Upcoming Events


Amplifying Silenced Voices from Classical Music’s Past

An ÆPEX Anthology event: Friday, October 25 at 7 PM in the first floor lobby at the Ann Arbor District Library Main Branch - learn more on the AADL’s website and on our Anthology Events page


Elizabeth Baker: The Inaugural Marjorie Bruce Holland Artist-In-Residence

Composer and New Renaissance Artist Elizabeth Baker comes to Michigan in March 2020 as the inaugural participant in the Marjorie Bruce Holland Memorial Artist-In-Residence program. Elizabeth will participate in a solo electronics performance and presentation of her chamber music.

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Pianist and Composer Anthony R. Green

An ÆPEX Anthology event: Anthony R. Green joins us in March 2020 for a performance of 19th century solo piano music by black American composers along with the world premiere of his song cycle …all that is good…


Pianist Leah Claiborne

An ÆPEX Anthology event: Leah Claiborne visits Michigan in April 2020 perform 19th and 20th century solo piano music by black women composers, including Amanda Aldridge’s “Three African Dances”, a rare work accessed in the Detroit Public Library’s E. Azalia Hackley Collection for African-Americans in the Performing Arts

About ÆPEX Contemporary Performance

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ÆPEX Contemporary Performance is a nonprofit concert presenting organization whose mission is to share the music of rarely performed and underrepresented twentieth and twenty-first century composers from around the world with audiences across Michigan.

Our Story

ÆPEX Contemporary Performance was founded by composer Garrett Schumann and conductor Kevin Fitzgerald after they noticed the music they wanted to hear was not being programmed on concerts in their area.

Energized by a dream of connecting with audience communities throughout the state of Michigan, and determined to feature composers with diverse identities and overlooked creative outputs, Garrett and Kevin organized ÆPEX’s first performance in Ypsilanti, MI on December 7, 2015.

Since this debut, ÆPEX has produced more than twenty concerts and community music events at venues in Ypsilanti, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Mt. Pleasant. These performances have featured world-class musicians from across Michigan and guest artists from around the country, and have presented works by 85 different composers from four continents.

ÆPEX’s vision is centered around the “Hear Different” ethos, a call to embrace many different contemporary musical styles, to program across genre and instrumentation, to serve our audience communities in innovative ways, and to support composers whose creativity has gone unrecognized by or whose identity has been excluded from the contemporary concert stage.

Connect with ÆPEX

Email: aepexcp@gmail.com

Twitter: aepexcp

Instagram: aepexcp

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