July 21, 2018

8:30 p.m.

Performer: Brocelïande

Astronomy Speaker: Prof. Ruth Murray-Clay, UC Santa Cruz

Concert Information


Brocelïande brings a fresh sensibility to Celtic music from the British Isles and the Medieval and Renaissance music of the European courts and countrysides. Their stellar vocals and entrancing instrumental arrangements enliven each tune with captivating combined textures of the Celtic harp, octave mandolin, cello, guitars, recorders, nyckelharpa, flute, tin whistle, percussion, and the one-of-a-kind custom ten-stringed “hardanger cello d’amore!” The trio’s extensive repertoire includes original arrangements of traditional and Early music and ranges in feel from upbeat Irish dances to beautiful ballads to enticing a capella madrigals. Multilingual lyrics, from Medieval French and Portuguese to Old Scots and Gaelic to English, speak of love and longing, quests and revels, magic and transformation. Brocelïande uplifts their audiences and provides a sonic sanctuary for a time, honoring the elements of Nature and celebrating the human experience. Brocelïande is three virtuoso musicians: Margaret Davis (soprano, Celtic harp, recorders, flute), Kristoph Klover (tenor, guitars, octave mandolin, tin whistle), and Kris Yenney (alto, cello, nyckelharpa, percussion). Brocelïande is represented by Sugo Music, has released 7 CDs on the Flowinglass Music label, and appeared in the Disney movie “Bedtime Stories.” They are the only American musical group to have received permission from the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to record and perform their original settings of Tolkien’s poems, and they will be performing some of those tonight. Visit www.broceliande.org for more information.

Lecture Information

Prof. Ruth Murray Clay

A Diversity of Worlds: Origins of Structure in Planetary Systems

Ruth Murray Clay is a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz. She received her bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy at Harvard University and her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in astrophysics at UC Berkeley. In 2015, Murray-Clay won the Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy, which recognizes the exceptional contributions of astronomers under the age of 36.

Murray-Clay studies the formation and evolution of the solar system and of planetary systems around other stars. She explores a broad range of physical processes that contribute to the ultimate structure of planetary systems, including the evolution of the protoplanetary disk, planet formation, gravitational dynamics, and the evolution of atmospheres. She also studies objects in the outer reaches of our solar system for clues to its dynamical evolution.

Ticket Information

Join Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) and Get Tickets Early
If you'd like to purchase tickets as early as noon on April 11th, 2018, join our Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) program by April 1st, 2018. 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 on April 18th at noon.

Ticket Packages

General Admission: $45

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 before the concert, catered buffet dinner with wine 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 rood 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 light coat is recommended.

Please be careful when walking around in the dark outside; bringing a flashlight is recommended. Children under age 8 are not allowed at this event, and it may be unsuitable for children under the age of 12 due to late hours.

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 11:00 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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