Celebrating Our
10th Anniversary Season!

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 20:55

10th Anniversary Season

It's hard to believe, but 2017-2018 will be Astraios's 10th anniversary season. From our first concert in Colorado, where the musicians were famously paid only in cookies, we have come so far! 

Saturday, 29 April 2017 21:57

2017-2018 Season

Join us for our

10th Anniversary Season!

All concerts at Expedition Frisco
9073 Berkshire Drive
Frisco, TX 75033

Friday, October 6, 2017

7:30 pm
Gruca White Ensemble
Linda White, Flute & Robert Gruca, Guitar

Gruca White Ensemble

Back by popular demand! The Gruca White Ensemble presents an array of standard classical repertoire mixed with improvised jams. This flute and guitar duo is an Ensemble-in-Residence at The Music Settlement, a nationally recognized community music school. 

Friday, December 15, 2017
7:30 pm
New Houston Harp Ensemble
Emily Mitchell, Susanna Campbell, Danielle Harmon, and Kimberly De Rosa, harps
$20 Adults/$10 Students and Seniors
Tickets on sale September 1

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Join the New Houston Harp Ensemble for a joyous program of holiday music! Appetizers and dessert will add to the festive spirit. 


Friday, February 2, 2018
7:30 pm
Brian Zator, Marimba & Jessica McCormack, Soprano

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International marimba soloist Dr. Brian Zator returns, and will be joined by Dr. Jessica McCormack, soprano, who is Assistant Professor of Voice at Indiana University-South Bend.


Friday, March 23, 2018

7:30 pm
The August Winds
Ruth Ann Ritchie, Flute; Natasha Merchant, Oboe;
Marianne Shifrin, Clarinet; Michael Jones, Bassoon;
Jonathan Kuhns, Horn

The August Winds group shot

One of Astraios's founding ensembles! The August Winds have been performing since 2000, when they met as freshmen at Indiana University. 


Our 10th Anniversary Season is Sponsored by 

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:19

DFW Brass Concert

On March 25, Astraios was thrilled to present the DFW Brass at St. Francis of Assisi Church here in Frisco. Adam Miller and Lacey Hays, trumpets, Heather Suchodolski, horn, Jon Hinton, trombone, and Carl Kleinsteuber, tuba, performed works that covered everything from Renaissance fanfares to a country rock ballad. 

Monday, 23 January 2017 23:42

January 2017

Astraios was pleased to test out a new venue, Expedition Frisco, on January 14.

Sunday, 27 November 2016 21:22

November 2016

We were thrilled to feature Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell as the Better Than One Harp Duo on November 13.

Saturday, 08 October 2016 21:22

Patrick Herring

Patrick Herring began playing music at a very early age and hated it with a passion until they let him start hitting things. Since then he has received a Bachelor in Music Education from the University of North Texas and Masters in Percussion Performance from Southern Methodist University.  Music has taken him all around the United States and he has proudly played shows in 40 out of 50 states. He’s looking forward to getting up to New England someday and knocking out a few more of them.

He currently serves as the principal percussionist of the Allen Philharmonic Symphony and plays extra with many local and regional orchestras as well as theater companies and churches and anyone else that needs something hit musically.

Patrick lives in Little Elm with his wife, son and two beagles and in his spare time creates instructional videos on how to play percussion on his website www.patrickherring.com

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 23:41

Emily Mitchell

Emily Mitchell has been heard worldwide as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.  Past performances include Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with Sir James Galway in Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, performances before British Royalty at the King’s Lynn Festival, UK, and performing for First Lady Rosalynn Carter at the White House.

Emily Mitchell enjoyed a 30-year career in New York City where she was Principal Harpist of the Eos Orchestra.  She taught on the faculties of New York University and Purchase College.  Ms. Mitchell toured the United States for Columbia Artists’ Community Concerts for many years.  She relocated to Texas in 2008 and was appointed to the music faculties of Stephen F. Austin State and Sam Houston State Universities.  She performs regularly with Saint Cecilia Chamber Music Society in Houston, chamber music groups Camerata and Coleidoscope at SFA and “Better Than One” harp duo.  Emily Mitchell’s discography includes her Celtic and voice harp recordings and recordings of works by composer and flutist, Gary Schocker.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music with Performer’s Certificate and an Associate of the Royal College of Music, London, Ms. Mitchell won First Prize at the Seventh (1979) International Harp Contest in Jerusalem.  

Sunday, 11 September 2016 01:02

2016-2017 Season

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The White Rock Trio

Ruth Ann Ritchie, Flute
Natasha Merchant, Oboe
Michael Jones, Bassoon

Saturday, June 17, 2017
First United Methodist of Sanger
115 N. 5th Street
Sanger, TX 76266
7:00 pm

Join us for a summer performance as we take our concerts to Sanger!
The White Rock Trio will perform works by
Haydn, Hovhaness, Rondeau and more.  

Free! Reception with the musicians to follow.

Sunday, 26 June 2016 21:15

What is a Professional Artist?

We have recently been having a very interesting discussion here at Astraios HQ. In our current location of Frisco, TX, where the arts scene is truly just beginning, the question has been raised: What is a professional artist? Astraios is proud that we only use professional musicians on our concerts, but what does that actually mean?

Monday, 07 September 2015 22:36

Libby Vanatta

Libby Vanatta, a native of Middle Tennessee, joined the music faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2010 as Instructor of Piano. She currently teaches class piano, piano pedagogy, piano literature, and private piano lessons. An active accompanist in Commerce, Ms. Vanatta has also performed throughout the country at conferences, competitions, and in guest artist recitals. Passionate about chamber music, Ms. Canatta formed Doppio Movimento in 2011 with her Texas A&M University-Commerce colleague, Dr. Luis Sanchez. Ms. Vanatta holds a Bachelor of Science in piano performance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and a Master of Music in piano pedagogy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


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