2024 Summer Series Public Events have been scheduled!
Event Information

July 22nd, 2023  8:30pm

Performer: Highland Way

Astronomy Speaker:  Dr. Tucker Jones

Highland Way

Celtic music with a Scottish flair!

The Highland Way Duo returns once again to the Music of the Spheres, bringing with them the best of Scotland – and a bit of Ireland as well. Scotsman Brian Caldwell, from Glasgow by way of Escondido, California takes the lead with vocals and rhythm guitar, while Paul Graham Castellanos, the master of all- things-strings, shines with rapid-fire fiddling on the jigs and reels. Together, they offer a high-spirited evening of their favorite melodies – dance tunes, traditional melodies, Dougie McLean songs, and more – mixed with a healthy dose of friendly banter.

When not appearing as a Duo, Highland Way tours as a larger ensemble, adding accordion, keyboards, bass, and percussion, entertaining audience from North America to Ireland and Brian’s native Scotland.


“Just spectacular musicians, a joy to work with from the minute they walked in the door.”

Columbia Theatre, Longview, WA

Lecture Information

Dr. Tucker Jones (UC-Davis)

Rediscovering the Distant Universe with the James Webb Space Telescope

Dr. Tucker Jones

Dr. Tucker Jones is an astronomer at the University of California at Davis. After earning his PhD in astrophysics at Caltech, he held fellowships at UC Santa Barbara and the University of Hawaii before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2016. He and his research group study how galaxies form and evolve throughout the history of the universe, from the most distant objects seen billions of years ago, to present-day systems such as our home galaxy the Milky Way. They make use of the most powerful telescopes both on Earth and in space including several current programs on the James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, and Keck Observatory. A particular recent focus is the production of heavy elements by stars in the early stages of galaxy formation.

When not on campus or at the telescopes, Tucker enjoys spending time with his family and going on adventures in the mountains.


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.