Please join the Oscar Reynolds Trio for an evening of music that is out of this world on top of the world at Mount Hamilton! Join master South American artists for a rare evening of Afro-Latin Andean Jazz as these masters lace haunting Andean panpipes with fiery guitar, bass and percussion that evoke hints of jazz and worldbeat. Get ready for an uplifting musical exploration to the Andes Mountains of South America and beyond as the Oscar Reynolds Trio "will soar you to the outer edges of the universe!” - Improvijazzation
Bolivian-born Andean flutist and guitarist Oscar Reynolds leads the Oscar Reynolds Trio, whose self-composed repertoire and top-notch performance is an eclectic combination of Bolivian and Afro-Bolivian music harmoniously uniting with other cultures and genres like flamenco, Afro-Peruvian music, Brazilian bossanova, and jazz. Perhaps best known for playing the Andean panpipes and the guitar simultaneously, Oscar has received honors from the Bolivian government, California Senate, California legislature, and the Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County for his lifetime achievement in music and his advocacy of Bolivian music throughout the world.
Joining Oscar is Venezuelan drummer Lali Mejia whose versatile percussive drumming weaves flamenco, Latin jazz, South American styles and world beats. Peruvian native David Pinto completes the sound with the six-string bass. Best-known for his work as music director, arranger, and bassist of Afro-Peruvian song diva and Grammy-winner Susana Baca, David is one of the most versatile bass players in the world.
Dr. Romanowsky is a faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at San Jose State University, and a researcher at the University of California Observatories (UCO).
He uses dynamics to study dark matter, black holes, star clusters, and galaxies. He is one of the lead investigators in the SLUGGS (SAGES Legacy Unifying Globulars and GalaxieS) Survey with the Keck and Subaru telescopes.
General Admission: $40
Preferred Guest: $90
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|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.
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.
Lick Observatory souvenirs and astronomy merchandise will be available for purchase between 7:30 to 11:00 p.m.
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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