Anne was pleased to consult and be mentioned by notable writer Patricia Morrisroe in her November 6, 2020 New York times article about Nannette Streicher and her pianos. You can even find a photo of the replica Nannette Streicher piano from 1816 begun by Margaret Hood and completed by Anne.
Anne was very pleased to be invited to contribute to the special American Musical Instrument Society’s 50th anniversary issue resulting in her article “The Right Stuff? Material changes for New and Antique Musical Instruments”, which considers the issues and changes in the materials that go into and even the redefinition of what constitutes a musical instrument, as well as issues of endangered species and restricted toxic components.
Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society: supplement to Volume XLVI: 2020/21
The “In the Wind” regular feature in the February 2021 issue of the The Diapason (February 2021) features the early 19th century piano maker Nannette Streicher, her pianos and Beethoven, and the women who made a replica of an 1816 Streicher grand, begun by Margaret Hood and completed by Anne Acker. Anne was interviewed for the article.
Savannah Baroque Members Anne Acker, harpsichord and Marcy Brenner, viola da gamba and tenor viol will play works by anonymous, Dowland, Kerll, Froberger, Marais,Sweelinck, Bach, and Vivaldi and others, for the inaugural concert of the 2021 Acker harpsichord commissioned by Central United Methodist Church of Florence, SC. In person limited attendance. 265 West Cheves Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501 | p: 843-662-3218 April 17, 2021 Central United Methodist Church 265 West Cheves St. Florence, SC 29501 3 p.m.
“Collections and Collectors: a report on the 40th Anniversary meeting of the Westfield Center for Historic Keyboard Studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music on 23-26 October 2019” published in Harpsichord & Fortepiano, vol. 25, no. (Autumn 2020), Peacock Press, West Yorkshire, UK, pp. 38-39.
Book Review published in the Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, vol. XLVI (2020), 228-232.
Patricio Barbieri. Hydraulic Musical Automata in Italian Villas and other Ingenia 1400-2000. Rome: Gangemi International, 2019, 544 pp. ISBN: 978-88-492-3813-6.
I had the pleasure and duty to take on the completion of Margaret Hood’s unfinished last piano. After all, it is a design by a woman, Nannette Streicher, daughter of the famous piano Viennese maker Andreas Stein, the replica was begun by a woman, so, as I told Margaret’s husband after her too early passing, a woman needs to finish it. I had it playing for its debut at the 2019 Boston Early Music Festival, but have continued to refine it’s workings, and plan to restring it this coming summer with Stephen Birkett’s Historic Music Wire and releather it with historically made leather from Jason Leininger. then look out! I’m practicing my Schubert!
I am delighted to be playing harpsichord and organ continuo for Wesley Monumental Methodist Church’s presentation of Handel’s great work Messiah. Handel’s Messiah Wesley Monumental Methodist Church 429 Abercorn St. Savannah Georgia 31401 Saturday, December 14, 2019 7:30 PM Tickets: $35.00. Available at MessiahSavannah.eventbrite.com or the church office. Experience Handel’s magnificent masterpiece, Messiah, in one of Savannah’s beautiful historic churches: Performed by the Wesley Monumental Choir with Orchestra. Part I: Prophecy of the Coming of a Messiah and Christ’s Nativity Part II: Christ’s Suffering, Death, and Resurrection Part III: Affirmation of Christian Faith and Glimpses of Revelation Dr. Monica Harper Dekle, conductor. Tina William, soprano. Claire Watts, mezzo-soprano. Timothy Miller, tenor. Robert Cantrell, bass. Ticket-price is tax deductible, and all proceeds benefit Wesley’s music program. Tickets are also available from the church office or from any choir member. Reduced price tickets for students with a current ID are available from the church office. (above details clipped and edited from Wesley Monumental’s website)