They’re perfect places for hearing a concert, of course, as their designation would correctly suggest.
But music-oriented performances have a wonderful way of popping up in other structures, the kind of buildings that were once fashioned for other purposes far removed from cultural splendor.
Take Mount Wilson Observatory, and its incredibly capacious Dome.
Space buffs know the beautiful space well, and, moreover, what sits inside it: The Hooker telescope, a 100-inch wonder fascinatingly employed by Edwin Hubble during his astronomy-changing earthbound forays into the wider cosmos.
The 1917 telescope, a titan of observational astronomy, is certainly a big draw for visitors, but it also turns out that telescope’s big house, the airy Dome, is rather awesome on the acoustic front, as one might accurately imagine.
Others have noticed, and warm-weather concerts have become a tradition inside it, adding another layer to Mount Wilson’s noble legacy.
Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome are returning each first Sunday of the month, from May to October 2019, and there are two times to choose from: 3 and 5 o’clock.
A ticket is $50. Do get it in advance.
Great regional musicians’ll show with their violins, flutes, and guitars in tow, and each Sunday will feature different works and its own distinct vibe. Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli are the featured favorites on Sunday, May 5, the first day of the 2019 series.
Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms are all on the schedule ahead, too.
Amazing composers, cosmic vibes, and that one-of-a-kind space-searcher serving as the Dome’s famous focal point? So cool.
Also cool? The Hooker telescope was deemed the largest in the world, for decades. That music heard live in a sublime and unusual setting can also make a listener feel incredibly large inside fits the venue well.
Ever enjoyed Brahms next to a scope that’s been successfully used to peer into the deep reaches of space? If you haven’t, you can, this summer.
Eric Desplinter recounted his five-day ordeal Friday lost on Mounta Baldy.
He and a fellow hiker were reported missing over the weekend in Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains. They were found alive Wednesday.
The 33-year-old Chino Hills resident and former National Guardsman who served in Afghanistan and Gabrielle Wallace, 31, of Rancho Cucamonga had been last seen in the Mount Baldy area around 10 a.m. Saturday.
Search-and-rescue teams combed some 30 square miles of the mountains for four days looking for the hikers.
Desplinter said they got lost on the trail and “had a little bit of a slip” going to Cucamonga Peak.
The couple survived by rationing their food, drinking water through a LifeStraw filter and staying as warm as possible.
Two hikers were rescued after a fall on icy Mount Waterman in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.
Video posted Monday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau shows the helicopter hoist rescue. The rescue team saved two hikers, who fell approximately 100 feet in icy conditions on Mount Waterman in the La Cañada Flintridge area.
According to Altadena Sheriff’s Station, the male hiker from Riverside possibly broke his ankle and the female hiker from Anaheim Hills possibly fractured her ribs when one victim slipped on ice to help the other victim.
The hikers used a personal satellite-based locator to request help. They were on a trail approximately one mile off Highway 2 when Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 responded, according to Altadena Sheriff’s Station.
After two hours the hikers were located and airlifted to a hospital. The hikers were a part of a 30 person hiking group and are expected to recover.
The ski area closed Sunday due to snow accumulation and unsafe conditions.
Mount Waterman is scheduled to open once again for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend.
The Altadena Sheriff’s Station reccomends people to pack extra equipment in case of any emergency.