'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 Year's 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 are returning to the Rogue Valley and St. Mark's in this annual concert. As in previous concerts over the years, other musicians will be joining in. This year's guest artists will include organist Margaret Evans, pianist Laurie Anne Hunter and mezzo-soprano Barbara Evans O'Donnell.
The program will include three pieces in folk style by Robert Schumann for bassoon and piano, a Georg Philipp Telemann vocal contata with mezzo-soprano, bassoon and organ, plus a suite for bassoon and piano by Aleksander Tansman.
The concert will conclude with an unusual arrangement for bassoon and trombone from Aaron Copland's ballet suite "Billy The Kid."
An Ashland native, Boldt-Neurohr is writing her dissertation on arundo donax, the bassoon reed, the final requirement for her doctorate 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 completing his dissertation on musical literature for the trombone as his final requirement toward his doctorate 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.
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.
St. Mark's regularly hosts musical programs such as the Music at St. Mark's series and the New Year's Eve presentation of classical music.
Admission is free and there will be a post-concert reception.