Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome

“There exists a passion for comprehension, just as there exists a passion for music.”
- Albert Einstein
Photo: Irina Logra


Artistic Director Cécilia Tsan curates thoughtful musical adventures
under the magnificent vaulted dome of the 100-inch telescope. 

The 100-inch telescope is the instrument with which astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered our place in an expanding universe and so expanded our comprehension. The dome for the telescope—designed by Chicago architect D.H. Burnham—is a 20th century temple to science whose acoustics rival the great cathedrals of Europe and provides a unique setting for this ambitious music series. 

PLEASE NOTE: Access to the dome performance level is via a 53-step staircase. Mount Wilson Observatory is a mile high in elevation so the air is noticeably thinner. There is no ADA-compliant access. Children under age 12 are not permitted.


July 17

Jazz & More!

Cory Pesaturo, accordion
Leah Zeger, violin
Jorge Villanueva, percussion

The July 17 program will feature an eclectic blend of Jazz and More with the incomparable accordionist Cory Pesaturo, violinist Leah Zeger, and percussionist Jorge Villanueva. Along with improvisation, Pesaturo is known for his extensive versatility, playing genres from Klezmer to French, Balkan to Funk, Tango to Rock, Italian to Electronic. 

August 7

Brass Quintet

Laura Brenes, French horn
Jon Lewis and Dustin McKinney, trumpets
Bill Reichenbach & Ryan Dragon, trombones

September 4

Jazz with Michael Valerio (bass) & friends

October 2

Music by Bach (Concerto for two Violins, arr. for violin & cello by Cicely Parnas) and US Premiere of French composer Karol Beffa “Masques” for violin & cello.

Ambroise Aubrun, violin
Cécilia Tsan, cello

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past concerts: 2022 season

Beethoven: Trio Serenade in D Major op. 8 for Violin, Viola and Cello
Todd Mason: World Premiere, Trio for Flute, Violin & Cello, 2021
Mozart: Quartet for Flute, Violin, Viola & Cello in D Major K.285

Rachel Mellis, flute
Martin Chalifour, violin
Victor de Almeida, viola
Cécilia Tsan, cello

Salastina: Ravel String Quartet

Maia Jasper White & Kevin Kumar, violins
Johanna Nowik, viola
Charlie Tyler, cello
Brian Lauritzen, host