Rook – Early Music Series 2015-2016

4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 13 at the Byron Colby Barn

Rook_editedROOK returns to the Byron Colby Barn for the Early Music Series,  which features highly acclaimed musicians performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Admission is $20 for adults and is available at the door only via cash or check (no credit cards). To inspire early appreciation for the arts, children under 16 are admitted free.

Rejoice in the season with “Jubilate!” performed by Chicago’s new generation of historically informed performers. ROOK (Paul Von Hoff, tenor trombone and slide trumpet; Jeremy David Ward, bass violin; Jakob Hansen, Baroque violin; Mark Shuldiner, harpsichord) augments its forces for this performance with additional singers, cornetto, and a complete set of Baroque trombones. Celebrate Advent and Christmas with the glorious music of Giovanni Gabrieli, Heinrich Schutz, Samuel Scheidt, and Johann Rudolph Ahle. Lobe ihn mit Posaunen!

ROOK explores the music of the 16th and 17th centuries with an unusual combination of brass and string instruments that, while popular 400 years ago, create colors that are missing from modern music making. The core of the ensemble is comprised of accomplished musicians from Chicago’s new generation of period style performers and collaborates regularly with vocalists and other instrumentalists to present this exciting music to modern audiences.

ROOK has performed in many diverse venues including the Chicago Cultural Center, the Morton Arboretum, Northwestern’s Alice Millar Chapel, and St. John Cantius Church (Chicago), as well as live on WFMT. ROOK has presented concerts 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 violinist David Douglass. In March of 2012 ROOK was selected as one of three ensembles to participate in the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop to work with L’Arpeggiata. ROOK presented a mini-residency in 2014 to Oberlin Conservatory’s Historical Performance Department, giving concerts and master classes on virtuoso 17th century performance practice, string band techniques from Zanetti, and a survey of historical trombone style. In the Fall of 2014 ROOK released its first album, “eleven”.

Incredible music and architectural beauty combine to create a unique concert experience at the Byron Colby Barn. The Byron Colby Barn is located at 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake, inside the Prairie Crossing conservation community. From I-94 north, exit Route 120 west, turn south at Route 45, then right at Jones Point Road. Ample free parking is located in the parking lot adjacent to the Barn. Audience members are welcome to bring a bottle of wine to share with friends during performances. Click here to learn more about the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn.

About the Musicians

Jakob Hansen earned his Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Northern Illinois University. While at NIU, Jakob was awarded a grant to study medieval music and string instrument technique at the Newberry Library. Pursuing a career as a specialist in early music, he performs with many area ensembles including The Newberry Consort, Northwestern University’s Dunbar Festival Orchestra, Madison Bach Musicians, and the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble. In 2011 he was selected for EMA’s Young Performer’s Festival, and performed as part of the Boston Early Music Festival.

Mark Shuldiner, historical keyboards, is a graduate of Oberlin’s Historical Performance program. Mark led a performance of Charpentier’s Les Arts Florissants to great acclaim on a fringe concert at the Boston Early Music Festival. A rising star of the Chicago early music scene, Mark has performed with The Newberry Consort, Music of the Baroque and Baroque Band. While maintaining a rigorous performing schedule, Mark also runs his own harpsichord repair and rental workshop and has provided tuning and maintenance solutions to many notable clients including The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and Chicago Opera Theater.

Paul Von Hoff performs extensively on both historic and modern trombones. In addition to his work with ROOK, Paul is a founding member of the Gaudete Brass Quintet, a modern brass quintet founded in 2004 that has toured extensively, given masterclasses at schools such as Juilliard and Eastman, recorded three albums, and has premiered over thirty new works. He is the trombone instructor at Carthage College as well on the music faculty at Roosevelt University as artist-in-residence with the Gaudete Brass Quintet. Paul holds a Bachelors degree cum laude from Northwestern University and a Masters Degree from Roosevelt University.

Jeremy David Ward is a cellist whose musical inspiration and repertoire spans from Renaissance dance music to the post-tonal works of Saariaho and Dutilleux. As a player of early bass instruments, he has enjoyed musicking with The Newberry Consort, Baroque Band, Bella Voce, and Three Notched Road. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, he recorded with Oberlin 21 and Yolanda Kondonassis for the album Air featuring music for flute and harp by Debussy and Takamitsu. Jeremy is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Music.