Ad Astra Music Festival

Celebrating five years of classical music in Russell, Kansas

  2018 Poster  by David Friday

2018 Poster by David Friday


TIckets on sale june 15

Tickets for our seven ticketed events are now on sale, with season passes available at a discounted rate. Check out our calendar here.

2018 string quartet announced

Join us in welcoming our 2018 String Quartet: violinists Madeleine Wething and Arman Nasrinpay, violist Caitlyn Fukai, and cellist Sally Murphy. Read more about them here.

join our choirs

Applications are 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.

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.


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.