RUSSELL — The fifth season of the Ad Astra Music Festival will bring four large-scale music performances with world-class performers and the addition of sacred music with local churches.
Tickets for the performances, which will span three weekends in July, will go on sale Friday. Tickets to each event are $10, or season tickets can be purchased for $50 at the Russell Economic Development Office, Espresso Etc. or www.adastramusicfestival.org, according to a press release from the festival.
The main stage concerts include:
• Brahms’ “Requiem,” performed by 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
• 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. The performances are:
• 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
• “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.
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 provides an opportunity for people of all denominations to join together for these meditative events. Each performance begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.