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Rollins Planetarium Presents “Christmas Under the Stars” with Special Guest Musician Jonn Serrie

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Author: Molly Blashcke
Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310, klwaldroup@yhc.edu

Rollins Planetarium Presents “Christmas Under the Stars” with Special Guest Musician Jonn Serrie

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium will present two special showings of the “Christmas Under the Stars” concert featuring musician and composer Jonn Serrie on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students aged 5 and older.

Serrie has rearranged holiday songs from around the world in his own unique style. The live performance will be accompanied by astronomical and night sky visualizations on the planetarium’s dome.

Serrie is one of the premiere synthesizer artists producing “space music” with broad audience appeal. His visionary compositional skills have revolutionized today’s contemporary electronic music, as he combines the timeless depths of space with spiritual musical vision, spanning the universe. 

He has performed at planetariums since the early 1980s and worked on various projects for NASA and the U.S. Navy. He scored the award-winning IMAX feature film "Hubble: Galaxies Across Space and Time” and composed music for the film “What the Bleep Do We Know?” He has contributed music to top-rated networks, including PBS, Discovery Channel and The Weather Channel.

O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium features a state-of-the-art GOTO Chronos Space Simulator star projector with a full-dome digital projection system, the Sky-Skan Definiti, in a 40-foot dome theater with 5.1 surround sound. Recently renovated with comfortable seating for 104, Rollins Planetarium offers public shows and educational opportunities for school groups throughout the year. Rollins Planetarium is located in the Maxwell Center on the YHC campus.

If skies are clear, the YHC Observatory is open immediately after planetarium shows. The observatory features a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and is located around 1.5 miles from campus at Brasstown Valley Resort. Maps are available at the planetarium. Observing sessions last up to one hour and include a guided tour of the constellations.

For more information about planetarium and observatory events, call (706) 379-5195 or visit yhc.edu/planetarium.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit yhc.edu.

John Serrie

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