Strange Interlude

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“Pardon me while I have a strange interlude…”
-Groucho Marx, Animal Crackers

Strange Interlude is a flexible-instrumentation chamber ensemble committed to sharing repertory we are passionate about anywhere and everywhere from living rooms to farmer’s markets to concert halls. Strange Interlude works to craft concert experiences that are one-of-a-kind for performer and listener alike. We share stories with our audiences, encourage them to sit among the instruments, book concerts in nontraditional venues, and strive to create a relaxed and inclusive performance experience.

Currently based in the Los Angeles area, Strange Interlude was founded by harpist Lily Press and cellist Simon Linn-Gerstein who have been performing as a harp and cello duo since 2007. As both a duo and larger ensemble Press and Linn-Gerstein design intimate salon-style concerts with programs that are carefully curated to include seldom-performed works, pieces by contemporary composers and transcriptions and arrangements for their unique instrumentation.

Strange Interlude has performed as part of the Advent Library Chamber Series, the Nave Music Series, the Salem Arts Festival, the Candlelight Concert Series and at Spectrum NYC and has also created music for performances by Monkeyhouse, a Boston-based dance company, and for the Dance Department at Endicott College.  

“…in the fingers of harpist Lily Press and cellist Simon Linn-Gerstein,
the notes fit together as cozily as a dance by Astaire and Rogers.”
-Constance Gorfinkel, Hingham Journal

Learn more about Strange Interlude’s Upcoming Performances

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Wonder where we got our name? Check out this Marx Brother’s clip:

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