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Lily Press, Harp and Simon Linn-Gerstein, CelloHarpist from Pasadena, CA

Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 54 Reviews
  • 133 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2014
  • 12 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $450 per event

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Weddings & Events - 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!) - 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 - 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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Review by Wyatt P.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on January 28, 2023From Palm Springs, CA

The most elegant touch to our wedding! Truly amazing musician and she’s the sweetest ever. Truly made my day so special and I will remember it forever.

Review by Dhasti W.

Rehearsal DinnerReviewed on September 7, 2022From Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Delightful, quality entertainment! Hired them for two separate parties and I will definitely consider them again for future events!

Review by Kristofas B.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on February 22, 2022From Santa Barbara, CA

Truly masters of their craft and professionalism in business is of incredibly high standard. My recommendation is of the smallest proportion in relation to their delivery of artistic prowess and old world culture. Can not thank them enough and it meant the most to my Wife and I that they were successful in their delivery of such magic. Brought life color in sound that calmed and ignited our emotions on our wedding day. Incredible! Thank you!

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  • 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
  • Over the Rainbow | arr. Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole
  • Allegretto from Spring (The Four Seasons) | Antonio Vivaldi
  • Largo from Winter (Four Seasons) | Antonio Vivaldi
  • Can't Help Falling in Love | Weiss (as sung by Elvis)
  • Simple Gifts | Trad. Shaker
  • All of Me | Simons and Marks
  • Hallelujah | Leonard Cohen
  • Downtown Train | Tom Waits
  • Songbird | Fleetwood Mac
  • Andiam Mio Tesoro | Traditional Italian, 14th century
  • Wedding March from Midsummer Night's Dream | Felix Mendelssohn
  • Ode to Joy | Ludwig van Beethoven
  • A Sky Full of Stars | Coldplay
  • Viva la Vida | Coldplay
  • Clocks | Coldplay
  • Paradise | Coldplay
  • Piano Man | Billy Joel
  • River of Dreams | Billy Joel
  • Just Breathe | Pearl Jam
  • I Will | The Beatles
  • All You Need is Love | The Beatles
  • When I'm 64 | The Beatles
  • Here, There and Everywhere | The Beatles
  • Let It Be | The Beatles
  • In My Life | The Beatles
  • Here Comes the Sun | The Beatles
  • Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) | The Beatles
  • And I Love Her | The Beatles
  • The Wedding Song (There is Love) | Paul Stookey
  • O Mio Babbino Caro (O My Beloved Father) | Giacomo Puccini
  • As Time Goes By from Casablanca | Herman Hupfeld
  • La Vie en rose | Louiguy & Edith Piaf
  • Fields of Gold | Sting
  • Hello Young Lovers | Rodgers & Hammerstein
  • Some Enchanted Evening | Rodgers & Hammerstein
  • Edelweiss | Rodgers & Hammerstein
  • You'll Never Walk Alone | Rodgers & Hammerstein
  • Oh What a Beautiful Morning | Rodgers & Hammerstein
  • If I Loved You | Rodgers & Hammerstein
  • My Favorite Things | Rodgers and Hammerstein
  • The Sound of Music | Rodgers & Hammerstein
  • Arioso, Cantata 156 (Harpsichord Concerto No. 5) | J.S. Bach
  • Con te partiro | Francesco Sartori & Lucio Quarantotto
  • Cello Suite in G Major, Prelude | J.S. Bach
  • Aria from Bachiana Brasileiras No. 5 | Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • O Canto do Cisne Negro | Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • Make You Feel My Love | Bob Dylan
  • Blowin in the Wind | Bob Dylan
  • Mr. Tambourine Man | Bob Dylan
  • What a Wonderful World | George David Weiss & Bob Thiele
  • Our House | Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Élégie | Jules Massenet
  • Air on a G String | J.S. Bach
  • Promenade a l'automne | Marcel Tournier
  • Fly Me to the Moon | Bart Howard
  • Thinking Out Loud | Ed Sheeran
  • Crazy Love | Van Morrison
  • I Will Follow You Into the Dark | Death Cab for Cutie
  • Romance sans Paroles | Gabriel Faure
  • Perhaps Love | John Denver
  • Today | John Denver
  • Tambourin | Louis Claude Daquin
  • A Whole New World from Aladdin | Alan Menken
  • Beauty and the Beast | Alan Menken
  • Wonderwall | Oasis
  • Begin Again | Taylor Swift
  • Beau Soir | Claude Debussy
  • Such Great Heights | Postal Service
  • Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring | J.S. Bach
  • The Way I Am | Ingrid Michaelson
  • I Walk the Line | Johnny Cash
  • House of the Rising Sun | Alan Price
  • Bless the Broken Road | Rascal Flatts
  • Shule Aroon | Trad. Irish
  • Down by the Salley Gardens | Trad. Irish
  • Danny Boy | Trad. Irish
  • The Castle of Dromore | Trad. Irish
  • The Foggy Dew | Father P. O'Neill
  • Morning Has Broken | trad. Gaelic
  • Inisheer | Trad. Irish
  • The Gentle Maiden | Trad. Irish
  • Scarborough Fair | Trad. English
  • Stairway to Heaven | Led Zeppelin
  • Only Time | Enya
  • Storybook Love (from The Princess Bride) | Mark Knopfler
  • As Tears Go By | Rolling Stones
  • Home | Greg Holden
  • Heidenröslein | Franz Schubert
  • Minuet | Jean Jacques Rousseau
  • Serenade | Leoncavallo
  • Come é grande o meu amor por vocë | Roberto Carlos
  • Nha Vida | Lura
  • (Everything I Do) I Do it for You | Bryan Adams
  • Heaven | Bryan Adams
  • All of Me | John Legend
  • Oblivion | Astor Piazzolla
  • Una Furtiva Lagrima from L'elisir d'amore | Gaetano Donizetti
  • Sodade | Armando Zeferino Soares
  • Island Song | Ashley Ericksson
  • Third Gymnopédie | Erik Satie
  • The Luckiest | Ben Folds
  • Unchained Melody | Alex North
  • All I Ask of You | Andrew Lloyd Weber
  • Memory | Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • The Prayer | Carole Bayer Sager & David Foster
  • Theme from Game of Thrones | Ramin Djawadi
  • Hello | Adele
  • Skyfall | Adele
  • My Own True Love (Tara Theme from Gone With the Wind) | Max Steiner
  • Nocturne | Vincenzo Bellini
  • Secrets | One Republic
  • Dance of the Blessed Spirits | Christoph Willibald von Gluck
  • With or Without You | U2
  • Try to Remember (from The Fantasticks) | Harvey Schmidt
  • Wouldn't It Be Nice | The Beach Boys
  • Traümerei | Robert Schumann
  • I Will Always Love You (as sung by Whitney Houston) | Dolly Parton
  • Every Little Thing She Does is Magic | Sting
  • Time After Time | Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman
  • Tennessee Waltz | Redd Stewart & Pee Wee King
  • Let It Go from Frozen | Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • Dodi Li | N. Chen
  • Marry Me | Train
  • Amazing Grace | Trad. American
  • Spanish Dance from Carmen | Georges Bizet
  • Ombra mai fu (Largo) from Serse | G. F. Handel
  • Be Still My Soul (Finlandia Hymn) | Jan Sibelius
  • Jupiter from The Planets | Gustav Holst
  • The Rose | Amanda McBroom
  • A Time for Us (Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet) | Nino Rota
  • Love Me Tender | Elvis Presley & Vera Matson
  • Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's | Henry Mancini
  • Fools Rush In | Rube Bloom
  • Someone to Watch Over Me | George & Ira Gershwin
  • Love Is Here to Stay | George & Ira Gershwin
  • Embraceable You | George & Ira Gershwin
  • The Book of Love | Peter Gabriel
  • My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from Titanic) | James Horner
  • Rolling in the Deep | Adele
  • A Lover's Concerto | Sandy Linzer & Denny Randell
  • A Groovy Kind of Love | Toni Wine & Carole Bayer Sager
  • From This Moment On | Shania Twain & R.J. Lange
  • And many more! | We're happy to custom-create arrangements upon request


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