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Sun Day Star

  • Memorial Park 85 East Holly Street Pasadena, CA, 91103 United States (map)


Join us in Memorial Park for the closing celebration of AxS Festival: City as Wunderkammer as we view Sunstar together. Artist Liliane Lijn has programmed a special sequence of colors, or “Sun Songs” that will only be viewable that day from the park.

We will also be joined from 1:00-2:30pm for a free concert by the acclaimed Los Angeles chamber music group wasteLAnd! Bring a blanket, bring your friends and family, and enjoy this very unique artwork shining brightly from the top of the solar observatory at Mt. Wilson!

Memorial Park
85 E. Holly St.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Sun Day Star is presented in partnership with Fulcrum Arts, the Armory Center for the Arts, and Mt. Wilson Institute. Our thanks to Rochelle Branch, the City of Pasadena, and Old Pasadena for their support and guidance.

Memorial Park is just steps away from the Gold Line station, and there are several affordable paid parking lots within walking distance.

Lament of Isis on the Death of Osiris by Elizabeth Lutyens 
Stephanie Aston, soprano

Having Never Written a Note for Percussion by James Tenney 
Dustin Donahue, percussion

Air by Toru Takemitsu 
Rachel Beetz, flute

Earth Ears by Pauline Oliveros 
Stephanie Aston, voice 
Rachel Beetz, flute 
Dustin Donahue, percussion

La perfezione di uno spirito sottile by Salvatore Sciarrino 
Stephanie Aston, voice 
Rachel Beetz, flute 
Dustin Donahue, percussion

About Sunstar
Sunstar is an art/science work by Liliane Lijn, artist, and John Vallerga, astrophysicist at UC Berkeley Space Science Lab. Sunstar is a large-scale and far reaching daytime installation sited on the historic 150’ Solar Tower on Mount Wilson. Using engineered glass prisms and specially designed code, a spray of diffracted sunlight is projected to specific locations, making the solar spectrum visible just at the meeting point of earth and sky in the form of a sparkling star.

About wasteLAnd
wasteLAnd is a Los Angeles-based concert series featuring avant-garde and experimental music, focusing on local performers and living composers. With an emphasis on recent and under-performed compositions, wasteLAnd is committed to expanding cultural offerings of the LA community and strives to build long-term relationships with contemporary music enthusiasts and newcomers alike. wasteLAnd concerts are an experience of unique curation, dedication, and quality—a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere in which listeners encounter engaging programs and tenacious performances.

Earlier Event: October 29
Cal Arts The Ensemble