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1099 String Quartet – 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


1099 STRING QUARTET – 2019 – INSIDE Field House if RAINING

Sundays at 11am – 12:30pm

June 9 & June 23
July 7 & July 21
August 11 & August 25
September 8

No Admission Charge 

LOCATION: Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60622
OUTSIDE PERFORMANCE SITE: Damen/Schiller Entrance to Park
RAIN LOCATION: Field House Gym


September 8, 2019 Program  “Sum of the Parts” (double string quartet)

Matthew Cataldi, violin               

Songhea Sackrider, violin

Emily Nash, violin                       

Jo Marie Sison, violin

Bruno Silva, viola                       

Sixto Franco, viola

Christopher Ferrer, cello            

Sara Sitzer, cello

Ryan Loeckel, Artistic Director/Sound Operations


 Suite for Solo Cello – J.S. Bach – Christopher Ferrer, cello


Passacaglia for Violin & Viola – Händel/Halvorsen

 Emily Nash, violin        Bruno Silva, viola


Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major – G.F. Händel

[Allegro]               Adagio                 Minuet                  Lentement           Bourrée
Allegro                 Arie                       [March]                 March                   Hornpipe


Holberg Suite – E. Grieg

 Präludium            Sarabande           Gavotte (Musette)


Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 – F. Mendelssohn

Allegro moderato ma con fuoco



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.

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, violist Bruno Silva.

Songhea Sackrider began studying the violin and piano, Suzuki Method at age 5. She continued studying music through college and graduate school earning first a Bachelor of Music (B.M. violin performance) from the University of Michigan with Andrew Jennings and a Master of Music (M.M. violin performance) from Northwestern University with Almita Vamos, where she attended on a full fellowship. She has given numerous performances throughout North America and Europe and is the recipient of awards from the Kapnick Foundation and JSR Foundation. Ms. Sackrider maintains an active performing and teaching career in Chicago.

Jo Marie Sison is a freelance violinist based in Chicago. After earning a BS in Financial Science at MIT with a Minor in Violin Performance with Lynn Chang, she moved to Italy to complete a BM and certificate studies with Carlo Ricci and Giuliano Carmignola; other principal teachers included Cyrus Forough, Roland and Almita Vamos, and Rachel Barton Pine. After her studies, Ms. Sison worked and toured in part-time and full-time capacities in Italy, Switzerland, and Portugal. As a member of Orchestra Mozart, she performed regularly with Claudio Abbado and Diego Matheuz in the orchestra’s home cities of Bologna and Lucerne, for season concerts and European tours as well as for the Lucerne Easter and Summer Festivals. Now back in the United States, she is the concertmaster of the Fox Valley Orchestra and also plays with a number of Chicagoland and regional orchestras. She recently started experimenting with electronic looping and improvisation while touring the Midwest with a Celtic folk-rock group. Ms. Sison also writes grants for nonprofits (Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago High School for the Arts) in support of a more diverse and inclusive American arts community.

Bruno Silva began studying viola in 2004 in his native Brazil at the Escola de Musica de Brasilia. After one year, he placed in a solo competition and had the opportunity to perform with the Orquestra Sinfonica da Escola de Musica de Brasilia, performing the G Major Viola Concerto by Telemann. Bruno completed his undergraduate in music performance at North Park University where he studied with Charles Pikler, and his Master of Music degree at DePaul University, studying with Rami Solomonow. Bruno is a member of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and a freelance violist performing in many orchestras around Chicago.

Sixto Franco is a member of the Fifth House Ensemble, and enjoys an active career as a performer, teacher and composer, including performances with Eighth Black Bird, International Chamber Artists, Symbiosis Ensemble in L.A., the Kaia String Quartet, Chicago Chamber Music Festival and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. He enjoys composing and has written music for different mediums such as chamber music, theater and dance, and made his debut in 2011 premiering his work “Blanco y Negro” in a Cancer Benefit at the Spanish Consulate in Los Angeles. The “malArte Association” of Valencia, Spain, premiered his piece Five “O’clock Tabu” as the soundtrack for the interdisciplinary work with the same title. His last collaboration included the Chicago’s Tiffany Lawsone Dance Company resulting in the creation of “Calm Panic” for solo viola and dancer. Sixto has released three albums: “Latino Music for Guitar and string quartet” (2018) released by DelMark records, “Latinoamerica” (2015) and “Quartango” (2016) as a member of the Chicago based Kaia String Quartet. He is a Master Graduate from Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California and has earned a Performance Degree in Chamber Music studies at the Northern Illinois University. www.fifth-house.com

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, and has had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses with Julian Jacobson, Janet Hilton, Lewis Kaplan, and Warren Jones.

Sara Sitzer, whose playing has been described as “rich” and “lustrous” by the Chicago Classical Review, is an active and versatile freelance cellist and entrepreneur in Chicago. A member the Elgin Symphony, Sara also performs regularly with orchestras and ensembles including the Milwaukee Symphony and Chicago Opera Theater, among others.  Ms. Sitzer is founding Artistic Director of the Gesher Music Festival in St. Louis, MO, and founding Co-Artistic Director of Chamber Music on the Fox in Elgin, IL. She spends her summers performing and teaching at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sara holds performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Boston University, and completed a 3-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

Ryan Loeckel is an active musician, actor, vocalist, and collaborative arts producer based in Chicago and Central Florida. Trained as a classical violist and violinist at the Ohio State University, he is a descendant of the Max Aronoff line of violists through studies with Marcia Ferritto at Kent State University, and studied chamber music with the founding members of the Cavani String Quartet. Ryan has played in Principal positions under John Corigliano, Louis Lane, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Krzysztof Penderecki in addition to sharing the stage on tour with various artists including Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Anne Murray, Barry Manilow, and the late Ben E. King. His playing, singing, and arrangements have been heard on syndicated National Public Radio broadcasts, aboard five-star Holland America Line ships, and during hundreds of performances at theaters throughout the country. He was last seen on stage as Righteous Brother Bill Medley in That Lovin’ Feelin’ at the Beefhouse Dinner Theatre (IN). In Illinois, Ryan was Music Coordinator at the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue, managed the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and served as Executive Director of the Danville Symphony Orchestra. Ryan will perform, collaborate, or produce upcoming productions of John & Jen, Assassins, Godspell, and several solo appearances during the 2019-20 season. His duo instrumental and vocal album A Quiet Christmas will be released December 2019. www.loeckel.com

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. To enhance thematic content of each performance additional instruments will be added to the quartet at 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 WPB Farmers Market (8am-2pm Each Week).


1099 SERIES – 2019

June 9, 2019

“Minuets & Marches” (2 violins, viola, cello)

Music to move the people! Classical favorites for dance and purpose, including Anna’s Minuet and Handel’s Water Music Suite.


June 23, 2019

“Jazz Cords” (2 violins, viola, cello)

Gershwin favorites and other jazzy fun including hits from Porgy and Bess and the infamous Rhapsody in Blue.


July 7, 2019

“Masters in America” (2 violins, viola, cello)

Classic music written in America including Samuel Barber’s beautiful Adagio for Strings, and favorites of Bernstein, Copeland, Paul McCartney, and Phillip Glass.


July 21, 2019

“Highs & Lows” (flute/piccolo, violin, viola, cello, bass)

What happens when you mix the highest of the high and the lowest of the low—a bass fiddle and a piccolo? Haunting beauty! Featuring the Devienne Duo in C Minor and Erwin Schulhoff’s Concertino for flute, viola, and double bass.


August 11, 2019

“8-bit: Gamer’s Delight” (synth/tracks, 2 violins, viola, cello)

Classic video game melodies and original composition of ambient wizard Hippie Priest.


August 25, 2019

“Bach to Broadway” (2 violins, voice, keyboard)

Various selections spanning over 300 years of musical repertoire, including selections from the Baroque, Romantic opera, and modern Musical Theatre.


September 8, 2019

“Sum of the Parts” (double string quartet)

Bach: Unaccompanied Suite for cello (5:00)

Bach: Partita in E Major for violin (5:00)
Handel/Halvorsen: Passacaglia, Op. 20, No. 2 for violin & viola (7:00)

Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 (32:00)


About Ryan Loeckel – Artistic Director

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 Krzyszt of 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.




George Mariner & Michael Payette

Megan Williamson Artist & Creative Activist

Chicago Signs

Scuola Italiana Enrico Fermi

The CryoBar

Shelby Hasten @Properties

Chicago Park District

Nights Out in the Parks

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce



These Artists Submitted JPEGS of their Art Work and CREATED 8ft X 4ft Backdrops for String Performances

View the Work on the 1099 String Quartet Walls

CLICK artists Names and Learn More About Their Work or to Contact Them!

Adam Scott

Joseph Vallee

Megan Williamson

Moses Hoskins


Sunday, September 8, 2019
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Wicker Park Advisory Council


Wicker Park
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