Minigrant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
We are ecstatic to let you all know that ÆPEX has been awarded a minigrant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to support an April 2018 production of Laura Kaminsky's opera As One at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, MI! ÆPEX is one of only fifteen organizations in our region to receive this kind of funding this year, and we are thrilled and honored to receive such a competitive award.
We would like to thank the community partners and individuals who supported our application, including the Jim Toy Center, Laura Kaminsky, Michael Daugherty, and the Kerrytown Concert House, with whom we will collaborate closely on this production. Kathleen Kelly, a veteran of the Washington National Opera, Vienna State Opera, and Kerrytown Concert House's new Artistic Director, will cast and direct the production, while ÆPEX's very own Kevin Fitzgerald will lead a quartet of ÆPEX artists as Music Director.
Kaminsky's As One has been performed dozens of times across the United States and Europe since its premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2014. Heralded for its dramatic music and remarkable storyline, which depicts a transgender individual's path to self-acceptance, Opera News celebrates 'As One' as, "… a piece that haunts and challenges its audience with questions about identity, authenticity, compassion and the human desire for self-love and peace."
ÆPEX's production of 'As One' will cap our 2017-18 season, which opens on November 27 with a solo recital by violinist Hajnal Pivnick at Literati Bookstore, and will continue in the winter of 2018 with a residency and performance at Kalamazoo College. Visit our concerts page for more information.
In the meantime, follow this link to watch the official promotional video for 'As One', which features musical excerpts and more of the opera's outstanding press reception from past productions!
Award from the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation
We are thrilled to announce the receipt of a $1000 award from the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation to support our new live video streaming initiative ÆPEX Access! This endeavor was conceived to make our programming available to as many music lovers in Michigan and beyond, by broadcasting selected performances on our Facebook page and in communities across Michigan.
The gift from the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation will enable us to purchase equipment we need to apply the ÆPEX Access concept as broadly and creatively as possible. Additionally, this money will support our first performance to feature a live broadcast, which will take place on October 28, 2016 at First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, MI.
Please visit our concerts page and our Facebook Page for more information on future ÆPEX Access events and opportunities to watch our world class performances from the comfort of your own home!
UPDATE (May 30, 2017): We used ÆPEX Access three times during the 2016-17 season, including the inaugural concert in October 2016, our debut performance in Kalamazoo, MI on January 31, 2017 and at our season's final performance on May 20, 2017. All three of these events were streamed using Facebook Live and you can access these videos and revisit our incredible performances at any time on our Facebook Page.
Our January 31, 2017 concert was also simulcast at Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse in Ypsilanti, MI, and an audience of hundreds of Southeast Michigan music lovers gathered there to experience our performance in Kalamazoo in a relaxed, intimate setting. We were thrilled to collaborate with Cultivate, and plan to use ÆPEX Access in this way in the feature.
Additionally, Kevin, Garrett, and Spencer presented about ÆPEX Access and using streaming video in concert presentations at the third annual New Music Gathering, which took place at Bowling Green State University in May 2017.