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Ad Astra has commissioned an opera about the life of Trudy Furney to be performed at Prariesta 2021.
Trudy was a highly respected art teacher at Russell High School and pillar of the Russell artist community until her death in 1991. The bizarre final years of Trudy’s remarkable life made national news and speak to the lengths Trudy was willing to go to for her family and her craft. This opera seeks to memorialize Trudy and the remarkable impact she had on the Russell community and Kansas at large.
Three performance dates during Prairiesta 2021:
Thursday, June 10th at 7pm. Bickerdyke Park in Russell.
Friday, June 11th at 7pm. Bickerdyke Park in Russell.
Saturday, June 12 at 7pm. Bickerdyke Park in Russell.
Seating provided. $25/ticket.
Greater Western Kansas Region for the past 7 years, Ad Astra engages students and community members, alongside award-winning artists from across the country, to explore various human experiences through music. In a small town setting where you’d least expect it, Ad Astra brings to life reframed classical and contemporary programs with a consistently high artistic caliber difficult to find even in metropolitan areas, while enabling the future of classical music by ensuring 50% of our programs are works by new and emerging composers.
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.