May 20th, 2017: Two Generations 

Sat, May. 20th, 3 p.m.

Macintosh Theater
University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance
1100 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor, MI

Amy Petrongelli, soprano

Blair Salter, piano

PROGRAM:

Alice Ho, "Selections from City Nights" I. Night in the City, IV. Reach for the Sanity

Kaija Saariaho "Iltarukous from Leino Songs" 

Traditional Appalachian Folk Song as sun by Mrs. Effie Mitchell, "Every Night When the Sun Goes In"

Rebecca Clarke, "The Seal Man" 

Juliana Hall, "Night Dances" I. The Crickets Sang, II. Some Things are Dark, III. Song, IV. Sleep, mourner, sleep!, V. A Spider sewed at night, VI. Sonnet

Intermissions 

Pierre Boulez: Dérive II

Andreas Oeste - Oboe
Eddie Sundra- Clarinet
Daniel Fendrick- Bassoon
Daniel Brottman- Horn
Paula Su- Violin
Erin Napier- Viola
Andrew Bader- Cello
Annie Jeng- Piano
Celia van den Bogert- Harp
Karl Ronnenberg and Griffin Harvey - Percussion

Kevin Fitzgerald, Conductor 

 

April 13th: ÆPEX at Literati

Thursday, Apr. 13th, 7 p.m.
Literati
124 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
$10 Suggested Donation

PERFORMERS:

Megan Ihnen, mezzo-soprano and Michael Hall, viola

PROGRAM:

Mara Gibson, "One Voice" (2016)

Jessica Meyer, "Space in Chains" (2016)

Tony Manfredonia, "Prairie Dawn" (2017, world premiere)

Garrett Schumann, "Folio 1" (2016) and "Folio 2: Typewriter Songs" (2017, world premiere)

January 31st: Chamber Music of Michigan/New York Composers 

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Western Michigan University

Dalton Center Recital Hall
Purchase Tickets online https://wmich.edu/music/events#Janurary and at the door! 

PROGRAM:
This program features chamber works by three Michigan-based composers: Schumann, Giang and Coons as well as New York Based      multi-media composer Kelly Moran. Selections from Pierre Boulez's Douze Notations add historical and stylistic contrast to the program. 

Kelly Moran: Five Pieces for Piano (Celandine, Freesia, Hyacinth, Bloodroot, Limonium)
Pierre Boulez: Selections from Douze Notations  (1945)
JUSTIN SNYDER, PIANO

Garrett Schumann: String Trio (2015) 
Paula Su, Violin
Ryan McDonald, Viola
Josh DeVries, Cello

Baldwin Giang: i want you to be (2016) for solo cello and electronics
Josh DeVries, Cello

Lisa Coons (Professor of Composition, WMU): Music Painted from Memory (2015)
Paula Su, violin
Josh DeVries, cello

 

October 28th: WINDS/BRASS/PIANO

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

Boulez: 12 Notations - Justin Snyder, Piano
Carter: Retracing III - Kevin Fitzgerald, Trumpet
Evan Chambers: Greensilver- Jeffrey Leung and Russel Kerns, saxophones
Karel Husa: Recollections -Merryl Monard, Flute - Andreas Oeste, Oboe - Jackob Lenhardt, clarinet - Daniel Fendrick, bassoon - Mary Garza, horn - Justin Snyder, piano - Kevin Fitzgerald, conductor - 

 

 

 

September 27, 2016: Pushing Boundaries, Hub New Music
Kerry Town Concert House, 8pm
Tickets: $10-25, $5 students

ÆPEX Contemporary Performance will be hosting a mixed chamber ensemble from Boston at the end of September at Kerry Town Concert Hall. Pushing Boundaries is a genre bending concert experience that explores idioms of pop, indie, EDM, and folk music through the lense of composed concert works. It brings audiences inside a world of repertoire that knows no bounds and challenges the notion of a standard chamber music performance.

Program

Judd Greenstein, at the end of a really great day
Nico Muhly, I know where everything is
Kirsten Volness, New Work for Hub New Music
Daniel Wohl, Microfluctuations in Plainchant
Mason Bates, The Life of Birds

Bio: Hailed by the Boston Globe as "elegant and exacting," Hub New Music is a mixed quartet crafting new experiences in 21st century sound. with a unique instrumentation of two wins and two strings, Hub explores a richly diverse palate of newly commissioned and rarely performed works for its non-standard combination. The ensemble's name is inspired by its founding city of Boston, and the notion that a Hub is centered of creativity and innovation.

for their full bio please visit their website at: http://www.hubnewmusic.org/

for tickets visit http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/hub_new_music/

 

September 17, 2016: Strange and Beautiful Music Marathon, New Music Detroit
Wasserman Projects, 3pm
Tickets: $TBD, Approximately 10-$100

ÆPEX Contemporary Performance is excited to open our second season with multiple performances of George Benjamin's epic masterpiece "At First Light". The first performance will be incorporated as part of New Music Detroit's Marathon Concert at the Max M. Fisher Music Center on September 17th!

Along with the Benjamin, Justin Snyder will perform Pierre Boulez's 12 Notation for Solo Piano.

In years past this is a pay what you want event, meaning your ticket will cost between $10, and for $100 you can get the VIP experience. For more information on this event please visit http://www.newmusicdetroit.com 

We will keep this page updated as we receive more information.

APRIL 9, 2016: SIGHT/SOUND
Ann Arbor Art Center, 4pm
Tickets: Free

ÆPEX Contemporary Performance is proud to present SIGHT/SOUND, an immersive concert experience designed in collaboration with the Ann Arbor Art Center to accompany ART NOW: NEW DIRECTIONS IN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY. 

- This is a free, drop-in event - 

The concert's program includes world premieres of Garrett Schumann's Moments, for string trio, and Spencer Arias' InTerLuDes, for solo flute, and will take advantage of the Art Center's unique gallery space to merge patrons' experiences of the music and the visual art.

SIGHT/SOUND will feature performances by ÆPEX Artists Zan Berry, Erin Napier, and Tiffany Kang, as well as flutist Brice Smith of the Sphinx Symphony. The concert's program will be presented three times from 4-6 PM.

MARCH 24, 2016: Flute and Piano Duo, Zach Sheets and Wei-Han Wu
Kerrytown Concert House, 8pm
Tickets 10-25$ 

**Reserve your seat here: http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/zach_sheets_flute_wei-han_wu_piano/

This exciting program includes four WORLD PREMIERES commissioned by Sheets and Wu for their 2016 tour. These new works are from the minds of composers Katherine Balch, Gabriel Bolaños, Ashkan Behzadi and David Clay Mettens. Also featured are pieces by Kaija Saariaho and University of Michigan composition faculty Kristen Kuster. 

MARCH 19, 2016: ÆPEX @ UM Musicology Conference
Hankinson Hall, UM School of Music, 6PM
Free Admission

ÆPEX is thrilled to perform as the featured artists for the UM Society for Music Research's Musicology Conference in honor of scholar and professor emeritus Dr. Glenn Watkins. Dr. Watkins is an internationally recognized scholar on 20th century music, most specifically the neoclassicism of Igor Stravinsky.  Additionally, Dr. Watkins has extensively published research on the choral music of Carlo Gesualdo. This program was designed to reflect his contributions to musicology. We are thrilled at Dr. Glenn Watkins will be present at this performance. 

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 Features Percussionist Chirstopher Sies and Pianist Jeannette Fang  
Trinosophe's 8:30 PM
1464 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

Program
Three world premieres of works for solo percussion by young Americans

Garrett Schumann (www.garrettschumann.com)
Jules Pegram (www.julespegram.com)
Ben Willis (www.benwillis.us)

Unsuk Chin: from Alice in Wonderland- Advice from a Caterpillar for solo bass clarinet (2007) 5’

Oliver Messiaen: Selections from Poems pour Mi for soprano and piano 

Oliver Messiaen: Oiseaux Exotiques (1956) for solo piano, winds, brass and percussion                                

 

Friday, December 7th 8:00PM
First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti
Admission $5.00

- Inaugural Performance -
 

Hans Abrahamsen: Schnee (2008) 57’ 

 

 

 

 

Chris Sies - Percussionist 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeannette Fang - Pianist