Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome

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


As you most probably know, the Angeles National Forest was declared closed until September 17th, forcing us to relocate our season final Concert in the Dome this coming Sunday.

Pasadena Presbyterian Church, the home of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, is another southland venue of premiere acoustic quality. We are very grateful to them for providing the space so that we may still present the Lounge Art Ensemble.

Please Note:
For all events hosted by the Mount Wilson Observatory, all attendees must be FULLY vaccinated against COVID-19.  Proof of vaccination will be required at the event check-in.  In addition, masks are required indoors at all times.


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Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome have returned!

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.

We are requiring every guest be fully vaccinated. We will be checking for proof at the door, and masks must be worn indoors at all times.  

past concerts: 2021 season

Sunday, September 5, 2021: 4PM

The Lounge Art Ensemble, Jazz Trio

New Location: Pasadena Presbyterian Church
585 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena CA 91101

There is more seating at the church so more tickets are available! (Tell your friends!)

The sublime Lounge Art Ensemble returns. Led by Weather Report drummer extraordinaire Peter Erskine, this jazz trio features saxophonist Bob Sheppard and bassist Darek Oles with another ‘carte blanche’ program of jazz standards. Don’t be misled by the name Lounge Art Ensemble. This is definitely not lounge music for sipping wine and munching appetizers. Peter Erskine’s heady drumming, with multi-woodwind genius Bob Sheppard’s improvisations, along with one of the most sought after Jazz bassist’s in Los Angeles, Darek Oles, is sure to get your attention and keep you engaged.


Peter Erskine, Drums
Bob Sheppard, Saxophone
Darek Oles, Bass

Sunday, August 1, 2021


Salve Regina in A Major Op. 153 for Soprano and String Quartet Franz Schubert

Le Lys et la Lyre for Soprano and Cello (World Premiere), Éric Tanguy 

String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 “Rosamunde”Franz Schubert


Elissa Johnston, soprano
Ambroise Aubrun, violin
Henry Gronnier, violin
Alma Fernandez, viola
Cécilia Tsan, cello