• The Carnegie Hall Master Class: Rook on Period Instruments

    Members of Rook, an ensemble taking part in Carnegie Hall’s first early-music professional training program, share what it's like to perform on 16th-century instruments, such as the sackbut and the harpsichord.

    Led by three members of the celebrated and remarkably versatile ensemble L’Arpeggiata—artistic director Christina Pluhar, violinist Veronika Skuplik, and cornettist Doron David Sherwin—the workshop will explore vocal interpretation (from the perspective of both singers and continuo players), ensemble playing, and improvisation.


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    Rook is a mixed-instrument ensemble dedicated to the music of the Renaissance and early Baroque. Rook explores this music with an unusual combination of brass and string instruments that, while popular 400 years ago, creates colors that are missing from modern music making. The core of the ensemble comprises 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.