June 25th, 2022 8:30pm
Performer: Oscar Reynolds and Karumanta
Astronomy Speaker: Dr. Matthew Shetrone
Oscar Reynolds and Karumanta
Bolivian-born master Andean flutist and guitarist Oscar Reynolds leads Karumanta, whose self-composed repertoire and top-notch performance are an eclectic exploration of Quechua, Aymara, and African music of Bolivia laced with flamenco, Brazilian bossanova, funk, and jazz. Perhaps best known for playing the Andean panpipes and guitar simultaneously, Oscar has received lifetime honors from the Bolivian government, California Senate and legislature, and the Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County for his musical achievements and advocacy of Bolivian music throughout the world. Joining Oscar is Peruvian bassist David Pinto, and Bolivian-American percussionist Huascar Reynolds, whose polyphonic rhythms on the cajon (box drum) complete the sound. Website www.oscarreynolds.com
Dr. Matthew Shetrone (UC Observatories)
Galactic Archaeology: Uncovering the construction of the Milky Way
As a young child, Matthew Shetrone loved to explore. He says he’d go hiking with his Boy Scout troop, marveling at archaeological finds. Later, he embarked on travels to Australia and Europe. Today, Matthew has expanded his horizons to exploring extrasolar planets, massive galaxies, the early universe, and other phenomena. Like explorers and archeologists he enjoys forging into the darkest and least known areas of our world with the most cutting-edge tools available.
“See the broader world outside of science.”
Matthew says there he was most impacted by his teacher Gale Cope. Matthew says Ms. Cope pushed him “to see the broader world outside of science: theater, art, athletics, nature, and culture. She wanted all of her students to be well-rounded people and active community leaders.” Her influence on Matthew shines today as he loves to experience foreign cultures by traveling, and running on new trails or neighborhoods.
Matthew completed his undergraduate degree in astronomy at The University of Texas at Austin. He then attended The University of California at Santa Cruz where he completed his Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics. From his experience with optical telescopes at McDonald Observatory as an undergraduate and at the Keck and Lick Observatories as a graduate student, Matthew was hooked on optical astronomy. Ph.D. in hand, he went south of the equator to the European Southern Observatory in La Silla, Chile.
“It was going to be a success.”
By far, Matt says his most gratifying moment in his astronomical career occurred when was as a graduate student. He worked for a couple of years to simulate the production of a particular element in the nucleosynthesis that occurs within stars. The existence of this element in stars had been proposed but never observed. Finally, after a year of hard work, Matt was granted time on the Shane three-meter telescope at Lick Observatory. On the first night, he had good weather and observed a spectrum of a star. Eureka! The spectrum showed that, as he predicted, this element was present in the star. “I knew at that moment that even though I would have three more long years of work to finish my thesis that it was going to be a success.”
“Who could have a better job than me?”
Matthew has returned to the University of California system as the Deputy Director for UC Observatories. Regarding his job, he says, “Only a daily basis I get to work with some of the most talented astronomers in the world and the largest and most well equipped telescopes in the world. Who could have a better job than mine?”
Tickets can be purchased at ucsctickets.com starting April 13th, 2022 at Noon.
Join Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) and Get Tickets Early
If you’d like to purchase tickets as early as noon on April 6th, 2022, join our Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) program by March 1st, 2022. As a thank you for supporting the observatory, you’ll get special access to purchase tickets before they go on sale for the general public.
More information about tickets and pricing is available at Music of the Spheres.
|7:30 pm||Doors Open||Brief Telescope Visits|
|8:30 pm||Concert, Main Hall|
|9:30 pm||Science Talk, Lecture Hall||Telescope Viewings|
|10:30 pm||Science Talk (repeated), Lecture Hall||Telescope Viewings|
|1:00 am||Doors Close|
Gift shop is open from 7:30pm-8:30pm, and reopens after the concert until 11:30pm.
More general information about the event is available at Music of the Spheres.