Lady Gaga and Philip Glass to be in Wicker Park Sunday


Nicholas Jeffery, Violetta Todorova, Sarah Marsh and Eugene Kaler at the July concert

Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Harold Arlen, Aaron Copland, Philip Glass and more will all be in Wicker Park this Sunday, Aug. 10, 11 a.m. to noon, thanks to the talents of the Symphony Sounds String Quartet (SSSQ). 

In the third of the Quartet's four concerts in Wicker Park this summer, music selections are from American composers. Five movements of Philip Glasses "String Quartet #5" will start out the concert. 

Jeremy Grimshaw describes Glass' work, "The commercial success Philip Glass enjoyed during the 1980s and the immediate discernability of his signature sonorities (minor-mode arpeggios, shifting metrical emphases) led some critics to accuse him of writing formulaic music. And indeed, the predictability of the opening measures of many of his scores may distract from the unexpected subtleties subsequently unfolding in the music. In the case of his String Quartet No. 5, however, Glass sets out from the start to create textures and moods seldom found in his works, and to combine and synthesize his familiar musical trademarks in unexpected ways." 

After intermission, "Over the Rainbow" by Harold Arlen is the first of seven pieces that may sound more familiar to non-classical music lovers. It will be followed by "Chicago" (Fred Fisher), "New York, New York" (John Kander), "America"  from (Leonard Bernstein) from West Side Story, a medley of Michael Jackson work and end with "Lady Gaga Fugue"  based on the theme from the song "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga. 

For those who have not heard the fabulous performances of this ensemble of professional musicians here is a brief look at each of this week's musicians. 


Rebecca Zimmerman

While tendinitis will prevent Sarah Marsh,SSSQ's founder and President, from playing in this concert, Rebecca Zimmerman will be this week's cellist. An active chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher in Chicago, she performs regularly with Camerata Chicago (Assistant Principal), New Millenium Orchestra and Elgin Symphony. She is also on the faculty of Northwestern University Academy, Oak Park String Academy, the Eastern Music Festival, Glenbrook North and South High Schools and Vernon Hills High School. 

Before coming to Chicago, Zimmerman was a member of Canton Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, Richmond Symphony in Virginia, New World Symphony in Miami and Northwest Indiana Symphony. She received her M.M. from Northwestern University, Magna Cum Laude, under the instruction of Hans Jorgen Jensen and her B.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the instruction of Stephen Geber.  Her instrument is  a William Whedbee cello and a Seppelfrick bow, both of which were created by Chicago-based artists. 


Ryan Loeckel

The two violinists will be Ryan Loeckel, who has performed in these concerts many times, and Madeline Capistran.  Trained as a classical violinist and violist at Ohio State University, Loeckel has played in Principal positions under such conductors and composers as John Corigliano, Alessandro Siciliani, Louis Lane, Michael Tilson Thomas, Carl Topilow, and Krzysztof Penderecki.  Beyond the classical world, he has extensive performance experience with musical theatre and national acts, including tours for Barry Manilow (as Concertmaster), Josh Groban, Kathy Mattea, Anne Murray, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Ben E. King, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, among others.  His playing, singing, and arrangements have been heard on National Public Radio and PBS stations throughout the United States. 

Madeline Capistran holds a B.M. in violin performance from Michigan State University and a M.M. in violi


Madeline Capistran

n performance from DePaul University, where she studied with Ilya Kaler. As an active orchestral and chamber musician, Capistran was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two seasons, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony for four years and has attended such summer programs as Musicorda, Meadowmount, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival, Dakota Chamber Music, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chamber Music Institute. As a soloist, Capistran has performed with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, the Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphony, on National Public Radio's show "From the Top" with pianist Christopher O'Riley, and most recently with Chicago’s Logan Chamber Players. She performs regularly with the New Millennium Orchestra, Chamber Opera Chicago, and Access Contemporary Music. 


Dave Moss

Playing viola will be Dave Moss. With extensive experience as a solo artist, chamber collaborator, and orchestral musician, his technical and musical insight, range from the early baroque performance practices to the most progressive contemporary music. 

Recent collaborations include performances on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series and performances with Chicago’s period instrument ensemble Baroque Band. Moss has also been involved with current chamber music performances at Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Merkin Concert Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Smithsonian Institute. 

With an emphasis on contemporary music, Moss has collaborated with Samuel Adler, Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Eötvös, Mohammed Fairouz, Helmut Lachenmann and Yehudi Wyner. He has performed with many leading new music ensembles including Axiom Ensemble, The New Juilliard Ensemble, Mimesis Ensemble and with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble and Continuum.Moss has performed with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Buffalo Philharmonic, Akron and Canton Symphonies and as Principal of the New York String Orchestra Seminar. 

For those interested in homebrewing, ask him about his award winning Blackberry Stout! 

Bring a blanket or use the chairs, pickup some food from the Farmer's Market or bring your own, but do bring yourself and friends (well behaved four-legged friends welcome too.)

The next and last SSSQ concert  and their 5th year of concerts in Wicker Park will be Sept. 14 with music from South American composers. 

Support for the series is from St. Paul's Community Church, Symphony Sounds, Wicker Park Choral Singers, Wicker Park Garden Club, Wicker Park Advisory Council, Mosaic Church, Our Urban Times, Urban Encounter, Friends of the Parks, Wicker Park Chamber , David's Tea and the Chicago Park District.


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