Friday 13 July 2018
Date:13/07/2018 - 29/07/2018 
Repeat Every Day
Ad Astra Music Festival

Join the excitement of the Ad Astra Music Festival in Russell for their fifth summer of collaborative concerts and celebration of community.

Musicians from all over the country join local musicians to present 10 unique performances.

The festival spans three weekends in July and includes both main stage and chamber music performances as well as the festival's new Sunday Evening Series.

The four main stage performances are large-scale events featuring many world-class performers, suitable for large audiences. Tickets to each event are $10. The main stage concerts include Brahms' Requiem, performed by the joined forces of the Russell Community Choir, Ad Astra High School Honor Choir and the Ad Astra Chamber Choir; Jazz at the Barn, featuring Russell native and Fort Hays State University trumpet and jazz professor, Brad Dawson, and his crew of jazz musicians in an intimate, outdoor setting; Semiconciousness, which explores music composed within the last decade that illuminates our hopes, fears and unspoken ideas; and the dramatic and beloved Bach's St. Matthew Passion.

Additionally, the festival's three chamber music performances in the Deines Cultural Center place audiences intimately close to smaller casts of performers. Limited seating is available. Tickets to each event are $10. Performances include Kate Soper's 2014 opera, Here be Sirens; The Elements, a recital featuring the 2018 Young Artists singing the music of Franz Schubert and Matthew Piatt about Earth, Wind, Fire and Water; and Cannonballs Fly, an evening filled with musical responses to war and peace, featuring the Ad Astra String Quartet, mezzo-soprano Katelyn Mattson-Levy, tenor Michael Davidson and pianist Matthew Piatt.

The public can save $20 by buying season tickets to the seven ticketed events for only $50.

Tickets are available at the Russell County Economic Development Office, Espresso Etc. and on the festival's website at

This year, the festival is also collaborating with local churches to offer sacred music during the festival's new Sunday Evening Series. Three performances bring the historical music of the church home to Russell and provide an opportunity for people of all denominations to join together for these meditative events. Each performance begins at 7 PM and are free and open to the public.

(Information courtesy Ad Astra Music Festival.)

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