Back in 2020, I answered an email and then had a long phone conversation with a marvelous award winning children’s book author, Laurie Lawlor answering questions about Nannette Streicher, Beethoven, Nannette’s pianos, my friend Margaret Hood, and Margaret’s last replica of a Streicher piano that I completed.. Much to my surprise, I received an email from Laurie that the book was being published this month and I was in the Author’s Note. She asked for my address so she could send me an advance copy. I was stunned to find an entire page devoted to Margaret and me! The book itself is fantastic! Laurie’s research is up to date and thorough. She amazingly took the wealth of accurate information and made it into a beautifully told book suitable for children with marvelous and period and instrument accurate illustration by Rebecca Statlandler. What Music! The Fifty-Year Friendship Between Beethoven and Nannette Streicher, Who Built His Pianos, for readers age 6 and up, is being released October 23 by Holiday House.
Anne will be presenting a lecture recital at the historic John Marks Verdier House in Beaufort, SC at 3 pm on Nov. 6, 2023. She will be playing the ca. 1826 Robert & William Nunns square piano she restored for Verdier House several years ago. Music featured will be works by English and American composers that are period appropriate to the instrument and the house.
Anne was delighted to be an invited speaker at the amazing conference Sustaining Keyboards, Sept. 15-16, 2023 held at Cornell University, hosted by the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards and the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboards Cornell. She enjoyed being housed in the comfortable guest suite at Bethe House, a student dormitory. Anne’s topic was “It’s a Material World”. The talks were scintillating, the company amazing, and the music sublime, an event to remember!
Anne was delighted to be invited to play a concert with friends and amazing viola da gamba players Marcy Brenner (fellow Savannah Baroque member) and Nantucket native and amazing Mollie Glazer. The performance was held in the lovely sunporch of the Nantucket Community Music Center at 56 Centre St. in the heart of the old town at 7 pm. Works by Bach, Vivaldi, Jacquet, and Marais were played for an enthusiastic audience.
Anne was delighted to join with two viola da gamba professionals; Nantucket resident Mollie Glazer and fellow Savannah Baroque member Marcy Brenner in a concert at the Nantucket Community Music School in the lovely sunporch. Works by Bach, Locke, Jacquet de la Guerre, Boismortier, and Marais were performed. Mollie’s son Isaiah joined in with tambourin in the last couple variations of the Marais Folies d’Espagne.
Anne took great pleasure in playing positive organ and sinfonye in The Minstrels of Albion with The Goliards under the leadership of founder, artistic director, arranger, vielle and rebec player John Hillenbrand along with Marcy Brenner on the tenor viol and singers Emmy Burch and Cuffy Sullivan. The performance was held Sunday, May 28, 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal church, Savannah, Georgia.
The ensemble performed popular songs, dances, hymns and motets from thirteenth and early fourteenth century England.
Anne was invited to play Prelude music for Eastertide Choral Evensong by the highly esteemed music director Steven Branyon at the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church in beautiful downtown Savannah, Georgia on May 7, 2023. She brought along her AMD French single manual harpsichord and fellow Savannah Baroque member Erika Andres with her baroque flute in solos and as a duo.
It was a treat to supply and tune a Flemish double I made some years ago (and is now one of my personal instruments) for the Atlanta Baroque concert under artistic director Julie Andrijeski and guest conductor and violin soloist Evan Few as a highlight of the Bach Ascending series at the beautiful Lutheran Church of the Ascension in downtown Savannah, Georgia on April 23.
Savannah Baroque presented “A Baroque Celebration” featuring the debut of a highly decorated new harpsichord by ensemble member and harpsichord builder Anne Acker on March 7, 2023, 7:30 p.m. in the fantastic acoustic of St. Francis of the Islands, 590 Walthour Rd, Savannah, 31410. The program included joyful, celebratory, and dance inspired works. Along with more familiar names, the program continued the ensemble’s tradition of including works by long neglected brilliant women composers. The harpsichord was commissioned by a client in California so this will be the only chance to hear and see it before it leaves Savannah. Savannah Baroque members Marcy Brenner, viola da gamba and Ann Cafferty, baroque violin joined Anne playing the new harpsichord.
Published Book review by Anne Acker in JAMIS (Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society), vol XLVIII (2022), 293-296
of David Breitman: Piano Playing Revisted: What Modern Players Can Learn From Period Instruments. Eastman Studies in Music Series: Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2021. xxi + 206 pp.; many black and white illus. ISBN:978-1-648-25010-1.