the Steamboat Springs Chamber orchestra. He is principal trombonist with the Cheyenne Symphony. As founder of the Apollo Chamber Brass, Neurohr plays and teaches throughout the Denver-Boulder area and tours nationally with the brass quintet.

Evans is professor emerita at Southern Oregon University, music director at St. Mark's and director of the St. Mark's Concert series and past vice president of the American Guild of Organists. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, earning its performer's certificate. Vocalist Evans O'Donnell is a graduate of Oberlin College and has been a member of professional orchestras in Jalapa, Mexico and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She just returned from Iowa City where she performed with the early music vocal ensemble, Musick's Feast. Hunter is a conductor, vocal coach, accompanist, and harpist. She teaches voice, piano, and harp privately and at SOU.

Admission is free and there will be a post-concert reception.

Call 858-8037.

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