Two Musical Astronomy Shows by Prof. Kevin Krisciunas

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Total Eclipse: An astronomy-oriented comic opera
Libretto and production photos
Act 1 (streaming video): choose an entry point:

0:00 Opening Slide
1:00 Overture on Piano
2:15 Song: "Welcome to Barcelona"
5:50 Song: "It's Long Been My Duty"

9:40 Song: "Cardinal Imbroglio's Wretched-tative"
12:50 Song: "Swaying To and Fro"
17:50 Song: "When Jupiter Aligns with Mars"
19:45 Song: "The Confessor Song"

25:40 Song: "One Third of a Day"
30:10 Scene 2

31:50 Song: Duet by Father O'Ryan & Imbroglio

35:45 Scene 3
40:20 Song: "Moon and Sun"

Act 2 (streaming video): choose an entry point:

0:15 Scene 1
2:40 Song: "Total Eclipse"
6:56 Song: "How Can I Help You"

11:20 Scene 2
18:00 Scene 3
18:15 Song: "On This Day" (brief)

21:05 Song: "Don Juan" (Crowd song with solos)
38:13 Short poem: "Now I've Got Him"

44:33 Song (finale): "Barcelona"

All Star Revue:
Songs, Dances, and Lecture about the big bang and stellar evolution

Program

Part 1 (streaming video): choose an entry point:

0:00 Opening Slide
0:45 "The Galaxy Song"
4:40 Begin lecture: Stellar Spectra
6:35 Mass and life stories of stars

8:46 Doppler shifts
10:30 The early universe
13:20 Formation of heavy elements
14:36 Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram (including some new mnemonics!)

18:38 Planetary nebulae & Chandrasekhar
21:14 Supernovas

25:38 Supernova 1987a
27:09 Looking Back in Time

28:14 Betelgeuse: The next supernova
29:57 Black holes

Part 2 (streaming video): choose an entry point:

0:00 "The Light Years", a dramatized short story
26:35 Piano Variations on "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star"
36:43 Dance: "Red Giant Star"

40:16 Dance: "White Dwarf Star"
43:29 Dance: "The Supergiant, Pulsar, and Black Hole"

Part 3 (streaming video): choose an entry point:
(This is the part with most of the physics songs)

0:00 Song: Betelgeuse (to the tune of "Edelweiss")
4:45 Song & Dance: Give Me a Supernova (to the tune of "Give My Regards to Broadway")
6:55 Song: The Stars Go Nova (to the tune of "The Ants Go Marching")

8:30 Song: The Constellation Song (to the tune of "The Major General's Song", by Sir Arthur Sullivan)

10:30 Song: The Universe (tune by Sir Arthur Sullivan)
14:50 Song & Dance: One Single Supernova (to the tune of "One", from "A Chorus Line")
21:20 Song: Astronomer's Hat Dance (to the tune of "Mexican Hat Dance")

Thanks to Keith Weissglass and Geddes Munson for assistance with the streaming version of the video.

Prof. Krisciunas has also written several other songs about astronomy. Here are lyrics to 1 song about the constellations, and 7 other songs about supernovas, quasars, etc.. My favorite line from the constellations song (set to Gilbert & Sullivan's "Major General" song): "The constellations in the sky were not put there to bore us / There's Antlia, Andromeda, Aquarius, and Taurus".

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Background image of supernova remnant E0102-72 courtesy of NASA