“Pardon me while I have a strange interlude…”
-Groucho Marx, Animal Crackers
Strange Interlude is a flexible-instrumentation chamber ensemble committed sharing repertory we are passionate about anywhere and everywhere from living rooms to farmer’s markets to concert halls. Chamber music is an incredible gift – to be able to make music in tandem with fellow musicians is something that we love so much that we wanted to work to find ways to bring audiences inside the pieces we’re playing and the experience of making music as an ensemble. To this end, Strange Interlude works to craft concert experiences that are somewhat different from the traditional concert experience. 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.
Based in the Boston 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
You can listen to and purchase music by Strange Interlude here:
Wonder where we got our name? Check out this Marx Brother’s clip: