Contributed by Deborah Klugman

Music and nature lovers!

Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome are back at Mount Wilson Observatory with two live concerts on August 1 and September 5, held in the vaulted dome of the Observatory’s 100-foot telescope.

The classical program on August 1 consists of two Schubert masterpieces and a world premiere by French composer Éric Tanguy. Tanguy’s composition features accomplished cellist and series’ artistic director Cecilia Tsan, as well as classical musicians Elissa Johnston, Ambroise Aubrun, Henry Gronnier and Alma Fernandez.

A jazz program on September 5 showcases the Lounge Art Ensemble, with Weather Report drummer extraordinaire Peter Erskine, and Bob Sheppard and Darek Oles.

Each program will be presented twice, at 3 pm and 5 pm. An artists’ reception, with refreshments, will take place at 4 pm. Concert-goers can also view an exhibition of astronomical artifacts, drawings, and photographs from the Observatory’s unique collection.

Tickets [advance purchase recommended] are $50 and can be purchased at:

Some tickets may also be available at the door. Seating is limited.

Please note that attendees must be fully vaccinated and that children under 12 are not admitted.

Access to the Dome is via a 53-step staircase.

There is no ADA-compliant access.

All proceeds go to support the Mount Wilson Institute in its mission to preserve, protect and promote the Observatory and its accomplishments.