Ad Astra Music Festival

Est. 2014 in Russell, Kansas

this weekend’s performances


ad astra stages opera outside

Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up was staged outdoors on land acquired through the Homestead Act of 1862. Thank you to LaSada Lodge and our fearless patrons for bearing the heat to watch this stunning work.

final weekend approaches

Our final weekend of concerts features a cappella vocal jazz group Unaccompanied, a staged Handel oratorio, and a choral masterpiece at the basilica in Victoria. Purchase your tickets now!

trudy furney opera under way

Sisters Anna Pidgorna and Maria Reva are creating an opera about legendary Russell High School art teacher Trudy Furney, to be premiered at Prariesta 2021. Contribute to this huge undertaking by making a tax-deductible donation.

2019 Poster  by David Friday

2019 Poster by David Friday


Est. 2014 in Russell, Kansas

Each July, the Ad Astra Music Festival, founded by Russell native Alex Underwood, 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. From opera and chamber music performances the Deines Cultural Center, to sunset services at the picturesque Basilica of St. Fidelis, to live jazz at Granny Mae’s barn, each season offers concerts for every Kansan to enjoy. Ad Astra prides itself on programming new music from a diverse set of composers, including commissions from 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist Michael Gilbertson and Moira Smiley, Matthew Aucoin, Mary Kouyoumdjian, and Kate Soper. We’re dedicated to making this festival of and for the people of Russell as we annually collaborate with local visual artists, poets, and musicians to design meaningful creative experiences.