May 31, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host "Music in the Dark: Stargazing and Jazz," Friday, June 8, at 10 p.m. on the Academic Quad.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature music by Phil Haynes and Free Country.

"Jazz music and astronomy go so well together," said Bucknell astronomer Ned Ladd, associate professor of physics. "They're both highly technical, but also pull so strongly on our emotions. Both endeavors are about exploration — seeing what's possible out there."

"Music in the Dark will combine cool sights and sounds on a warm summer night. We hope that folks will bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets for a casual night under a star-filled sky."

Telescopes will be set up on the Quad, located between Bertrand Library and Freas Hall, offering up-close views of exploded stars, rich star clusters, and the planets Saturn and Mars, as well as a midnight moonrise over the campus.

"Free Country is an acoustic, jazzy, 'NPR friendly' string band specializing in the history of American popular music," said drummer Phil Haynes, adjunct artist affiliate at Bucknell.

"The program will include Negro spirituals, Revolutionary and Civil War Hymns, Stephen Foster, Aaron Copland, Hollywood's Western movie soundtracks, the Beatles and 1960s Rock revolution's anthems," he said.

Joining Haynes will be Hank Roberts, cello and vocals; Jim Yanda, guitar; and Drew Gress, bass.

The rain location for the jazz concert is Harvey Powers Theatre in Coleman Hall.

Contact: Division of Communications

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