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Sunday Afternoon Concerts Return To The Iconic Mount Wilson Observatory This Summer

By Ashlyn Davis

Sunday Afternoon Concerts Return To The Iconic Mount Wilson Observatory This Summer

For one day only, you can catch a cosmic classical concert at this breathtaking mile-high location.

Ascend the mountainous landscape to the magnificent dome that houses the historic Hooker 100-inch telescope. It’s rare that you get to see a concert in a historic temple of science perched over a mile above L.A. This 20th Century vaulted structure that opens up to the heavens, not only provides an awe-inspiring stage for world-class musicians, but has acoustics to match one of Europe’s top symphony halls. It seems only fitting that our cultural horizons should broaden in the same place that astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered that the Milky Way galaxy was just one of the many galaxies in an ever-expanding universe.

Artistic Director and acclaimed French cellist Cécilia Tsan will lead this brief series of two concerts on Sunday, August, 1. Her prolific career began at the tender age of five and includes concert performances around the world, both as a soloist, but also as a chamber musician. As one of 109 women chosen to receive a French Marianne Award for inclusion in the Panthéon in Paris, you can rest assured the fourth season of events at Mount Wilson Observatory will be nothing short of incredible.

Other artists performing at this year’s concerts will be Los Angeles Master Chorale Elissa Johnston, French Violinist Ambroise Aubrun, founding member and first violinist of the Rossetti String Quartet Henry Gronnier, and string musicians Alma Fernandez. They’ll be playing classical renditions by Franz Schubert and Éric Tanguy.

Tickets cost $50 and that includes access to the exhibit. A portion of the proceeds will go towards preserving this landmark.

Location: 100-Inch Telescope Dome, Mount Wilson Circle Road & Mount Wilson Road, Mount Wilson CA 91023

You can find out more and book tickets here

Featured Image: Cripell via Flickr

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