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Music at the Dome

A beautiful and unique Sunday afternoon awaits when you take the scenic drive to Mount Wilson Observatory for six breathtaking Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome.

The magnificent vaulted dome is the home of the Hooker telescope which was completed in 1917 and was the world’s largest telescope until 1949. It is one of the most famous telescopes in observational astronomy of the 20th century. Designed by D.H Burnham the dome is a temple to science and provides an incredible setting for this extraordinary music series.

Kicking off the season will be the Lounge Art Ensemble, led by Weather Report drummer extraordinaire Peter Erskine who has been voted “Best Jazz Drummer of the Year” ten times by Modern Drummer. This exceptional jazz trio also features saxophonist Bob Sheppard and bassist Darek Oles.

Each concert date over the next six months will consist of two performances the first at 3:00 pm and again at 5: pm with an artist reception between the two concerts at 4pm.

Seating inside the historic dome is limited. Access to the dome performances is via a 53 step staircase. Mount Wilson Observatory is at a mile-high elevation so the air is noticeably thinner. There is no ADA compliant access and children under 12 are not permitted.

Tickets are available online in advance (highly recommended or at the door given availability. For a complete schedule and tickets please visit


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