2024 Summer Series Public Events have been scheduled! Tickets go on sale on Wednesday April 17th at Noon!
Event Information

June 24th, 2023  8:30pm

Performer: White Album Ensemble Chamber Orchestra

Astronomy Speaker:  Dr. Agnès Ferté

White Album Ensemble Chamber Orchestra

The original White Album Ensemble was a 5-10 piece ensemble that covered Beatles music, but Beatles music that was never performed live. The Beatles stopped touring in 1966, and began a recording career that yielded the “classics of our time” from “Rubber Soul,” to “Sgt. Peppers,” to “Abbey Road.”  For 2023, a few members of the original White Album Ensemble have created the White Album Ensemble Chamber Orchestra to perform instrumental versions of Beatles and other bands of the time period’s music, wonderfully suited to Lick Observatory’s unique venue.

White Album Ensemble

“A must-see show for Beatles fans…”

— Santa Cruz Sentinel

“…musically, they were tighter than a hangman’s noose… an excellent performance…”

— Metro Santa Cruz


Visit White Album Ensemble for more information about the original group.

Lecture Information

Dr. Agnès Ferté (KIPAC, SLAC)

On the verge of a big leap in cosmology

Dr. Agnès Ferté

Research in cosmology today is thrilling! While we understand our Universe quite well, there are many mysteries that are left to be solved: was Einstein wrong? What is dark matter? How fast is the Universe expanding? Thanks to the new generation of telescopes, we will get closer as ever to solving these open questions and maybe revolutionizing physics. I will explain the state of cosmology today and the promises of future telescopes to solve the mysteries of our Universe.

From a small village in France, Dr. Agnès Ferté is a cosmologist, searching for new physics with the latest cosmological data. She obtained her PhD in Physics at the Université Paris-Saclay before working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh in the UK. There, she started working on challenging Einstein’s theory of gravity with galaxy survey data, joining the international Dark Energy Survey collaboration. After a quick stop at the University College London, she came to California to work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena to continue her research. Last year, she joined KIPAC at SLAC to work on the Rubin Observatory, an experiment that will change our view of astronomy. California is an inspiring place to be doing astronomy as it is home of historical observatories, like the Lick Observatory, and lead some of the new ones!

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite starting May 8th, 2023 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 27th, 2023, join our Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) program by March 1st, 2023. 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

7:30 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.

Detailed Event Program

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