2024 Summer Series Public Events have been scheduled!
Event Information

August 26th, 2023  8:00pm

Performer: Melody of China

Astronomy Speaker:  Dr. Claire Poppett

Melody of China

Melody of China brings the music of nature to the Music of the Spheres.


Melody of China
Sounds of nature abound in the lively folk, regional, and classic melodies that Melody of China musicians perform on traditional instruments.

Returning to the Music of the Spheres are director Yangqin Zhao, playing the yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) – the instrument she was named for – and her sister, Gangqin Zhao, playing the guzheng (plucked zither) and percussion. Joining the ensemble is noted musician Thomas Lee, master of the 2-string bowed instruments, the Chinese erhu and gaohu.

With stellar musicianship and camaraderie, Melody of China adds a delightful musical interlude to the Lick Observatory night of galaxy gazing.

Based in San Francisco, Melody of China is California’s award-winning premiere Chinese music company, featuring small to large ensembles of conservatory-trained musicians, who perform for theaters, festivals, and special event audiences. MelodyofChina.org

Lecture Information

Dr. Claire Poppett (UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory)

Dark Energy – How to observe the invisible

Dr. Claire Poppett

Dr. Claire Poppett is a researcher in astrophysics at the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory who specializes in Astronomical Instrumentation. She is particularly motivated to research and develop new technical solutions that are necessary to build the next generation of astronomical instruments in order to answer the big questions about our universe. Claire studied at Durham University in the UK before moving to Berkeley, CA. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, climbing, and any other activity that involves being outside, especially when it includes being with her two young children.

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

7:00 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 11:00pm.

Detailed Event Program

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