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Home Landscape Design Workshop

HOME LANDSCAPE DESIGN WORKSHOP
Saturday, January 11 – March 7, 2020 (8 Weeks)

10am – 1pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Limit 40 - $130Registration Opens in JUNE 2019

REGISTRATION FOR ENTIRE SERIES ENDS Saturday, January 11- No Late Registration

QUESTIONS: Contact Doug.Wood@WickerPark.org

An Excellent Holiday Gift - Contact us for Details.

The Workshop gives you the ability to Create Your Own Landscape for your Home, Business, Park, or Church. A percentage of the fees help fund our 10,000 square feet of gardens in the park.

Now in its 14th year the Wicker Park Garden Club’s workshop is taught by 6 professional designers and 10 veteran gardens from all over Chicagoland. The 8 week series takes the students through the process of design - both in lectures and in weekly hands-on design projects:

  • Creating a site plan
  • Determining usage and bed areas
  • Incorporating architectural influences of the home into the landscape design
  • Exploring various hardscape and water usage options
  • Studying and designing with various sustainable plant palettes for sun and shade
  • Learning to incorporate 4 season interest into your designs
  • Understanding native and sustainable plant palettes and how to work with them
  • Incorporating vegetables and herbs into your home landscape design.

Students work will be view and critiqued weekly by the instructors and by other students.


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Meditation in the Park

MEDITATION IN THE PARK
Every Wednesdays, June 5 - August 28
6:30pm-7:15pm

No Admission Charge 

LOCATION: Field near Schiller
RAIN LOCATION: Gym

Wicker Park Advisory Council and Zen Yoga Garage in partnership with the Chicago Park District will present a large group, guided meditation outside in the beautiful Wicker Park.

Bring something soft to sit on or find a spot on the grass and settle in as a meditation teacher lulls you into deep relaxation and stress release.


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2019 WPB Farmers Market

WPB FARMERS MARKET
Every Sunday June 2- October 27, 2019
8am – 2pm

No Admission Charge 

LOCATION Rain or Shine: West Side of Field House between Wicker Park Avenue and Fountain.

The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Chicago Park District will present the Wicker Park Farmers Market each Sunday in Wicker Park from the beginning of June to the end of October.

Local vendors will be offering all the best in handmade and homegrown to get the summer started right. Our fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods, meats, cheeses, and flowers will be anything but garden-variety. The market is a great opportunity for kids and adults alike to learn about the food we eat from the farm to our table, straight from the farmer’s mouth.

MORE about the WPB Farmers Market


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Garden Tending & Hort Training 2019

GARDENING TENDING & HORT TRAINING
Every Saturday, April 6 – November 16, 2019
10am – 1pm

NO Admission Charge 

MEET at Wicker Park Fountain Fountain

BRING a trowel, pruners, gloves, and knee pads if you have them for gardening. WEAR clothes that you Don't Mind getting dirty.

CANCELED if Raining

MORE INFORMATION: Doug.Wood@WickerPark.org

 

REGISTRATION Required CLICK HERE

GARDEN WITH US! The Wicker Park Garden Club and Advisory Council in partnership with the Chicago Park District Community Gardens in the Parks offer you an opportunity to garden each Saturday. Learn horticultural techniques, get some exercise, and meet new friends as you beautify Wicker Park’s 10,000 square feet of ornamental gardens.   The gardens are designed, funded and maintained by the Wicker Park Garden Club.

DESIGN YOUR GARDEN: We'd like for you to learn to design Your Garden as you volunteer.  In addition, we have a special 8 week long Home Landscape Design Workshop beginning on Saturday, January 11, 2020 - Read About it HERE.

 


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Earth Day-Mulch & Dog Park Cleaning

MULCH DAY & DOG PARK CLEANING DAY
Saturday, April 6, 2019
9am - 1pm

No Admission Charge 

LOCATION: Meet at Field House West Door to Sign in.

VOLUNTEER SIGN UP & Waiver Download

The Wicker Park Advisory Council and Garden Club in Partnership with the Chicago Park District will host a Mulch & Dog Park Cleaning Day. Come and help mulch all the trees in the Park, clean the Dog Park, and rake the lawns. Applying mulch around the trees helps to enrich the soil and helps retain moisture at the base of the trees.

Give Back to the Park YOU Love!

WEAR: Wear clothes that you can get dirty, gloves and close toed shoes - NO Sandals.

TOOLS WILL BE PROVIDED - Forks, Rakes, Shovels, Wheel Barrels, Brooms
BUT BRING TOOLS if you have them.

ALL CHILDREN under 12 must be supervised by & work with their parents at all times.


Boo-Palooza

BOO-PALOOZA

Fall Fun and a FUNDRAISER for the 2019 CREATE SERIES
Saturday, October 27, 2018 (Rain Date-Sunday, October 28)

TIME: 10am – 2pm

FEE: SUGGESTED DONATION - $10 per family or $10 per Group of 2-4 Adults - FUNDRAISER for 2019 CREATE SERIES EVENTS

LOCATION: All Park - Wicker Park 1425 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60622     MORE INFO: Doug.Wood@WickerPark.org

*THANK YOU - We THANK Our Event Sponsors, Activity Area sponsors, Activity Table Presenters, and Especially The Volunteers! 

VIEW PARTNER's Logos ABOVE & Links to Their Websites Below

VOLUNTEER: Click HERE

The Wicker Park Advisory Council's BOO-PALOOZA 2018 will feature numerous organizations working together to present a memorable event for all ages in Wicker Park. Produced in Partnership with Chicago Park District.

*READ ABOUT BOO-PALOOZA IN PAST YEARS - Story With Photos

  

PERFORMANCE  STAGE in FIELD

        10am - Dance to Evolve  - Children - Come to the STAGE  - Dance to Kick OFF BOO-PALOOZA

        10:30 - Mr. Dave Music Performs - Sponsored by Ask Nagel Realty

        11:30 - 1:30pm - Mr. Dave and His Team - Lead the Parades & Announce the Winners with Our COSTUME JUDGES

        1:30pm - Bollywood Groove™    Interactive Performance - Dance to Close BOO-PALOOZA

COSTUME PARADES – Prizes for BEST Costumes in Each of The Parades

        11:30am – Parade for Children, Families Adults - Primary Sponsor - Bucktown Community Organization

                  PRIZES FOR - Best Child's Costume, Family Group Costume, Adult Costume

        12:30pm – Parade for Dogs & Their Owners - Sponsors - Doggy Style Pet Shop & Canine Crews

                  PRIZES FOR - Best Dog Costume, Dog & Family Group Costume, Most Creative

PARADE JUDGES & COORDINATORS

LEAD Parade Coordinator People’s Parade & Dog Parade

Olivia Belmonti - (Bucktown Community Organization)

Parade Announcer & Parade Music -  Mr. Dave Music TEAM

Stage Coordinator - Leah Root (Wicker Park Committee)

JESTERS- Parade Walking Leaders  Jake Moore (WPAC)  Tatjana Moffit (WPAC)

PEOPLE’S PARADE JUDGES

JUDGES - BEST CHILD’S COSTUME – 3 Prizes

Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward) - Best Child's Costume

Claribel Rodriguez (Chicago Park District) Best Child's Costume

Greg Nagel - (Ask Nagel Realty) Best Child's Costume

 

JUDGES - BEST DRESSED FAMILY – 3 Prizes

Maria Stone (Chicago Park District) Best Dressed Family

Melissa Connell (Magnolia Pediatric Dentistry) - Best Dressed Family

Rocio Varela - (1st Ward) Best Dressed Family

 

JUDGES - BEST ADULT’S COSTUME

John Geahan - (2nd Ward) - Best Adult Costume

Leah Root - (Wicker Park Committee)- Best Adult Costume

Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) (Best Adult Costume)

 

DOG PARADE JUDGES

Kayla Zynda – (Doggy Style Pet Shop)

Catherine Crews (Canine Crews)

Dr. Kari Schmidt, D.C. (Health Source One of Chicago Wicker Park)

Adam Housley  (Wicker Park Advisory Council)

PRIZES for Children, Families and Adults from: 

Building Blocks Toys          

Kind Snacks         

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream         

Lisa Wronski Artwork

One Off Hospitality         

Chop Shop & 1st Ward Events

Magnolia Pediatric Dentistry

Publican Anker 

Big Star         

Dove’s Lunchoenette         

The Velvet Hour

Green Fields Academy

PRIZES for DOGS from:

Doggy Style Pet Shop

Canine Crews

 

ACTIVITIES AREAS - 10am - 2pm will Include:

        ***Ghost Bingo for All Ages - 10am - 11:15 ONLY inside Field House

        *Activity tables Presented by Community Organizations and Businesses

        *Dog Activity Area

        *Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin Decorating

        *A MAZE - Just Try to Find Your Way OUT!

        *FIND the 'Needle' in the Straw Stack

        *Bobbing for Apples & Apples on a String

        *Face Painting

 

DOG ACTIVITY AREA – SPONSORS & ACTIVITY TABLES AT EVENT

Doggy Style Pet Shop

Canine Crews

Health Source of Chicago – Wicker Park

The Klopas Stratton Team - Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Koenig Rubloff

 

ACTIVITY TABLES

1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno

2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins

32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack

Ask Nagel Realty

Beacon Donuts at WPB Farmers Market

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Koenig Rubloff

Bollywood Groove™

Building Blocks Toys   

Chess Wizards

Children’s Learning Place

Chop Shop & 1st Ward Events

Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center

Culliton Quinn Landscape Architecture

Dance to Evolve

Daniel La Spata for First Ward Alderman

Davids Tea-Bucktown

Friends of Pritzker

Goldfish Swim School

Green Fields Academy

Health Source of Chicago - Wicker Park

Junior League of Chicago Kids in the Kitchen

Kambs-Jennings Group of Compass Mortgage

Kind Snacks 

Lifeway

Magnolia Pediatric Dentistry

Melissa Conyears-Ervin – State Representative 10th District

Pearachute Kids  

Purple Monkey Playroom

RXBAR

SIEF International School

St. Stan’s Catholic School

The Kid’s Table

The Nicholson School

Trevor Grant for First Ward Alderman

Volumes Books

Wicker Park Lutheran Church

WickerICE Rink

WPB Farmers Market

Zen Yoga Garage

 

EVENT DESIGNERS AND PRODUCERS

Wicker Park Advisory Council & Garden Club

Chicago Park District - Partner

 

EVENT SPONSORS – Sponsors of All Activity Areas

Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area #33

Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center

1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno

2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins

32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack

Ask Nagel Realty

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Koenig Rubloff

Culliton Quinn Landscape Architecture

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce

Bucktown Community Organization

Wicker Park Committee

 

ACTIVITY AREA SPONSORS

Black Diamond Solutions (The Maze)

Chicago Signs & Screens (The Maze)

Goldfish Swim School (Pumpkin Patch & Pumpkin Decorating)

Kambs-Jennings Group of Compass Mortgage (Face Painting)

Melissa Conyears-Ervin – State Representative 10th District (Face Painting)

Nichols Farm & Orchard (Bobbing for Apples)

Pearachute Kids (Face Painting)

Shelby Beierle Hasten - @ Properties (The Maze)

SIEF International School (Face Painting)

Wicker Park Lutheran Church (Pumpkin Patch & Pumpkin Decorating)

 

THE INCREDIBLE VOLUNTEER TEAMS PLUS INDIVIDUALS from All Groups Above

AT&T Chicago Team

Chicago buildOn

Chicago Bulls College Prep

Holy Trinity High School

Josephinum Academy

Junior League of Chicago DONE IN A DAY

Wicker Park Advisory Council & Garden Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1099 String Quartet

1099 STRING QUARTET - Last Concert of the Season
Sundays, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 12, August 26, September 9, 2018
11am – 12:15pm

No Admission Charge 

LOCATION: Damen/Schiller Entrance
RAIN LOCATION: Gym

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.

 

PROGRAM – September 9, 2018 at 11am

The 1099 String Quartet

“Bach to Basics”

Jaime Gorgojo, violin

Songhea Sackrider, violin

Ryan Loeckel, viola

Christopher Ferrer, cello

 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) arr. Hersh

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

 

J.S. Bach

Allegro from Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042

 

J.S. Bach

Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3 In D Major, BWV 1068

 

J.S. Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F major, BWV 1047

Allegro

Andante

Andante assai

 

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Pavane in F-sharp minor, Op. 50

 

J.S. Bach

Largo from Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043

 

J.S. Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048

[Allegro – But No Tempo Designation]

Andante (in D minor)

Allegro assai

 

J.S. Bach (arr. Seidenberg)

Bach’s Lunch (from the Turtle Island String Quartet

Musician Bios

 Jaime Gorgojo is violin and viola instructor at Northeastern Illinois University. In addition to his teaching pursuits, Dr. Gorgojo is in great demand as a performer. In 2010, he was appointed Concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and has performed under the baton of renowned conductors such as Ricardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Essa-Pekka Salonen and Cliff Colnot. He has been a guest Concertmaster for the Green Bay Symphony, and Assistant Concertmaster of the International Beethoven Festival in Chicago. Recent highlights in Dr. Gorgojo’s career are chamber music appearances with Yo-Yo Ma on the Chicago Symphony Center Presents series, and on the DePauw Discourse at DePauw University. He has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician in Spain, France, Mexico, Canada and the Middle East. For two seasons, Dr. Gorgojo worked with the MusiCorps Program, a training and access program of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra that provides performances in schools and city parks around the Chicago metropolitan area.

 Song­hea Sackrider received her Bachelors degree in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan and a Masters degree in Violin Performance from Northwestern University. She has been a member of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and guest principal and soloist with the Kalamazoo Symphony and is a recipient of the Kapnick Scholar Fellowship with the Civic Orchestra and Northwestern University. Songhea is on faculty at the New Music School and GEMS World Academy.

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 (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.

 


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Wicker Mic

WICKER MIC

LAST WickerMIC - August 31


Fridays, June 29, July 27, August 31, 2018
6pm – 8:45pm

Performers Sign up at 5:45pm.
No Admission Charge

LOCATION: Softball Field near Schiller
RAIN LOCATION: Canceled if Raining

Wicker Park Advisory Council in partnership with the Chicago Park District will present Wicker MIC on 4th Fridays of June, July, and August.

You are invited to perform music, poetry, or the spoken word or Just Listen and Enjoy. Bring a Picnic Dinner and Enjoy!


1099 String Quartet

1099 STRING QUARTET
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
RAIN LOCATION: Gym

SIGN UP for the 10am Historic Park & Garden Tour

CONCERT PROGRAM 08/26/2018

“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

Lento

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

Largo

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.

PROGRAM

CHECK BACK FOR PROGRAM DETAILS

 


1099 String Quartet

1099 STRING QUARTET
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
RAIN LOCATION: Gym

PROGRAM

Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 11am – 12:30 in Wicker Park

The 1099 String Quartet

“Jumping Through Loops”

Emily Nash, violin

Matthew Cataldi, violin

Ryan Loeckel, viola

Dorothy Deen, cello

 

A. Ponchielli (1834-1886)

Dance of the Hours

 

A. Corelli (1653-1713)

Menuetto

 

P. Glass (b. 1937)

String Quartet No. 5 (abridged)

Meno

Molto Sostenuto

Più Mosso

 

G.F. Handel (1685-1759)

La Rejouissance

 

P. Glass (b. 1937)

String Quartet No. 3

1957: Award Montage

 

Coldplay (2003): Berryman, Buckland, Champion, Martin

Clocks

 

P. Glass (b. 1937)

String Quartet No. 3

Blood Oath

Mishima

Closing

 

L. Schifrin (b.1932)

Mission: Impossible

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.

Dorothy Deen is a native Chicagoan and has been a professional cellist, educator, arts advocate and live music contractor for over 25 years. She earned her master's degree in cello performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University and then embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. The life of a musical entrepreneur.  Currently, Dorothy performs with the New Philharmonic at COD’s Macininch Arts Center, is the principal cellist for Light Opera Works in Evanston, and is an active recitalist in the Chicago area. She loves her work on a wide variety of recording projects for classical, jazz, liturgical and pops ensembles. Her pride and joy is the Naperville Chamber Players, a group she co-founded with Marie Bennett to promote truly accessible chamber music in Chicagoland.  Dorothy is also a youth orchestra coach and maintains a private cello teaching studio in her hometown’s Bartlett Arts Center. Her hobbies are running for a cause, reading escapist fiction, volunteering for the arts, babysitting her many nieces and nephews, selling cookies and walking the world’s cutest dogs.

SIGN UP for the 10am Historic Park & Garden Tour

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.