Chicago Instrumental Ensemble Bringing Baroque Music to Hatfield Hall

Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Rook Al Schmidt Concert Article

Step Back In Time: Rook, a Chicago based instrumental group, is being featured in this year's Al Schmidt Concert show at the Hatfield Hall Theater.

Travel back to the musical richness of the Baroque and Renaissance eras when the mixed instrument ensemble Rook comes to the Hatfield Hall Theater on Friday, January 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Rook explores the music of the 16th and 17th centuries with an unusual combination of brass and string instruments. It also represents Chicago's new generation of period-style performers and collaborates regularly with vocalists and other instrumentalists to bring this music to modern audiences.

The group features trombonist Paul Von Hoff, cellist Jeremy David Ward, Mark Shuldiner on historical keyboards, and Jakob Hansen on violin.

In Chicago, Rook has performed at a variety of venues, including the Chicago Cultural Center, the Morton Arboretum, Northwestern University's Alice Millar Chapel, and St. John Cantius Church. The group has also performed at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, the Boston and Madison Early Music Fringe Festivals, and a series of concerts with pioneering 16th and 17th century-era violinist David Douglass. Rook released its first album, eleven, in the fall of 2014.

Rook's performance at Hatfield Hall is part of the Al Schmidt Concert Series, named in honor of the late Alfred R. Schmidt, a member of the Rose-Hulman mathematics faculty for 46 years. An accomplished musician, he accompanied the Rose Glee Club and served as its adviser for 35 years, and played the organ at every commencement from 1959 until his retirement in 1995.

The Alfred R. Schmidt Artistic Fund was established to support Rose-Hulman's performing arts program. The campus's White Chapel organ and its Steinway grand piano were also donated by Schmidt.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youths, and are available online at, by phone at 812-877-8544, or at the Hatfield Hall ticket desk on Tuesdays through Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and two hours before the show. Tickets and complete show information are also available at