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1099 String Quartet

Sunday, August 26, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Sundays, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 12, August 26, September 9, 2018
11am – 12:30pm

No Admission Charge 

LOCATION: Damen/Schiller Entrance

SIGN UP for the 10am Historic Park & Garden Tour


“Reflection: Celebrating Life with Dvořák”

In memory of George Mariner

Emily Nash, Violin

Matthew Cataldi, Violin

Ryan Loeckel, Viola

Christopher Ferrer, Cello

Deb Koczian Stevenson, English Horn

Will Justice, Audio Engineer


WORKS BY Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841-1904)

String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 “American”

Allegro ma non troppo


Molto vivace

Finale: vivace ma non troppo


Songs My Mother Taught Me (from Gypsy Songs)


Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World”, Op. 95, B. 178


Musician Bios

Emily Nash began her violin studies at the age of seven.  She finished her MM in violin performance with Almita Vamos at Northwestern University, graduating early and with high honors. She also studied with Roland Vamos and chamber music with Mathias Tacke from the Vermeer String Quartet.  She received her BM in violin performance from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while studying with Simin Ganatra. Growing up, Emily spent her summers attending California Summer Music, Interlochen Arts Camp, and Madeline Island. Emily has participated in master classes with the Silk Road Ensemble, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Wendy Sharp, Roland and Almita Vamos, John McGrosso, Kurt Baldwin, Rebecca Henry, and the Parker Quartet. She received the Farwell Award from the Musicians Club of Women Scholarship Competition in 2011, and has performed twice for them by request.  Emily frequently performed with Yo-Yo Ma during her time as Concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and is Associate Concertmaster of the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra. Along with performing, Emily also maintains a private violin studio and resides in Chicago with her husband.

Matthew Cataldi received a master’s of music degree in violin performance from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in music from Indiana University in Bloomington.  He is the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships and scholarships at the local, state and national levels.  Principal teachers have included Gerardo Ribeiro, Ilya Kaler, Davis Brooks and Anna Svirsky.  His coaches have included Mathias Tacke, DaXun Zhang, David Campbell, Ik-Hwan Bae, and Ann Setzer. As a violin teacher, Matt has given guest lectures and recitals in both modern and period stylistic practices at the Columbia College of Chicago and Lake Forest College. He also started the string educational programs at the Westerville (Ohio) Strings Academy and helped to start the Little Crickets Strings Program at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston.  His interest in contemporary music is mirrored by his performances in Accessible Contemporary Musicians, the Palomar Ensemble, Aperiodic, and by sponsoring new composers as Music Director of the Renovo String Orchestra.

Ryan Loeckel is an active musician, vocalist and arts administrator in the Chicagoland area.  Trained as a classical violinist and violist at the Ohio State University, he is a descendant of the Max Aronoff line of violists through studies with Marcia Ferritto.  He has played in Principal positions under conductors and composers such as John Corigliano, Alessandro Siciliani, Louis Lane, Michael Tilson Thomas and Krzysztof Penderecki, in addition to sharing the stage with various recording artists including Josh Groban, Idina Menzel and Barry Manilow amongst others.  Ryan’s playing, singing, and arrangements have been heard on syndicated National Public Radio broadcasts, aboard five-star Holland America Line ships and in hundreds of performances at professional Equity theaters.  Ryan is Executive Director of the Danville Symphony Orchestra in Danville, IL and a string educator with Danville District 118 Schools.

Christopher Ferrer is a member of Lakeshore Rush and teaches at the New Music School. He performs with Camerata Chicago and has been a featured chamber musician on WFMT. From 2013-2014 he worked as principal cellist for the West Side Story North American Tour. Christopher attended the Royal College of Music in London and Northern Illinois University. While in high school, he was a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Encore Chamber Orchestra. Christopher studied cello with Ann Griffin, John Sharp, Sasha Boyarsky, and Cheng-Hou Lee. He has had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses and participate in coachings with Julian Jacobson, Janet Hilton, Lewis Kaplan, and Warren Jones.

Deb Koczian Stevenson has been a freelance oboist and musician contractor in the Chicago area for over twenty years. She is founder and oboist with the Metropolis Quartet, and a member of the Metropolis and Lake Forest Symphonies. Other groups frequently performed with are the Milwaukee Symphony, Ars Viva Orchestra, Handel Week Festival and the Apollo Chorus. Ms. Stevenson can be heard on recordings of the Strauss Alpine Symphony and Stravinsky’s complete Firebird Suite with the Chicago Symphony; I Know Where I’m Going and Christmas in St. Charles with the St. Charles Singers; The Soundstage Sessions with Stevie Nicks; Messiah with Apollo Chorus; recordings for GIA music publishing company and the Milwaukee Symphony; and Music from the Bolivian Rainforest with the Metropolis Symphony. Ms. Stevenson studied oboe and English horn at the University of Louisville, Northern Illinois University, Boston University and Northwestern University, where she received her Master of Music degree.

The Wicker Park Advisory Council & Garden Club in partnership with the Chicago Park District will present The 1099 String Quartet, a cutting edge professional string quartet led by Ryan Loeckel.  The quartet will present thematic programs and perform outside in the park on 2nd & 4th Sundays of June, July, and August. To enhance the performances’ thematic contents, additional instruments will be added to the quartet for some of the performances.

Come at 10am and take a tour of the Park and Gardens before the performance.  Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy or pick up some food at the Farmers Market.





Sunday, August 26, 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Wicker Park Advisory Council


1425 N. Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
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Wicker Park Field House
1425 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

1425 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 9am-9pm
Sat: 9am-5pm
Sun: Open 9am – 5pm Jun-Oct
Sun: Closed Nov-Jun

Park Supervisor
Claribel “Clare” Rodriguez