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

Samba Cruz

July 13th, 2024  8:30pm

Performer: Samba Cruz

Astronomy Speaker:  Dr. Christian Aganze

Samba Cruz

Samba Cruz is an international band based in Santa Cruz, CA. They play Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) and original compositions influenced by jazz and South American folk music. Repertoire includes bossa nova, samba, baião, choro and other jazz-inflected Brazilian musical forms in the spirit of Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, and Dorival Caymmi. Included are jazz standards with a unique twist.

Band members are Pablo Rivière on guitar and vocals, Vivian Simon on flutes, Patrice Wallace on upright bass, and Joe Mailloux on drum set.

The album by Rivière &  Simon, Boa Vida, available on all digital platforms, features original compositions with special guests.

They have performed at many venues including Mountain View Concerts on the Plaza, Capitola Art & Music Festival, First Night Monterey, San Jose Jazz Festival Special Events, San Jose Convention Center, and the Cabrillo Music Festival. They have also performed for the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Santa Cruz Museum of Art And History, Santa Cruz Symphony Street Party/Pops Concert, Union Square in Bloom Summer Music Series (SF), and more.

More information at www.sambacruz.com.

Lecture Information

Dr. Christian Aganze (Stanford University)

“Galactic Archeology: Using Stars to Map the Structure and Evolution of the Milky Way”

Dr. Christian Aganze
Dr. Christian Aganze earned his doctorate in physics from UC San Diego in June 2023. Aganze is a galactic archaeologist. In his Ph.D. research, he identified distant brown dwarfs in images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope to map their distribution in the Galaxy. Brown dwarfs are mysterious objects sometimes called “failed stars” because they lack high enough temperatures to sustain hydrogen fusion due to their low masses. Christian’s work also uses stellar streams (groups of co-moving stars) to map the dark matter structure of the Milky Way and other nearby galaxies. Dark matter is a theorized substance that gravitationally interacts with regular matter. At Stanford, he is a member of the DESI survey (based at Kitt Peak in Arizona), where he continues to use stellar streams, low-mass stars, and brown dwarfs to test our current understanding of the structure and evolution of the Milky Way. He is also excited about using the next generation of ground-based and space-based facilities, such as the James Webb Space Telescope, the Euclid mission, the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, and the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, to explore similar science questions.

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite starting April 17, 2024 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 10th, 2024, join our Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) program by March 1st, 2024. 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.