The Dark Sky Project

May 22, 2019

Literati Boosktore, Ann Arbor - 7 PM

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ÆPEX Contemporary Performance closes its fourth season with the enthralling "Dark Sky Project", a concert featuring award-winning vocal soloists Megan Ihnen and Hillary LaBonte delivering the world premieres of new works for voice and string quartet by leading American composers Tina Tallon, Frances Pollock, and Ann Arbor-native Stephanie Ann Boyd.

The performance is at 7 PM on Wednesday, May 22 in the upstairs space at Literati bookstore - the concert is free and open to public, with a $10 suggested donation.

The Dark Sky Project is a commissioning initiative conceived by Michigan-based composer Griffin Candey, and its aim is to reawaken, reassess, and amplify the voices of overlooked characters in classic literature — specifically, in this first round, several female characters in the works for William Shakespeare.

Through new settings of the original Shakespeare texts paired with settings of new poems in response, our three composers aim to give a deeper dive into the characters that are often glossed over alongside the tragic or heroic (and inevitably male) protagonists of these oft-examined plays.

ÆPEX Contemporary Performance is a 501c3, nonprofit concert presenting organization with the mission of sharing music by rarely performed and underrepresented twentieth and twenty-first century composers from around with the world with audiences across Michigan.

Since our debut in December 2015, ÆPEX has programmed music by more than 80 different composers at more than 25 concerts and community music events in Ypsilanti, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Mt. Pleasant.

This concert will mark Megan Ihnen's second performance with ÆPEX, her first since April 2017, and Hillary LaBonte's debut on our concert series. Megan and Hillary will be joined by violinists Dana Johnson and Janet Lyu, violist Caleb Georges, cellist Joshua DeVries, and conductor Daniel Brottman.

ÆPEX Residency at Central Michigan University

March 30 and 31, 2019

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On March 30 and 31, ÆPEX Contemporary Performance will be in residency at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI to perform and record composer Evan Ware’s two chamber symphonies The Quietest of Whispers and Symphony No. 2, which features soprano Amy Petrongelli as a soloist.

The residency will consist of performance and arts entrepreneurship masterclasses with CMU music students, along with a reading session of student compositions before the final concert on Sunday, March 31 featuring the world premiere of Ware’s Symphony No. 2.

ÆPEX Contemporary Performance is a 501c3, nonprofit concert presenting organization with the mission of sharing music by rarely performed and underrepresented twentieth and twenty-first century composers from around with the world with audiences across Michigan.

Since our debut in December 2015, ÆPEX has programmed music by more than 80 different composers at more than 25 concerts and community music events in Ypsilanti, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Mt. Pleasant.

This concert will mark Amy Petrongelli’s third performance with ÆPEX, and her second this season.

Pantomime

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November 29, 2019

Boatyard Brewing Company, Kalamazoo

On November 29, ÆPEX Contemporary Performance returns to Kalamazoo for the third time to share “Pantomime”, and evening of exciting, mysterious, and unique twenty-first century chamber music set in Boatyard Brewing Company’s relaxed and charming brewery space.

Featuring a world class ensemble under the direction of ÆPEX’s esteemed music director, conductor Kevin Fitzgerald, the evening’s program includes music by beloved Kalamazoo-based composers Adam Schumaker and Christopher Biggs, LA-based composer Sarah Gibson, and the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by award-winning composer, and Michigan native, Nina Shekhar.

ÆPEX Contemporary Performance is a nonprofit concert presenting organization dedicated to bringing the music of rarely performed and underrepresented twentieth and twenty-first century composers from around the world to audiences across Michigan. Now in the midst of our fourth season, ÆPEX has presented nineteen performances in Ypsilanti, Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Kalamazoo since debuting in December 2015.

The performance begins at 6:30 PM on Thursday, November 29 at Boatyard Brewing Company in Kalamazoo, MI, and we are inviting attendees to pay what they can. This event is made possible through the generous support of the Kalamazoo Artistic Development Initiative grant through the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Boatyard Brewing Company, and ÆPEX Contemporary Performance donors.

Moondrunk Madness with Arbor Opera Theater

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September 7 and 8, 2018

Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti

ÆPEX Contemporary Performance and Arbor Opera Theater present Moondrunk Madness, a duo of monodramas featuring Arnold Schoenberg’s "Pierrot Lunaire" and Peter Maxwell Davies’ "Eight Songs for a Mad King." Strange works—for their content and music—are tamed by an intimate theatrical experience, a nuanced contemporary translation, and a captivating staged exchange between clown and king as they traverse the space between poetic genius and madness.

Supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by The Arts Alliance. Moondrunk Madness is recommended for ages 13+, as there is pantomimed aggression (non-violent) and some poetic references to adult content.

ÆPEX Contemporary Performance is a 501c3, nonprofit concert presenting organization with the mission of sharing music by rarely performed and underrepresented twentieth and twenty-first century composers from around with the world with audiences across Michigan.

Since our debut in December 2015, ÆPEX has programmed music by more than 80 different composers at more than 25 concerts and community music events in Ypsilanti, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Mt. Pleasant.

Our 2017-18 Season!

April 6 and 7, 2018

ÆPEX Presents: As One at Kerrytown Concert House

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AS ONE
Music and concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
Film by Kimberly Reed

ÆPEX Contemporary Performance's third season will culminate with a performance at Ann Arbor's beloved Kerrytown Concert House of the renowned chamber opera As One, by American composer Laura Kaminsky, librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, with film by Ms. Reed. This performance will be directed by Kerrytown Concert House's Artistic Director Kathleen Kelly, who is a veteran of the Vienna State Opera, Washington National Opera, and many other renowned opera houses across the world.

A shared creation of Kaminsky, librettist Mark Campbell and film maker Kimberly Reed, 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 story-line, 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."

Starring soprano Jennifer Cresswell and baritone Jonathan Lasch, this intimate production of "As One" is the first to bring the opera's depiction of a transgender individual's path to self-acceptance to the stage in Ann Arbor.Hailed by The Los Angeles Times as, "a deeply human story", the opera is based on librettist and filmmaker Kimberly Reed's life, and features Reed's compelling, abstract film as the backdrop to its storytelling.

Following each night's performance, ÆPEX Contemporary Performance will lead a short talk-back session with the audience featuring composer Laura Kaminsky, on Friday April 6, as well as members of the production and informational literature created by trans librettist Aiden Feltkamp and the University of Michigan's Spectrum Center.

This production, including composer Laura Kaminsky's residency in Ann Arbor, is made possible through the support of the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, our regional regranting organization the Arts Council, the University of Michigan Spectrum Center, the University of Michigan EXCEL Lab and Career Center, and the University of Michigan Music Composition Department. Our other community partners include The Jim Toy Community Center, Aut Bar, and the University of Michigan Residential College.

Tickets for both performances can be reserved here, on Kerrytown Concert House's website.

February 3, 2018

Something To Hunt

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ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, Adam Schumaker, and the Kalamazoo College Department of Music present an evening of new contemporary music by diverse, living composers.

The music of Edgar Barroso, Ashley Fure, Cassandra Kaczor, Adam Schumaker, and Matthew Evan Taylor will be performed. The feature piece will be "Something to Hunt" by Ashley Fure. Live streaming of the concert will be provided thanks to Public Media Network and the Kalamazoo Artistic Development Initiative Immediate Needs Grant of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.
 

 

November 27, 2017

ÆPEX Presents: String Of Words

Violinist Hajnal Pivnick and poet Adina Schoem

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Violinist Hajnal Pivnick

Literati Bookstore, 7 PM                                                                                                                124 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor                                                  $10 Suggested Donation

ÆPEX Contemporary Performance is excited to open its third season by bringing Hungarian-American violinist Hajnal Pivnick to Ann Arbor's beloved Literati Bookstore.

Based in New York City, Pivnick will make her Ann Arbor debut with a solo program featuring internationally recognized composers Georg Friedrich Haas, Peter Eövös, Chrysanthe Tan, Kaija Saariaho, and Anahita Abbasi alongside poetry readings by local award-winning poet Adina Schoem (Midwestern Gothic, Palooka Press) and graduate students at the University of Michigan.

Pivnick's performance will also feature an improvisation, which will accompany one of Schoem's readings. This offering will expose concertgoers to the intimacy of musical creation, as Pivnick's extemporaneous composition will be inspired by Schoem's poem and tailored to the concert's unique atmosphere.

You do not want to miss this special interdisciplinary presentation that brings local and national artists together in one of Ann Arbor's most iconic cultural spaces!

 

Listen to an exclusive interview about this concert with Hajnal Pivnick and ÆPEX's President, Garrett Schumann, below!

 

 

 

2016-17 Season

May 20th, 2017:

ÆPEX Presents: Two Generations, Featuring Amy Petrongelli and Blair Salter

Macintosh Theater, 3 PM - Ann Arbor
 

April 13, 2017

ÆPEX Presents: Megan Ihnen and Michael Hall at Literati Bookstore

Literati Bookstore, 7 PM - Ann Arbor

January 31, 2017

ÆPEX @ Western Michigan University

Dalton Recital Hall, 8 PM - Kalamazoo

October 28, 2016

ÆPEX Presents: WINDS/BRASS/PIANO

First United Methodist Church
120 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

September 27, 2016:

ÆPEX Presents: HUB New Music

Kerrytown Concert House, 8 PM - Ann Arbor

September 17, 2016:

ÆPEX @ Strange and Beautiful Music Marathon

Wasserman Projects, 3 PM - Detroit

PROGRAM

Pierre Boulez: 12 Notations for Piano (1945)

George Benjamin: At First Light (1982)

 

2015-16 Season:

APRIL 9, 2016

ÆPEX Presents: SIGHT/SOUND

Ann Arbor Art Center, 4 PM - Ann Arbor

Followed by sound system takeover at The Beer Grotto - Ann Arbor

MARCH 24, 2016:

ÆPEX Presents: Flute and Piano Duo, Zach Sheets and Wei-Han Wu

Kerrytown Concert House, 8 PM - Ann Arbor

MARCH 19, 2016:

ÆPEX @ UM Musicology Conference

Hankinson Hall, UM School of Music, 6 PM - Ann Arbor

PROGRAM

Carlo Gesualdo: Choral Selections
Christopher Sherwood Gabrielson: WORLD PREMIERE, Commissioned in honor of Glenn Watkins
Igor Stravinsky: Concerto in E flat, "Dumbarton Oaks" 
 

FEBRUARY 14th 2016:  

ÆPEX Presents: Percussionist Chirstopher Sies and Pianist Jeannette Fang

Trinosophes, 8:30 PM - Detroit

 

 

December 7 2015

Inaugural Concert

First Presbyterian Church, 8 PM - Ypsilanti

PROGRAM

Hans Abrahamsen: Schnee (2008)

 

 

 

 

Chris Sies - Percussionist 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeannette Fang - Pianist