Moondrunk Madness: A Duo of Monodramas

September 7 at 7:30PM & September 8 at 7:30PM
Riverside Arts Center (76 N Huron St., Ypsilanti)
Performed in German and English with supertitles

Supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by The Arts Alliance.

Tickets starting at $10!

Students: Pay what you can at the door! Must have valid photo school ID.

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AOT in collaboration with ÆPEX Contemporary Performance present Moondrunk Madness, a duo of monodramas featuring Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King. Strange works—for their content and music—are tamed by an intimate theatrical experience, a nuanced contemporary translation, and a captivating staged exchange between clown and king as they traverse the space between poetic genius and madness.

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AMY PETRONGELLI | Pierrot the Sad Clown

Amy Petrongelli, who sings Pierrot, has been hailed by the New York Times for her "admirable fluidity," and joins Baylor University's music faculty as an Assistant Professor of Voice in Fall 2018. Recent performances include the Faure Requiem and Margie in the world premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s opera Some Light Emerges with the Houston Grand Opera. An advocate for contemporary music, Amy has appeared with ÆPEX Contemporary Performance and helped to found the contemporary music ensemble Khemia Ensemble, with whom she has toured South America and the Midwest to promote the music of underrepresented composers. Also a passionate educator, she has been on the faculty of Penn State University and received her DMA in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan.

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Daniel Brottman is a young conductor, horn player, and pianist hailing from Palatine, Illinois. He has performed with a variety of ensembles internationally, recently including the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. He also currently serves as pianist and hornist for the North Carolina-based new music ensemble earspace. As a conductor, he has performed with several new music ensembles, including the Zafa Collective and at the Bang on a Can summer festival. Daniel begins his tenure as co-music director of the Ann Arbor Camerata this season. At the Eastman School of Music, Daniel also studied composition, where his work received the Belle S. Gitelman Award from faculty members. Performances of his music have been given by The Rest is Noise ensemble, Ossia New Music, Fifth House Ensemble, and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Daniel holds degrees in horn performance from the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University. He is currently a graduate student in conducting at the University of Michigan, studying under Kenneth Kiesler.



A native of Buffalo, NY, Teagan Faran is a multidisciplinary musician focused on enacting social change through the arts. She has recorded with the Buffalo Tango Orkestra, had compositions featured at the NYSSMA Conference and the Persis Vehar Competition for Excellence, and works closely with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, MI. Faran has recently served as concertmaster of the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Camerata (AAC).

As a soloist, Faran has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra (including a performance in Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy), the AAC, the Williamsville East Symphonic Orchestra, and the University of Vermont Symphony. Administratively, she worked as the AAC’s executive director for a season, and held internship positions in the Marketing and Education Departments of the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Education and Concerts/Touring with Jazz at Lincoln Center.  Having recently graduated from the University of Michigan, Faran is currently based in Ann Arbor, MI where she directs the performance arts ensemble Red Shoe Company.  Beginning in the winter of 2019, she will research music and community togetherness in Argentina through the Fulbright Program.  Teagan is also proud to be a 2018/19 Lumos Fellow at Turn the Spotlight, a foundation empowering leaders to create a more equitable future in the arts.



Dr. Merryl Neille recently graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, where she was doctoral assistant to Amy Porter. Merryl is a versatile musician, as a performer and teacher of core classical solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire, early music, electronic music and new music. A member of the Emblems Quintet and the Four Corners Ensemble and a regular player for ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, Merryl is an advocate of performing works by living and marginalized composers. She has appeared in concert with ICE and other leaders in new music. Formerly principal flutist of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Merryl enjoys a successful and busy schedule as a freelance professional flautist in orchestras and ensembles both in South Africa and in the USA. She currently plays with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and lectures flute,  music history and aural skills at Jackson College and Adrian Colleges in Michigan.



Annie Jeng is a versatile pianist, educator, and collaborator originally from Washington D.C. who has has performed at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, New York's Tenri Cultural Center, and internationally in Spain and Italy. She has also performed with the Ann Arbor Symphony and collaborated with ensembles such as Yarn/Wire and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Annie has participated in New Music on the Point, Nief Norf Summer Festival for Contemporary Music, the Gijon International Piano Festival, and the Amalfi Coast Piano Festival. Annie currently teaches at the Schoolcraft College Piano Academy in Livonia, Michigan and the Faber Music Institute in Ann Arbor, MI. In the past two summers, she has been the Artist Fellow of the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy. Annie strives to make music accessible to audiences of all backgrounds by performing in alternative venues and focusing on audience engagement. During her undergraduate studies at New York University, Annie was awarded the Presser Award for starting the music series, "Music with a Vue," at Bellevue Hospital to bring music to patients, workers, and visitors of the hospital. Her most recent project, "Music by the Barrel," challenged the traditional concert experience by hosting an interactive music series at the local Ann Arbor Distilling Company. This past summer, she also worked on a project that brought the joy of music-making and storytelling to residents at Beyond Homeless in Greencastle, Indiana.Annie received a Bachelor's in Music (BM) and a minor in Public Health from New York University where she studied with Anne-Marie McDermott, Miyoko Lotto, and Dr. Jose Ramon Mendez. She completed her Masters in Music (MM) at the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with Dr. Logan Skelton. As a pedagogue and a strong supporter of performing works by living composers, Annie received the 2018 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to create a pedagogical resource that will introduce contemporary works and unconventional piano techniques to early and intermediate piano students. She is also a member of the piano and percussion duo, Back Pocket Duo with Colin McCall.

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John Daugherty, who interprets the fiendishly difficult, five-octave+ role of George III in Moondrunk Madness this September, is originally from northern New Mexico. He received his bachelor’s from Texas Tech University and his master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan, where he recently completed his doctorate in music. While at U of M, John performed the roles of Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Mercutio in Roméo et Julietteand Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro. A frequent recitalist, John has performed as a guest soloist for the Detroit Symphony’s Tchaikovsky festival, with Chamber Music at the Scarab Club, and for Michigan Opera Theater’s concert series.


ÆPEX Contemporary Performance presents the music of rarely performed and underrepresented composers from around the world. ÆPEX's programming provides audiences in Michigan the opportunity to interact with the ever-broadening universe of twentieth and twenty-first century musical expression. Additionally, the artists ÆPEX presents demonstrate unique ability and expertise in their performances of our exclusive programming. ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, under the guidance of music director Kevin Fitzgerald and executive director Garrett Schumann, was founded with the belief that anyone can be inspired by this dynamic world of music if they have the chance to experience it.



Jeremy Crosmer is a remarkable young artist—both as a cellist and a composer. He completed multiple graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in cello, composition and theory pedagogy, and received his D.M.A. in 2012 at age 24. From 2012 to 2017 he served as the Assistant Principal cellist in the Grand Rapids Symphony, and joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in May of 2017. Jeremy is the composer and arranger for the GRS Music for Health Initiative, which pairs symphonic musicians with music therapists to bring classical music to hospitals. In March of 2017 the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital launched a music channel that runs continuously, using four hours of meditative music composed by Jeremy and performed by musicians of the GRS. Jeremy is a founding member of the modern music ensemble Latitude 49. He is also a current member of the band ESME—a string duo that brings mashups of pop and classical music to schools throughout Michigan. ESME released its first CD in December of 2016. While still in school, Jeremy was awarded the prestigious Theodore Presser Graduate Music Award to publish, record and perform his Crosmer-Popper duets. He recorded the duets with Julie Albers, and both sheet music and CD recordings are available online. Jeremy has taught music theory, pre-calculus and cello at universities across Michigan, and is currently Professor of Cello at Oakland University in Auburn Hills. He draws mazes, writes science fiction and plays good old country fiddle in his spare time.


DANNY MUI | Clarinet

Danny Mui is the Principal Clarinet of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and 3rd/Utility Clarinet of Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Western Michigan University, a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Northwestern University, and a Specialist Degree in Clarinet Performance from University of Michigan. He was a Silver Medalist of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, 2nd Place Winner of the Nancy and Dale Briggs Chamber Music Competition, Winner of the 2016 American Opera Society of Chicago Competition, 1st place in the 2015 Chicago Chamber Winds Competition, 1st place in the 2014 National Arts and Letters Mid- Michigan Wind Competition, Winner of the 2014 Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition, was the 2013 Clarinet Winner of the Yamaha Performing Artist Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the 2013 ICA Young Artist Competition. An active chamber musician, Danny was a member of the wind quintet “Wind Advisory” which was part of a project entitled “Musica sin Fronteras” (Music without Borders). This collaboration between WMU and the Escuela Nacional de Musica (Honduras) sent the WMU faculty quintet and Wind Advisory on a five-day residency of performances and teaching in Honduras. He has performed with Grand Rapids Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Dearborn Symphony.


COLIN MCCALL | Percussion

Colin McCall is a young percussionist, collaborator, and composer currently based out of Ann Arbor, MI. His goal as a musician is to find ways to present both complex and accessible percussion music in mediums which connect with audiences on a basic, human level. Through use of audience participation, original compositions, and multimedia components, he strives to develop a fresh and engaging performance style. Colin has seen success in several competitions, most recently being named the winner of both the Black Swamp Multi Percussion Competition and the Atlanta Symphony Modern Snare Drum Competition. He also participated in the renowned TROMP International Percussion Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the Northwestern Percussion Competition. As a collaborator, Colin has partnered with the Virginia Technical University Percussion Ensemble, Harvard Ballet Company, University of Missouri Percussion Ensemble, and Chautauqua Institution Theatre Company. Colin is currently pursuing his DMA in percussion performance at the University of Michigan, where he previously completed a master's degree under the tutelage of Joseph Gramley and Jonathan Ovalle. He holds a bachelor's degree in music performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Michael Burritt. Colin proudly endorses the products of Innovative Percussion and Remo drumheads.

Note: Moondrunk Madness is recommended for ages 13+, as there is pantomimed aggression (non-violent) and some poetic references to adult content.