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. ReedThis 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

 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!

 

 

 

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