Al Schmidt Concert
This performance is named in honor of the late Alfred R. Schmidt, who served on the Rose-Hulman mathematics faculty for 46 years. An accomplished musician, he accompanied the Rose Glee Club and served as its adviser for 25 years, and played the organ at every commencement from 1959 until his retirement in 1995.
Schmidt’s generous support provided Hatfield Hall with a Renaissance R-380 digital organ. One of the most technically advanced pipeless organs, it features the world’s first programmable stop list, SoundMatrix technology and Virtual Acoustics features ranging from pipe chamber to cathedral sounds.
The White Chapel’s organ, and its Steinway grand piano, were also donated by Schmidt.
Dedicated in 2002, the non-denominational White Chapel was made possible by a $1.5 million lead gift from the late John White and his wife, Elizabeth of Terre Haute.
Rook is a mixed instrument ensemble dedicated to the music of the 16th and 17th centuries. 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.