Announcing our 2017-18 Season!


November 27, 2017

ÆPEX Presents: String Of Words

Violinist Hajnal Pivnick and poet Adina Schoem

Violinist Hajnal Pivnick

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!


Winter 2018

ÆPEX @ Kalamazoo College

ÆPEX Contemporary Performance will make its return to Kalamazoo, MI this winter, as Music Director Kevin Fitzgerald leads the ÆPEX Ensemble in a program of chamber and solo works by composers Edgar Barroso, Ashley Fure, Cassandra Kaczor, Adam Schumaker, and Matthew Evan Taylor.

This performance will also involve a residency with the Kalamazoo College Music Department, wherein Executive Director Garrett Schumann and Music Director Garrett Schumann will present to music entrepreneurship classes and hold open rehearsals with Kalamazoo College students.

Please stay tuned to this page for more information about this performance's date, time, program, and ticketing.

April 2018

ÆPEX Presents: As One, a Chamber Opera at Kerrytown Concert House

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. ReedThis performance is made possible by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and 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."

Music Director Kevin Fitzgerald will lead an ensemble of Michigan-based vocalists and instrumentalists in a multimedia production that includes compelling video projections by transgender filmmaker, and As One's co-librettist, Kimberly Reed. This special performance event also features partnerships with the Jim Toy Community Center and other Ann Arbor organizations, who will help us produce variety of supplemental community events designed to spark conversation about and facilitate engagement with As One's core themes.

Please stay tuned to this page for more information about the production's performances dates and ticketing.


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


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


Pierre Boulez: 12 Notations for Piano (1945)

George Benjamin: At First Light (1982)


2015-16 Season:

APRIL 9, 2016


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


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


Hans Abrahamsen: Schnee (2008)





Chris Sies - Percussionist 






Jeannette Fang - Pianist