Ad Astra Music Festival

Est. 2014 in Russell, Kansas

Jul
12
7:30 PM19:30

Te Deum

Our opening performance features our Ad Astra Chamber Choir, the Russell Community Choir, and the High School Honor Choir in a performance of Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum. This hauntingly spiritual work uses ancient music traditions in a mystical atmospheric work. John Irving, artistic director, will lead this performance.

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Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

Jazz at the Barn

Returning from popular demand, this summer will mark our fourth Jazz at the Barn led by Russell-native and Ft. Hays State University faculty member, Brad Dawson. He’ll bring his friends from Kansas City to jam at Granny Mae’s Barn while we serve popcorn and cocktails.

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Jul
14
2:00 PM14:00

Anna Pidgorna, an introduction

For Prairiesta 2021, the festival is commissioning an opera about the life of beloved art teacher, Trudy Furney from composer, Anna Pidgorna. Anna was in Russell last summer to get a feel for our community and gather information about Trudy. This summer, we’re presenting an afternoon of her music. Meet Anna and hear some of her fantastic works.

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Jul
20
7:30 PM19:30

Proving Up

A new opera by Missy Mazzoli tells the story of a Nebraska family trying to prove up their government issued land from the Homestead Act of 1862. Their hardships are explored in a brilliant score by Mazzoli that was co-commissioned by The Kennedy Center, Colombia University, and Opera Omaha.

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Jul
26
7:30 PM19:30

Unaccompanied, in concert

Formed while students at Northern Arizona University, Unaccompanied is a vocal ensemble blurring the lines between vocal jazz and pop a cappella. Somewhere between Ella Fitzgerald and Pitch Perfect lies this fantastic ensemble. They’ll sing music from their debut album, Pinetones.

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Jul
27
7:30 PM19:30

Handel's Theodora

In true Ad Astra fashion, we’ll close our season with a major Baroque work. This year, Handel’s Theodora brings to life the trials of Christian martyrs under Roman rule in the fourth century. A romance between a Christian woman and a Roman guard is at the crux of the drama. Alex Underwood will lead this performance.

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