A bit of bassoon is a holiday tradition for Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr and her friends.

A bit of bassoon is a holiday tradition for Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr and her friends.

Boldt-Neurohr — a bassoonist who grew up in Ashland and now lives in Ellensburg, Wash., where her husband, John Neurohr, teaches at Central Washington University — returns to the Rogue Valley to perform a free concert each winter.

Her ninth annual Bassoon and Friends concert will be at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 426 W. Sixth St., Medford. Other performers include alto Barbara Evans O'Donnell, oboist Irene Fitch, trombonist Neurohr, pianist Laurie Ann Hunter and organist Margaret R. Evans.

The program will include a baroque piece from the oratorio "Joaz," by Antonio Caldara; "Tango-Nocturne" for bassoon and piano by French bassoonist Mathieu Lussier; "Four Sketches," a piece for bassoon, piano and oboe by Peter Hope; and others. A reception will follow the concert.

Admission is free. For more information, call 541-821-0977.