Lily Press, Harp and Simon Linn-Gerstein, Cello

Harp from Pasadena, CA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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Simon Linn-Gerstein, Cello
Lily Press, Harp

Lily Press & Simon Linn-Gerstein have been performing as a harp and cello duo for over a decade. They perform as Strange Interlude in intimate salon-style chamber concerts, performing music written for harp and cello as well as transcriptions they've created for their own unique instrumentation.

Lily & Simon also perform as an ensemble for weddings and events, bringing their years of experience playing in a variety of venues to each and every appearance. It is an honor to be part of some of the most joyous and momentous moments in client's lives and we are delighted to offer harp and cello, either as solo instruments or as a duo, for your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, or reception, as well as for gallery openings, fund raisers, memorial services, or other events.

We create custom arrangements upon request and are equally at home performing everything from pop music to R&B to jazz to classical to country to indie rock and everything in between! (Seriously – we've transcribed traditional Cape Verdean music, created a recessional based on the credits music from “Adventure Time” and played a bridal party down the aisle to the “Game of Thrones” theme – anything you want, just ask!)
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Testimonials

"The music was soothing and romantic – exactly the mood we wanted! It really made it
a unique and memorable experience for all! " – Sarah and Rohit

"I can't thank you enough for the incredible music you provided for our
wedding. I have received nothing but amazing feedback from our guests.
Your presence at the ceremony added such great value, Alex and I are
forever grateful." - Alexandra and Alex

"We can't thank you enough for playing at our wedding; we recieved many,
many rave reviews for the performance you and Lily did. We are very
lucky and blessed, thank you so much!" – Jennifer and Cory
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Musician Biographies

Simon Linn-Gerstein received his Master of Music degree in cello performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where he studied with Terry King. He also studied with Michal Schmidt at Haverford College, where he graduated with a B.A. in music. He has performed solo recitals for PBS Philadelphia, Rutgers-Camden Noontime Recital Series, and as a guest performer for the Network for New Music at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. He has collaborated with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Richard Wernick. In addition to performing as a soloist with the Salem Philharmonic, Symphony by the Sea chamber series, and the Paul Madore Chorale, Simon has performed as part of the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Symphony by the Sea, and MIT Concert Choir Orchestra. He has performed in masterclasses with Laurence Lesser, Matt Haimovitz, and David Finckel (of the Emerson String Quartet).


Harpist Lily Press performs professionally in orchestras, chamber ensembles, solo recital venues, and as a wedding musician. She plays both the concert grand pedal harp and Celtic folk harp.
Lily has performed in a variety of venues, including Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Palais Corbelli in Vienna, and Sanders Theatre at Harvard. Lily is one of the founding members of the SillyBird Contemporary Chamber Music Festival, which was founded in 2012 with the goal of performing contemporary chamber music in relaxed and non-traditional settings. As a chamber musician, Lily is a co-founder of Strange Interlude with cellist Simon Linn-Gerstein and is a member of the Latitude New Music Ensemble, a chamber orchestra based in Boston, MA. She has played with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, the Paul Madore Chorale and premiered Paul Brust's The Remembered Present with the Longy Conservatory Orchestra. A dedicated performer of new music, Lily has collaborated with a number of composers including Curt Cacioppo, Max Wanderman, and Jared Hettrick.
Lily has a B.A. in music from Haverford College, and a Master of Music in Harp Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she studied with Franziska Huhn.
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Wedding Ceremony

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I don't have enough words to describe how wonderful these two fabulous musicians are!!! Lily and Simon not only arranged music and adapted it fir the wedding, they also brought love and passion to the ceremony with their expert playing and artistic flair. Gorgeous music filled the room. The venue was upstairs--with no elevator--and they moved their instruments ups with no problems. They were conscious of timing, atmosphere, and the purpose of our event and added the most elegant touch--playing subtly in the background during Bible readings, and with power and depth during the bridal processional. Lily and Simon were the perfect touch--and the music was good, too! ??

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Cocktail Party

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Unfortunately I was not able to make it to the cocktail party that night. From, quote - booking - date/time change (at my boss's request) - performance, theses two get an A+. From the start Lily replied to my quote request within minutes of the request being sent. She was very professional and answered all my questions. The quote for the duo was quite reasonable. After booking 3/7 as the gig date, i needed to change it to 3/8. Lily was very accommodating and the date was amended with no issues. Note: I had only began to contact her a week prior to the event. The service and experience Lily and Simon provided was exceptional (my employer was present).

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Event

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Lily and Simon are wonderful. My guest loved them.

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2018
May
5
Wedding Ceremony
Ojai, CA
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2018
Jun
16
Wedding
Simi Valley, CA
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2018
Jun
22
Wedding Ceremony
Temecula, CA
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2018
Aug
24
Wedding Ceremony
Murrieta, CA
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
2018
Sep
2
Wedding Ceremony
Pasadena, CA
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
2018
Sep
22
Wedding Ceremony
Los Angeles, CA
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2018
Apr
14
Wedding Ceremony
Agoura Hills, CA
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
2018
Apr
3
Wedding Ceremony
Redlands, CA
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2018
Mar
8
Cocktail Party
San Gabriel, CA
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2018
Feb
22
Event
Alhambra, CA
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2018
Jan
31
Private Party
Woodland Hills, CA
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2017
Dec
21
Wedding Ceremony
Malibu, CA
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Canon in D
Johann Pachelbel
Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (Here Comes the Bride)
Richard Wagner
A Thousand Years
Christina Perri
Ave Maria
Franz Schubert
Ave Maria
J.S. Bach/Charles Gounod
Trumpet Voluntary
Jeremiah Clarke, attr. Henry Purcell
Trumpet Tune
Jeremiah Clarke, attr. Henry Purcell
Le Cygne (The Swan)
Camille Saint-Saens
On Wings of Song
Felix Mendelssohn
Over the Rainbow
Arlen & Harburg
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Celtic Harp
Classical Harp
Classical Cello
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Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Lily Press, Harp and Simon Linn-Gerstein, Cello will also travel to San Marino, Alhambra, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, Los Angeles, Rosemead, Arcadia, El Monte, Monterey Park, Temple City, Altadena, Sierra Madre, Glendale, Montebello, South El Monte, La Canada, Monrovia, Montrose, Mount Wilson, Pico Rivera, Baldwin Park, Bell Gardens, City Of Industry, Duarte, Maywood, Pomona, Verdugo City, Whittier, Bell, Downey.
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