2020 Summer Series Canceled
After much consideration, and the complex issues of health and safety for the public, staff, and volunteers of our Lick Observatory community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all of this year's Summer Series events. While we are certainly disappointed and recognize that you will be too, we are excited to shift our focus to new virtual programming. Going forward we will be sharing our science goals and discoveries with you in creative ways over the summer. Sign up to receive email communication about our virtual events programming by emailing social@ucolick.org.

July 25, 2020

8:30 p.m.

Performer: Black Cedar Trio

Astronomy Speaker: TBD

Concert Information

Black Cedar Trio

Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV 1038 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Nachtstücke (1990) by Klaus Hinrich Stahmer

Miscellaneous Music (2015) by Durwynne Hsieh
commissioned by The Black Cedar Trio

Out Here, It Is All Inside (2019) by Jason Gibbs
commissioned by The Black Cedar Trio

Tangos and Love Songs by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

The Black Cedar Trio has garnered praise from San Francisco Classical Voice, Performing Arts Monterey Bay, the San Francisco Examiner, and Classical Guitar Magazine for their wide breadth of styles and inventive delivery. They bring old music new life with their uncommon combination of wood flute, cello, and guitar. And, they create new music that delights the masses through collaborations between Black Cedar and up and coming composers from around the globe. With grant awards from InterMusic SF and the Zellerbach Family Foundation, plus a critically acclaimed album of commissions, these three musicians enter 2020 with music by Bach and Piazzolla, along with newer works by local composers and Klaus Hinrich Stahmer, a hidden gem from Germany. Their 5th Annual Local Composers in Public Libraries will travel to libraries in the South Bay, San Francisco, and Berkeley. And, their 7th Annual Chamber Music Outreach at the Arc of the East Bay continues to bring classical music to persons with developmental disabilities. www.blackcedartrio.com

A winner of the Carmel Chamber Music Society Competition, a second prize winner in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, and a Carnegie Hall Recital Debut winner with Artists International, Kris Palmer is a former member of the New Mexico Symphony, and she holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rice University. As a nationwide guest lecturer on 18th Century Performance Practices, the New York Concert Review calls her "clearly among the few current performers on any instrument to fully understand the nature of French Baroque music." www.krispalmer.com

Steven Lin is a winner of both the Boston GuitarFest Competition and the East Carolina University Guitar Competition. A recording artist for VGo Recordings, Steve has released two albums, Eliot Fisk Series Vol. 1, and Imagen. Classical Guitar magazine calls Lin "a confident player with a powerful sound, quick hands, and a solid musical memory." Steve holds a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music and is the Professor of Guitar at San Jose State University. www.linguitar.com

Isaac Pastor-Chermak is Principal Cellist of Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and Lake Tahoe Music Festival; Associate Principal Cellist of Stockton Symphony; Assistant Principal Cellist of Opera San Jose and Eisenstadt Classical Music Festival; and a member of Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Black Cedar Trio, and Ensemble 1828. Isaac earned a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from U.C. Berkeley, and a Master of Music, with honors, from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. www.isaacpastorchermak.com

Lecture Information


Lecture Title Here

Speaker Info Here

Ticket Information

Update 2020 Apr 14: Due to the COVID-19 situation, the 2020 Summer Series has been cancelled. Tickets will not go on sale.

Tickets can be purchased at ucsctickets.com starting May 13th, 2020 at Noon.

Join Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) and Get Tickets Early
If you'd like to purchase tickets as early as noon on May 6th, 2020, join our Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) program by March 1st, 2020. 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.

Ticket Packages

General Admission: $50

Ticket includes concert seating, astronomy lecture, view through the Great Refractor telescope, view through the Nickel Telescope and souvenir wine glass or mug.

Preferred Guest: $90

Ticket includes preferred concert seating, astronomy lecture, preferred viewing through the Great Refractor telescope, preferred viewing through the Nickel Telescope, souvenir wine glass or mug, 20% discount at the gift shop.

VIP: $199

Ticket includes private group tour of the Shane Telescope starting 2.5 hours before the concert, catered buffet dinner in our historic Dining Hall, front center concert seating, astronomy lecture, priority viewing through the 36-inch Great Refractor, priority viewing through the 40-inch Nickel Telescope, souvenir wine glass or mug and 20% Discount at our gift shop.

More Ticket Information

Due to the historic construction of the telescope domes and safety concerns, the 36-inch Great Refractor Telescope and the 40-inch Nickel Telescope are not wheelchair accessible at this time. Those who have difficulty navigating stairs may also find the telescopes inaccessible. Funds are being raised through the Friends of Lick Observatory to repair the elevating floor of the Lick 36-inch telescope to re-enable handicap access.

Tickets are non-refundable. Limit of four tickets per customer. Please be advised that unpredictable weather patterns may restrict telescope viewings, though lectures, concerts and other activities will still take place.

Please note: Due to safety regulations and the nature of the event, children must be at least 12 years of age for admission and accompanied by an adult.

Program Information

7:30 p.m. Doors Open Brief Telescope Visits
8:30 p.m. Concert, Main Hall
9:30 p.m. Science Talk, Lecture Hall Telescope Viewings
10:30 p.m.     Science Talk (repeated), Lecture Hall     Telescope Viewings
1:00 a.m.     Doors Close


Driving to Lick Observatory
Please allow a one-hour drive from San Jose. The road is good, but windy. The event typically lasts between 4 and 6 hours; prepare to drive home late in the evening. There are no automative services or gas stations for 20 miles, so please plan ahead. See more information on driving directions and parking here.

Recommended Attire
Casual, comfortable clothing and walking shoes. A sweater or coat is recommended.

Please be careful when walking around in the dark outside; bringing a flashlight is recommended. Children under the age of 12 are not allowed at this event.

The large telescopes will be available for viewing as soon as the sky is dark. Telescopes will remain open until every guest has had an opportunity to see through both the 36-inch Great Refractor and the 40-inch Nickel Telescope.

In order to view through the telescopes, guests will receive a numbered pass at the door. Guests with the lowest telescope numbers are admitted to the telescopes first - so we recommend getting to the observatory early! Please note: Due to historic construction of the telescope domes, the 36-inch Refractor and the 40-inch Nickel Telescope are not wheelchair accessible at this time.

Volunteer amateur astronomers also set up ground telescopes in the back parking so guests can view additional cosmic objects.

Gift Shop
Lick Observatory souvenirs and astronomy merchandise will be available for purchase between 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. You can also visit our Gift Shop online 24/7.

Snacks and beverages will be available near the Nickel Telescope. Vending machines and fountain water are also available.

We strive to make your visit as complete and meaningful as possible. Please let us know if you will need special assistance (for example, if you will have difficulty climbing stairs), so we can make the necessary arrangements.

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