Anne Acker harpsichord joins Atlanta Baroque for Bach Ascending Concert April 23 2023

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.

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Debut concert on commissioned Acker harpsichord with Savannah Baroque

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.

Book Review in JAMIS: Piano Playing Revisited: What Modern Players Can Learn from Period Instruments, by David Breitman

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.

Reviving Nannette Streicher, Part 2: The 1816 piano replica project

The second part of the article about the process of my completing the replica of an 1816 Nannette Streicher fortepiano, begun by my friend and colleague Margaret Hood before her too early passing appeared in the March 22, 2022 issue of The Piano Technicians Journal. 

Reviving Nannette Streicher, Part 1: The 1816 Streicher piano replica project

Published in The Piano Technicians Journal (vol. 65, no. 2, Feb. 2022, pp 15-18):  The first half of an article I wrote about my journey in completing a replica of an 1816 fortepiano by the famed piano builder Nannette Streicher that was begun by a mentor and friend, Margaret Hood, but who sadly passed away too young before its completion.  Interestingly, the veneer of Cuban mahogany comes from a log, gifted to me by a Miami sculptor in my days there, that  I sent to Margaret and that she sawed herself for the veneer.  Now it has come back to me.  The instrument debuted at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2019 and is now part of my personal collection.  

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Goliards Christmas Concert 2021, December 19, 2021

On Dec. 19 in the afternoon, I greatly enjoyed playing positive organ and hurdy gurdy with The Goliards under fearless leader, vielle player and arranger John Hillenbrand, at The Collegiate Church of St. Paul’s, 1802 Abercorn St., Savannah, Georgia to a fine, warm audience on a bleak damp winter afternoon.  The gut strings behaved quite well.  Other performers were Marcy Brenner, gamba,  and singers Mac Fogle, Cuffy Sullivan, Verity Sullivan, and Fiona Sullivan .

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Book Review in JAMIS: WIlliam Hettrick. The American Piano Industry: Episodes in the History of a Great Enterprise

Book review in  Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, vol. XLVII, 2021, pp. 199-202 of William Hettrick. The American Piano Industry: Episodes in the History of a Great Enterprise. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2020. American Music and Musicians Series 8. ISBN 2020910304.

mentioned in New York Times Article “The Woman who Built Beethoven’s Pianos

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.


Article in JAMIS special AMIS at Fifty: “The Right Stuff? Material changes for New and Antique Musical Instruments”

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

Video of Anne performing Bach B Minor Mass on harpsichord

Please enjoy this video of Anne playing the Bach B Minor Mass on an AMD French Single Harpsichord with the Wesley Monumental Choir and orchestra, 2018.