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Music & Morsels: French & Latin American Connections

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 @ 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Bring dessert/coffee or cocktail/nosh and take a front-row seat for a beautiful & interesting, live musical recital with insights and Q&A.

Music & Morsels

Bring a cup of coffee/tea & pastry or create a wine/cheese happy hour and take a front row seat at your computer for a live, classical concert, followed by Q&A with the artist.

French & Latin American Connections: Music for Harp & Cello

Wednesday, September 6

1-2pm (PT), 2-3pm (MT), 3-4pm (CT), 4-5pm (ET)

on Zoom

After their stunning Alliance concert debut, join us to welcome back special guest artists harpist Lily Press and cellist Simon Linn-Gerstein for another Music & Morsels performance, which will include a gorgeous program of pieces including:

  • Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion
  • Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie Op. 124
  • Heitor Villa Lobos: Bachiana No. 5 1. Aria
  • Liza Wallace: Sonata for Harp & Cello
  • 1. Al Otro Lado
  • 2. Lullabies
  • 3. La Noche Entra

Save! Get “Early Bird” pricing before Sept 4th.

About Lily Press & Simon Linn-Gerstein

Lily Press, harp

Los Angeles-based harpist Lily Press performs professionally in orchestras, chamber ensembles, solo recital venues, and for special events.

Lily Press has performed in a variety of venues, including Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Palais Corbelli in Vienna, the Providence Performing Arts Center, Sanders Theatre at Harvard and Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum.

As an orchestral performer and recording artist, Press has played with the Santa Monica Symphony, Paul Madore Chorale, The Legend of Zelda – Symphony of Goddesses, The Midnight Hour, and Danbury Symphony. Additionally, Press has recorded soundtracks for video games and TV shows including Final Fantasy XV and Little Witch Academia.

Press was also a co-founder of the SillyBird Contemporary Chamber Music Festival, which was created in 2012 with the goal of performing contemporary chamber music in relaxed and non-traditional settings. Lily has collaborated with a number of composers including consulting with Curt Cacioppo on his piece The Red Dove of Libya, premiering Paul Brust’s The Remembered Present with the Longy Conservatory Orchestra, performing the Viennese premiere of Max Wanderman’s Deutche Grammatik, and the premiere of Jared Hettrick’s Tales of Taliessen with the Latitude New Music Ensemble.

Lily received a B.A. in music from Haverford College where she graduated magna cum laude, presenting a lecture recital based on her thesis research of harp iconography and its influence on the instrument’s repertory and role in the world of classical music, and a Master of Music in Harp Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she studied with Franziska Huhn.

Simon Linn-Gerstein, cello

Simon Linn-Gerstein has performed solo recitals for PBS Philadelphia, Rutgers-Camden Noontime Recital Series, as a guest performer for the Network for New Music at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and as a soloist with the Salem Philharmonic and the Symphony by the Sea chamber series. Simon is a co-founder of Strange Interlude with harpist Lily Press, an ensemble focused on intimate salon-style concerts with programs that are carefully curated to include seldom-performed works, pieces by contemporary composers (including newly-commissioned works) and transcriptions and arrangements for their unique instrumentation. He has performed with Strange Interlude at venues and concert series including ArtShare LA, Spectrum NYC, Northeastern University, Endicott College, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Advent Library Chamber Series, the Nave Music Series, and the Candlelight Concert Series.

Simon has collaborated with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Richard Wernick, and has recorded music for video games and TV shows, including Final Fantasy XV, Made in Abyss, and games from the Resident Evil and Monster Hunter series. He has performed as part of the Santa Monica Symphony, Hillyer Festival Orchestra, Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Symphony by the Sea, and MIT Concert Choir Orchestra. He received a 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 magna cum laude with a B.A. in music.

Tickets & Notes:

“Early Bird” Ticket: $12.50; available until 48-hours prior to the performance.

“Regular” Tickets: $15; available until the performance begins.

All tickets are 1) are per device, not per person on Zoom, and 2) are non-refundable & non-exchangeable.

Program subject to change; refunds are not available if a program takes place.

The Fine Print:

Fortunately, we’ve had very few issues, but just to be clear…

Your Zoom “Event Link”: The Zoom event link will be emailed to you two days before the event. To help it land in your “inbox,” before registering, please add the following emails to your contacts:

  • OMJCC Zoom — Zoom3@marinjcc.org
  • JCC Alliance — alliance@marinjcc.org

Registrants are requested to make sure the email w/link has arrived by the evening of Sept 4th. If the email does not arrive, please see “Troubleshooting” below.

The email w/link will be re-sent to all registrants 1-2 hours prior to the event. NB: However, if it landed somewhere other than in your inbox the first time, it will probably do the same later.

Have a Comcast email? Please refer to this guide: https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/spam-filters-and-email-blocking-new-experience.

Troubleshooting: We will do our best to remedy any issues. Registrants who have NOT received the email w/link are asked to check their email “junk” and “spam” folders. If found, please move the email to your inbox. If the email/link is still not there, please contact James (see below) immediately.

Late Troubleshooting: We will try our best – but cannot guarantee – help with Zoom links to guests contacting Sean less than 15-minutes prior to the event.

Live Only: In agreement with our guides, artists, instructors, special guests, etc., events are not recorded. Make-up sessions are unavailable. Credit/refund is not given for missed events.

Liability: While we will do our best to remedy any issues, The Osher Marin JCC & its Program Partners cannot be held responsible for 1) issues related to Eventbrite or Zoom, 2) ticket buyers not following the instructions above, nor 3) packing, shipping, or deliver services of food/beverages not received in time for tasting events.

Don’t ya just hate “the fine print?!!”

Questions? Email Sean at sfitzgerald@marinjcc.org.

Music & Morsels is created by the Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael, CA) and offered by the National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance. See below for a full list of Alliance Partners.

ALL ARE WELCOME to join in our activities! JCC members, non-members, those who live near or far, people of all backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities, hair styles, fashion choices, chocolate preferences, etc. “The more the merrier!”


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