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Astra is proud to endorse and support The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Celebration Tour concert at Historic Memorial Hall in Independence, Kansas on November 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.! The box office at 123 N, 8th St. opens at 10:00 a.m. on Nov. 14 through Nov. 18. Phone sales to (620) 330-3795 also open at this time. The box office at Memorial Hall will open at 2:00 p.m. the day of the concert. For infor and tickets, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/4LeafMarketing/

Also....Astra Arts Festival to again host their Haunted Tour on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017!

Just in time for the spookiest time of the year, “Astra Arts Festival—2018” will sponsor a special encore of its popular “Haunted Indy Tour” of eerie sites in Independence—or, at least stories about places reputedly haunted!  The tour—which also takes a tongue-in-cheek touch--takes place at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13 and advanced confirmed reservations are required.

Cost is $20 each for the approximate 90-minute tour, which includes van transportation and knowledgeable guides. Participants must be age 18 or older. The trip will abound with “mostly” true scary stories and visits to sites where legend holds of supernatural activity throughout the history of Independence.

Tour-goers should call Astra at (620) 266-1974 and leave a call-back message.  Reservations are not confirmed until Astra staff call back patrons and verify that there is room on the tour. Seating is very limited. Departure and return is at Riverside Park in front of the Riverside Aquatics Center.


Free Music Concerts--2016 Astra Arts Festival in Review

Music fans of all ages are encouraged to dance and sing along at our free concert events. The evening entertainment hosted at the Riverside Park band shell welcome bare feet, picnicking and old-fashioned family fun!

Need Fourth of July plans? Join the 2016 Astra Arts Festival for an amazing “Independence Day Concert,” performed by the Mid Continent Band at 8:00 p.m. This annual Independence Day concert features patriotic music and, of course, fireworks. 

The free “Music in the Park” concert is sure to be a dancin’-good time. With a variety of musical artists from every genre, this family-friendly evening is sure to inspire fun and frolic at the Riverside band shell. Catch the entertainment at the Park!!

Andrew Schaeffer who is a DMA candidate in organ performance from the University of Oklahoma,  will be performing a very special free pipe organ concert for Astra Arts Festival-goers. Dr. Schaeffer has performed at numerous organ concerts throughout the US. You can hear his lovely music regularly at the First United Methodist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, or you can attend his free concert on Sunday, July 3rd at 3:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence.



Sunday, July 3

Reuter Pipe Organ Concert with Andrew Schaeffer, First Presbyterian Church, 3:30 p.m.

Monday, July 4

Independence Day Concert, Riverside Park Band Shell, 7:30 p.m.



Reuter Organ Concert


Andrew Schaeffer is completing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance at the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma. He holds the Master of Music degree in organ performance from the Yale School of Music through the Institute of Sacred Music where he studied organ with Thomas Murray and organ improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart, and he also holds the Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where he studied organ with John Ferguson as well as Choral Conducting with Anton Armstrong.