DARK SKIES CELESTIAL CONCERT at OrCA!
SUNDAY, DEC. 18 @ 3pm
ORACLE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
700 E. KINGSTON ST, ORACLE AZ 85623
This unique event will feature astrophotography by U of A Manager and Primary Speaker Adam Block, musical performances by Artistic Director, Dr. Stephen Cook, and a talk about the Bethlehem Star by Revd Dr. Christopher Corbally S.J. of the Vatican Observatory.
Dinner plates will be available for purchase from Rancheros Carniceria Meat Market.
Star gazing will follow the event.
Tickets $30 in advance, $35 door
Included in Season Ticket package
Student tickets free with ID
Adam's life-long goal to be an astronomer began at the early age of 4. He specifically selected the University of Arizona to continue his pursuits and graduated with a B.S. in Astronomy and Physics in 1996. He spent the next nine years developing and administering public outreach programs at the National Observatory (Kitt Peak). Since 2007 his dream to create foremost public outreach experiences in astronomy is being realized with a return to the University under Steward Observatory and the College of Science at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter.
Adam is most well-known for his abilities to speak and communicate difficult concepts in astronomy in simple and creative ways. Over the past 15+ years he has hosted many thousands of evenings for the public and strives to maintain quality programs that are fresh and exciting with unflagging enthusiasm. Adam is also recognized around the world as a leading astrophotographer. The images he produces as part of public outreach programs are published in magazines, books, posters, and widely on the internet. His images have graced NASA's "Astronomy Picture of the Day" website more than 70 times and have been used as reference images by amateur and professional astronomers alike. In 2012 he was the recipient of the "Hubble Award" from the Advanced Imaging Conference- one of the highest awards for work in astrophotography that is recognized around the world.
- Featured by the Discovery Channel on their show called the Daily Planet (January 2015).
- Monthly Columnist for Astronomy Magazine (Cosmic Imaging)
- Winner of the best deep space photograph of 2013 by the Royal Observatory's "Astrophotographer of the Year"
- Discoverer of Supernova 2013dc in NGC 6240
- Recipient of the Hubble Award (2012)
- Award for Excellence in Astronomical Imaging (Santa Barabara Imaging Group)
- SkyCenter Astronomer Honored For Astrophotography
- Adam's 70+ Astronomy Pictures of the Day
- Arizona Highways Short (video)
- Images used as Tucson City Improvement (Speedway Blvd.)
- Detection of Gamma Ray Burst 080330 with Timothy Ferris "Seeing in the Dark" Internet Telescope
- One of the minor planets I discovered and named "Williamon" and A complete version of this story written by me.
- Minor Planet "Adamblock" (honored in a similar fashion as the above)
- Adam Block's Awesome Universe (Astronomy Magazine, June 2009)
- ShutterBug Article (2010)
Revd Dr. Christopher Corbally S.J.
Dr. Christopher J. Corbally, S.J. is a research astronomer of the Vatican Observatory and was its Vice Director for the Vatican Observatory Research Group in Tucson, Arizona, until 2012. He is based in Tucson and makes occasional visits to the Observatory's headquarters at Castel Gandolfo, Italy. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Astronomy, University of Arizona. He was born in England and entered the British Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1963. Part of his training included a Licentiate in Philosophy from Heythrop College, Oxon., a B.D. in Theology from London University, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Toronto.
His scientific research centers around the technique of classifying stars by their spectra. This has led him into problems of the structure and history of the Milky Way Galaxy, into the formation of systems of multiple stars, and into many aspects of the evolution of stars. He was the Project Scientist for the first of the Observatory's telescopes to be built outside of Vatican City State, the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope on Mount Graham, Arizona.
He is a past president of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science. This society has been reflecting on science and values since 1954 and is a co-publisher of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. Currently he and a colleague, Dr. Margaret Boone Rappaport, are looking into what makes humans special (see http://TheHumanSentienceProject.org).
Dr. Stephen Cook
Passionate about classical piano, Dr. Stephen Cook leads the Oracle Piano Society as its founder and Artistic Director.
As a pianist, Cook has been seen on television broadcasts and heard on the radio airwaves. He has concertized throughout the United States and abroad to popular and critical acclaim and his skills and interpretations as a concert pianist have earned him distinguished awards, including scholarships and top prizes in both national and international piano competitions.
Reviewing his performance of the rarely-performed Brahms Eb minor Scherzo, the legendary New York Times critic Harold C. Shonberg hailed Cook's interpretation as the only convincing performance he had ever heard.
Acclaimed for his dynamic approach to concertizing, Dr. Cook emphasizes artistic fusion with synergistic performances integrating piano, poetry, and the visual arts.
A student of luminary pianists Robert Hamilton and Eteri Andjaparidze, Cook attended DePaul University, Northwestern University, and Arizona State University where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree.