What happens when Early Music goes up to “11”? Rook’s “Eleven Concert” demonstrates the shifting dynamic when composers influenced by the grandeur of the Venetian style wanted to push music over the edge.
Rook’s March 23 concert closes the season of the 12th annual Early Music Series which features highly acclaimed musicians performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Admission is $18 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.
Hear Chicago’s new generation of historically informed performers in intense interpretations of both 16th and 17th century music on an unusual combination of instruments. Rook performers include Jakob Hansen on the Baroque violin, Mark Shuldiner on harpsichord, Paul Von Hoff on tenor trombone and slide trumpet, and Jeremy David Ward on bass violin.
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.
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, exit Route 120 west, turn south at Route 45, then right at Jones Point Road. Ample free parking is located adjacent to the Barn. Audience members are welcome to bring a bottle of wine to share with friends during performances.