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Mt. Wilson Concert in Historic Telescope Dome

For the second concert of the season, the Mount Wilson Obervatory will host a performance at the beginning of June featuring Alex Iles and Friends Brass Quintet, with French cellist Cécilia Tsan as the Artistic Director. 

The concert will be held inside of the Observatory’s historic 100-inch telescope dome which contains the original telescope astronomer Edwin Hubble used in his discoveries.  

The performances will take place on the first Sunday of every month from May to October with two scheduled performances at 3 pm and 5 pm, and will be followed by a reception with the artists and entrance to the observatory’s scientific exhibitions with rare artifacts, drawings, and illustrations. 

The award winning French Cellist, who is known for her “uncompromising musical character and a towering technique” (Los Angeles Times), will serve as the aritistic director for the chamber music concert. Cécilia Tsan was born in France and has toured the world as both a soloist and a chamber musician and has recorded hundreds of soundtracks. In addition to her role for this concert series, Tsan currently plays as the Principal Cellist with the Long Beach Symphony Orchesta as well as the Los Angeles Master Chorale Orchestra.

The chamber music concert will also include artists Jon Lewis, Dustin McKinney, Laura Brenes, and Bill Reichenbach. The program will feature: Dance by Wilke Renwick, Scarborough Fair, arr. By Bill Reichenbach, Suite for Brass Quintet by Verne Reynolds, Quintet by Michael Kamen, Contrapunctus IX by J.S. Bach, “The Quest” by Todd Mason, and Frostfire by Eric Ewazen.

 All proceeds go to support the Mt. Wilson Institute in its mission to preserve, protect, and promote the Observatory's research.