John McCaughey: Musical Director


Astra Quarter-Hour Concerts - Spring-Summer season 2020

A series of short aural-video programs for online listening and viewing, assembled from the Astra Concerts archive from the 1950s to the present, and introducing new studio works from composers in the period of COVID-19.

Drawing on these past and current elements, mini-concerts are created that never took place as such, from items separated in time and place. New ways open up for Astra's characteristic program experiences, of encounters between different styles and eras in music, both choral and instrumental.


Robert Carl, Stefan Wolpe, Alma Mahler


Martin Friedel & Allan Walker (2020), Keith Humble (1987)




"The skill that John McCaughey and the Astra Choir bring to these extraordinarily demanding works cannot be overstated. This has to be some of the most virtuosic choral singing I've ever heard. The profundity of the music is consistent, and you won't have to be an aficionado of choral singing to appreciate this music." - Fanfare (review of Astra's CD "We, like Salangan Swallows...")

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2020 season program

2020 season program

Astra's concert activities are at present suspended.
We invite you to open the 2020 season program to see the design of the intended programs, which we hope to implement when our music-making is able to resume.