Classical music in Russell, Kansas, every July
ad astra 2019 by the numbers
including 15 women composers
and including 15 living composers
66 artists in residence
164 contributing individuals and organizations
1036 supertitle slides
2019 season comes to a close
Ad Astra's final weekend of 2019 is a wrap! From producing an opera outside to hosting our first-ever vocal jazz ensemble to staging another Handel oratorio, this season’s concerts were as vibrant and thought-provoking as ever. Check out photos from the events on our Facebook, and revisit the season's calendar.
THANKS TO RUSSELL COMMUNITY
This music festival would not function without the gracious support of Russellites. From hosting musicians for weeks at a time, to feeding us countless meals, to making airport runs to Kansas City and Wichita, to financially supporting the music we make, the backing of this community makes bringing world-class music to central Kansas possible.
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.
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.