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An evening of music under the stars will be helping to build a new observatory – all the better for viewing the stars.

A Celebration of Music kicks off on Thursday, 10 March, with Broadway Under the Stars on the Great Lawn at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Starting at 8pm, there will be performances by US-based musicians Greg Rolph and Maria Antunez.

On Saturday, 12 March, American artist Chuck Holden and local musician Gary Ebanks will perform at Jazz on the Green. Guests are invited to bring a blanket to spread out on the lawn for a relaxed evening of great jazz music. A pre-concert dinner is available both evenings.

The final day of the event, Sunday, 13 March, will feature a Gospel Brunch at 7 Prime Cuts & Sunsets restaurant, at the Ritz-Carlton, with live entertainment by Maryel Epps, Clyde Kain and Omar Walters.

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman has partnered with the Ritz-Carlton to host the event, part of the proceeds of which will go toward a new observatory at UCCI to house a fully computerised telescope.

Rotarian Bill Hrudey set about building his perfect telescope in 1997. Just a few months after it was completed in 2004, Hurricane Ivan struck, submerging the base and all the electronic controls in salt water. The project was then put on hold for several years.

However, Hrudey rebuilt and completed his project in 2009. The telescope – which is no portable device – required a “home”; he chose to donate it to UCCI. The proposed observatory will not only house the telescope but also have a classroom and a sliding roof over the observing deck.

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