Music in the Pence Center jazzes up Astronomy Night at the Peak this Friday evening at the Signal Peak Campus

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – Astronomy Night at the Peak and Central Arizona College’s jazz singers and musicians are teaming up for a terrific night of no-cost family fun this Friday, April 23, at the Signal Peak Campus.

Beginning at 7 p.m., visitors to the Signal Peak Campus will be able to participate in Dr. Wayne Pryor’s outdoor presentation The Moon & Saturn. The ongoing program will run from 7-10 p.m.

Also beginning at 7 p.m., the CAC Choral Jazz Concert will be held inside the Don P. Pence Center for Visual & Performing Arts.

Normally there is a $5 charge for Pence Center shows, but as a special thank you to the community, both events are open to the public at no cost. Guests will be able to attend the concert and then have plenty of time to also visit the observatory after the program, or they may choose just one of the events.

CAC and Sodexo, the food service provider for the institution, again are teaming up to offer an evening of affordable family dining prior to both shows. Dinner will be served from 5-6 p.m.

“If you have never seen Saturn and its rings or the moon magnified a hundred times, this program will be a great deal of fun for everyone,” Pryor said. “We will look at the moon and talk about space missions that are finding water ice there. We also will look at Saturn and its rings and talk about the ongoing Cassini Mission that is orbiting the planet.”

Pryor, CAC’s astronomy and geology professor, is also a scientist on both NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Cassini Mission to Saturn.

The viewing will take place at the Central Arizona College observatory that features two telescopes with large reflectors. One telescope has a 24-inch diameter mirror, while the other is 14 inches.

Rick Moore and the CAC Jazz Ensemble will perform the following selections on Friday evening:

• Not Over the Hill (Mark Taylor)
• Desolation Blues (Ian McDougall)
• Tangerine (Schertzinger/Mercer; Arranged by Dave Wolpe)
• I Concentrate on You (Cole Porter; Arranged by Mark Taylor) - Featuring Mario Escanlante on tenor sax
• Fish N’ Grits (Jeff Jarvis)
• Using The Force (Craig Skeffington)
• Flugel Nights (Mark Taylor) – Featuring Justin Mons on flugelhorn
• Late Arrival (Jeff Jarvis)
• Sweets (Sammy Nestico) - Featuring Scott Ludwig on trumpet
• Leap Frog (Joe Garland)
• Storm Zone (Doug Beach)

The Central Arizona College Jazz Ensemble features the following performers:

Lead Alto - Jayson Myers (Casa Grande)
Alto II - Elizabeth Marrufo (Casa Grande)
Lead Tenor - Mario Escalante (Casa Grande)
Bari Sax - Jesse Lopez (Picacho)
Lead Trumpet - Justin Mons (Casa Grande)
Trumpet II - Brandon Garcia (Casa Grande)
Trumpet III - Scott Ludwig (Coolidge)
Lead Trombone - Sam Mirquarry (Casa Grande)
Trombone II - Alejandra Rojas (Casa Grande)
Trombone III - Brad Berger (Florence)
Electric Guitar - Martin Calleros (Casa Grande)
Bass Guitar - John Sutton (Arizona City)
Drum Set - Brandon Downs (Surprise)

Before night falls, moms and dads are invited to bring the entire family for dinner at the Central Arizona College Dining Hall from 5-6 p.m. The dining hall is located on the second floor of the Mel A. Everingham Student Center adjacent to The Green near the entrance to the campus.

Dinner is $5.95 plus tax per person for everyone and is served buffet style. The menu includes hamburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, pizza, chicken nuggets, French fries, macaroni and cheese, a salad bar, self-serve ice cream and dessert stations, and a choice of beverages.


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