2024 Summer Series Public Events have been scheduled!
Event Information

August 6th, 2022  8:00pm

Performer: Fire and Grace

Astronomy Speaker:  Dr. Sarah Loebman

Fire and Grace

…exuded life, emotion, warmth and depth.

Otago Daily Times, New Zealand

Fire & Grace is an eclectic collaboration between guitarist William Coulter and violinist Edwin Huizinga. This unique duo explores the connective musical elements of classical, folk, and contemporary traditions from around the world. Fire & Grace’s repertoire is vast, ranging from Bach to Vivaldi, tango to Celtic tunes, traditional Bulgarian to American fiddle tunes and waltzes, all played with a sense of discovery and commitment to the elements of passion and virtuosity — fire and grace — found in these diverse traditions. Recent and upcoming performances have included engagements at the Carmel Bach Festival, the Mozaic Festival, the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, the Electric Earth Concerts, the Monterey Museum of Art, and with Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas. In March and April 2017, Fire & Grace toured to New Zealand with appearances at the UPSURGE Festival, the Festival of Colour, and the New Zealand School of Music. The group’s self-titled debut album combines melodies from Argentina, Bulgaria, and Western Europe with dance elements from baroque and folk musical traditions.

Edwin Huizinga

Performing both baroque and modern repertoire, Canadian violinist Edwin Huizinga has appeared alongside Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw, Mike Marshall, and Stevie Wonder, and has been featured as a soloist with the San Bernardino Symphony, the Sweetwater Music Festival, the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, and the Banff Summer Arts Festival. Edwin is a founding member of the baroque ensemble ACRONYM which has released six full-length albums of previously unknown and unrecorded baroque music. Edwin also performs all over the world with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. As a modern violinist, Edwin has performed in the US and Germany with The Knights NYC, and occasionally works with A Far Cry. Edwin is also a member of the Juno-nominated indie rock band The Wooden Sky, and has recently been commissioned to write a piece for Canada’s 150th anniversary. He is a founding member of the Classical Revolution–an organization dedicated to shaping the future of concerts and jam sessions in alternative locations around the world–and serves as Artistic Director of the Big Sur Music Camp.

William Coulter

Guitarist William Coulter has been performing and recording traditional guitar music for over twenty years. His most recent solo recording, The Road Home (Gourd Music) was met with critical acclaim, and in 2005, he received a Grammy Award for his contribution to The Pink Guitar, a collection of solo guitar arrangements of Henry Mancini’s music. Musical collaborations have been a mainstay of William’s career and have included many tours and recordings including Song for Our Ancestors, with classical guitar virtuoso Benjamin Verdery, Time to Sail and One Sweet Kiss and Westward with Kerry-born Irish singer Eilis Kennedy, Simple Gifts – Music of the Shakers with cellist Barry Phillips, and Celtic Requiem with Irish vocalist Mary McLaughlin. His book of transcriptions, Celtic Crossing, published by Mel Bay, includes all of the music from his recording of the same name. William maintains a classical guitar studio at the University of California at Santa Cruz at teaches at many summer music camps.

For more details go to the Fire & Grace web site.

Lecture Information

Dr. Sarah Loebman (UC Merced)

Understanding Our Home: Simulating the Evolving Milky Way

We live inside a truly exciting astrophysical laboratory – the Milky Way galaxy – which provides a unique detailed perspective into the dynamics of stars and the physics of galaxy formation. Characterizing both the stellar and the dark matter content of the Milky Way and uncovering the Milky Way’s formation history are key science goals of major ongoing and upcoming surveys such as SDSS IV & V, Gaia, and LSST. However, observations of the Milky Way span a complex multi-dimensional space which necessitates sophisticated modeling to interpret. In this talk, I will highlight recent achievements that utilize state-of-the-art simulations to provide insight into the Milky Way’s content, formation, and evolution. In particular, I will discuss how a galaxy merger in the Milky Way’s distant past has impacted the movement of stars in our stellar halo today and influenced the formation of the Milky Way’s disk system. I will also discuss the building blocks of the Milky Way’s disk, star clusters, and highlight effort from my group to trace them over time and space. I will conclude by discussing exciting new frontiers that Milky Way simulations are poised to tackle in the era of JWST.

Dr. Sarah Loebman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at UC Merced. She is a member of the American Astronomical Society, International Astronomical Union, International Astrostatistics Association, and the Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science.

Her primary research interests are in galaxy evolution, clustered star formation, and chemo-dynamics in the Local Universe. She uses high resolution galaxy simulations, survey data, and Big Data tools and techniques to conduct research. She is also a devoted teacher and student advocate, and is strongly committed to supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts in astrophysics.

Ticket Information

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.

Program Information

7:00 pm Doors Open Brief Telescope Visits
8:00 pm Concert, Main Hall
9:00 pm Science Talk, Lecture Hall Telescope Viewings
10:00 pm Science Talk (repeated), Lecture Hall Telescope Viewings
12:30 am Doors Close

Gift shop is open from 7:00pm-8:00pm, and reopens after the concert until 11:30pm.

Detailed Event Program

More general information about the event is available at Music of the Spheres.