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The Dark Sky Project Presented by ÆPEX Contemporary Performance

We welcome our friends from ÆPEX Contemporary Performance back to our space, for a special concert performance to close their fourth season. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. 

About the program: 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.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
124 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104