Ad Astra Music Festival

Celebrating five years of classical music in Russell, Kansas


2018 Young artists announced

We are pleased to announce that our 2018 Young Artists are soprano Victoria Lawal, mezzo-soprano Alexandra Galla, tenor Logan Barat, and baritone Cooper McGuire. Read more about them here.

join our choirs

Applications our still open for our High School Honor Choir, and we are still seeking members for the Russell Community Choir! These two ensembles will join forces this season to sing Brahms' Requiem. Interested high school students may apply here, and community members at large my sign up here.

TIckets on sale june 15

Tickets for our seven ticketed events will go on sale June 15, with season passes available at a discounted rate. Check out our calendar here.


Celebrating five years of classical music in russell, Kansas

For three weekends each July, the Ad Astra Music Festival, founded in 2014, through the Russell Arts Council colors central Kansas with classical music by integrating emerging young artists, community members, and professional musicians. Audiences have come to expect fresh, new music alongside vibrant performances of history's richest musical works of art.

Performances at recent festivals featured jazz, choral, chamber, and orchestral music—including Handel's Jephtha, Saul, and Samson, commissions from 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist Michael Gilbertson, Moira Smiley, Bach cantatas, Carissimi oratorios, Schumann song cycles, masses by Byrd, Lassus, and Josquin, classic works by Bernstein, Britten, Duruflé, Dvorak, Grant Still, Haydn, and Zelenka, and new compositions from Matthew Aucoin, Adolphus Hailstork, Ellen Mandel, Libby Larsen, Mary Kouyoumdjian, James MacMillan, Nico Muhly, and Caroline Shaw.