Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr and friends at St. Mark's

"The bassoon is a goofy-looking instrument," Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr says. "It's been labeled 'the clown of the orchestra,' but it sounds beautiful."

Boldt-Neurohr will present her eighth annual Bassoon and Friends concert Sunday, Jan. 3, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Medford.

"The bassoon is a rare (instrument)," Boldt-Neurohr says. "Which is why these concerts are so much fun. They raise awareness and interest in the instrument."

Boldt-Neurohr will be joined by her husband and trombonist John Neurohr, along with organist Margaret Evans, flutist Debra Harris, pianist and harpist Laurie Anne Hunter and mezzo-soprano Barbara Evans O'Donnell.

The group will present a program of works by André Jolivet, Georg Philipp Telemann and Manuel de Falla — plus a piece by P.D.Q. Bach.

"The most exciting will be the piece by Jolivet," Boldt-Neurohr says. "He was a 20th-century French composer. The piece is called "Pastorale de Noël." It is an unusual piece for flute, bassoon and harp.

"It's movements are based on scenes from the Christmas story," Boldt-Neurohr says. "So it is very appropriate for the season."

Boldt-Neurohr will present bassoon solos and Neurohr will play trombone solos during the concert.

"And we will play a very humorous piece, 'Dutch,' " by P.D.Q. Bach," Boldt-Neurohr says.

P.D.Q. Bach is the 18th-century alter ego of composer Peter Schickele.

"His music includes classical parodies of well-known themes by J.S. Bach," Boldt-Neurohr says. " 'Dutch' is a play on Bach's famous French and English suites."

The group also will perform a cantata by Telemann.

"It's a moral cantata," Boldt-Neurohr says. "It's a series of seven different cantatas on morals. We've done one each year for this recital series. This is the seventh, so it will be the last Telemann we'll do."

The concert at St. Mark's is much like anniversary show — the anniversary of Neurohr's on-stage marriage proposal to Boldt during a New Year's Eve concert at the church in 2006.

"It was a great proposal," Boldt-Neurorh says. "I was very surprised."

The two married at St. Mark's during the summer of 2008. They presented a wedding concert two days before the ceremony.

Boldt-Neurohr was born and raised in Ashland. She went to Ithaca College in New York State for her undergraduate studies and then received her master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She returned to Ashland and taught as an adjunct professor for three years at Southern Oregon University.

Boldt-Neurohr received her doctorate of musical arts in bassoon performance and pedagogy this summer from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is an adjunct professor of music at Metro State College in Denver, and she performs with ensembles such as the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra, the Longmont Symphony and the Fort Collins Symphony. She also teaches private basson lessons.

Neurohr also received his doctorate in musical arts in trombone performance and pedagogy this past summer from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is principal trombonist with the Cheyenne Symphony and performs in several other professional musical groups including the Longmont, San Juan and Fort Collins Symphonies and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra.

Neurohr founded the Apollo Chamber Brass Quintet in 2004, and he and the other members have provided outreach music programs at various band camps and public schools around Colorado. Neurohr tours nationally with the brass quintet.

Evans is professor emerita of music at SOU, the music director at St. Mark's, director of the St. Mark's concert series and is a past vice president of the American Guild of Organists. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.

Vocalist O'Donnell is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, and she has performed with orchestras in Japan, Mexico and the U.S. She sings with the early music vocal ensemble, Musick's Feast.

Hunter is a conductor, vocal coach, accompanist and harpist. She is the director of music at the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland and teaches privately and at SOU.

Harris is a flutist and ticket manager with the Rogue Valley Symphony.

Admission to the concert at St. Mark's is free, and a reception will follow. Call 858-8037.

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