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

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. Attendees must be fully vaccinated. Children under age 12 are not permitted.

In accordance with the July 15, 2021 Los Angeles County Health Officer Order, masks are required in all indoor areas of the observatory grounds. This includes the Sunday Concerts in the Dome.

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Lounge Art Ensemble, Jazz Trio

Back by popular demand, this iconic Trio will return to enchant our ears. Led by Weather Report drummer extraordinaire Peter Erskine, Lounge Art Trio will offer a freewheeling selection of standards and original tunes in the observatory’s unique and historic venue.  The performance will be acoustic, without amplification, promising that the full tonality of the instruments and the dynamic control these musicians possess will be fully appreciated by the audience.  Come and enjoy – quoting Peter Erskine himself, “This Dome has some of the best acoustics in the world!”


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

past concerts: 2021 season

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