June 22, 2015, BY Andy Hirsch

Bucknell University will host Music in the Dark on Thursday, June 25, at 10 p.m. on the Academic Quad. The event, which combines the art of improvised acoustic music with the science of astronomy, is free and open to the public.

"Music in the Dark unites romantic interpretations of jazz and popular standards with casual outdoor stargazing," said musician Phil Haynes, an artist affiliate at Bucknell. "Nothing both excites and humbles the imagination quite like the contemplation of our own universe, origins, spirituality and place. There is simply no greater stage." Haynes (drums) will be joined by Professor Barry Long, music (flugelhorn & trumpet), Tony Marino (double bass) and David Pope (tenor saxophone and bass clarinet).

"We're excited to pair astronomy and music — two of the original seven liberal arts — in a midsummer night's setting," said Professor Ned Ladd, physics & astronomy. "Art and science are deeply complementary. As scientists, we search for clear and satisfying explanations for astronomical phenomena, just as musicians try to uncover the harmonies within a universe of sound."

Telescopes on the quad will offer views of star clusters, the planet Saturn and a beautiful moon high in the sky, Ladd said. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. In the event of rain, the musicians will perform in nearby Harvey Powers Theatre, located in Coleman Hall.