Ad Astra Music Festival

Celebrating five years of classical music in Russell, Kansas


  2018 Poster  by David Friday

2018 Poster by David Friday


successful first weekend of concerts

Ad Astra's first weekend of 2018 is a wrap! Brahms Requiem, Jazz at the Barn, Here Be Sirens, and Charles Wesley & Charles Ives were each successful thanks to the support of the Russell community. Check out photos from the events on our Facebook.

read out article in the salina journal

The Salina Journal has published an article celebrating the festival's five-year anniversary! Read it at their website.

ad astrA featured on radio kansas

Twelve of the festival's musicians were interviewed on Radio Kansas KHCT 90.9 last Friday, June 13, from 2:00–4:00 pm.

russell residents receive calendars in mail

Check your mailbox, because every resident of Russell received a calendar detailing the festival's ten events! Hang that thing on your fridge, and download an extra copy 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.