String Students Play with Lucius and Others at Newport Folk Festival

Bryan Parys
July 31, 2018

Berklee Instant Strings performed at Newport Folk Festival 2018 with This Is the Kit, Lucius, and Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam. 

Lucius performs with string players from Berklee and yMusic, a New York City musician collective.
Image by Rob Hayes

"It was a wonderful experience working with the Berklee Instant Strings. They really brought an extra layer of magic."
—Holly Laessig B.M. '07, Lucius

Image courtesy of Boston Concert Photography

"It was a real pleasure to play with the brilliant Berklee Instant Strings at Newport. Such skill and generosity of spirit. Wonderful players, wonderful people."
—Kate Stables, This Is the Kit
This Is the Kit performs at Newport Folk Festival 2018

“Getting to perform on the Newport Folk Festival stages is thrilling and memorable in its own right, but the most profound experiences for me were working with the artists in rehearsals. Having a window into their rehearsal strategies (particularly right before a show) was wonderfully valuable.”
—Parker Ousley, Berklee Instant Strings

“The Newport Folk Festival was full of inspirational experiences for me musically and professionally. Performing and listening to Lucius was incredible. Their blended voices created beautiful harmonies that left the audience in awe. It was definitely my highlight of the festival.”
—Louisa Byron, Berklee Instant Strings

String students performaing with Rostam Batmangli

"I’ve always dreamed of performing at a music festival since attending my very first one, and this weekend that became a reality."

Felix Herbst, Berklee Instant Strings

“Even as little as a year ago, I would be amazed if I had found out I would be playing in Berklee Instant Strings on the same stage as these high-caliber groups at the Newport Folk Festival. It was such a thrilling, awe-inspiring, dream-come-true experience—I spent the weekend with really great people and I am very grateful that Greg Liszt offered this amazing opportunity to us.”
—Cecilia Vacanti, Berklee Instant Strings

"I’ve always dreamed of performing at a music festival since attending my very first one, and this weekend that became a reality. I’m still riding the high of rehearsing and performing with artists I’ve idolized for a long time. Newport Folk and Berklee Instant Strings have given me a taste of what I’m working towards, and I’m more inspired than ever."
—Felix Herbst, Berklee Instant Strings

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