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Baroque on Bull featuring Savannah Baroque

Listen to music from Jane Austen's era! Join members of Savannah Baroque for a live performance of music from Austen's books and personal library on period instruments interspersed with readings and hearing of the importance of music in her writing and life and times. 

This event will take place in the atrium on the second floor. 


About the musicians:

Anne Acker: Anne is a full-time historic keyboard specialist based in Savannah, Georgia and northeastern
Pennsylvania. She has played and recorded with professional choirs, soloists and chamber groups. Performances
venues include the Savannah Music Festival, the Savannah Sinfonietta, the Savannah Childrens Choir at Chicago’s
Orchestra Hall, Wells Cathedral, England and Verona, Italy, the Savannah Philharmonic, the Jackson (Tennessee)
Symphony, chamber orchestras in the Washington, DC area, as harpsichordist/continuo for the Miami Bach Society
Orchestra and as fortepianist at the Boston Early Music Festival. She plays Medieval and Renaissance music on
portative organ, percussion, citole, and hurdy-gurdy with The Goliards and is the founder, artistic director, and
harpsichordist/organist for Savannah Baroque. A consultant, lecturer and regularly published writer about 18 th , 19 th
and 20 st century keyboard instruments of all sorts, she professionally builds, appraises, restores and decorates
harpsichords, clavichords and historic pianos for clients internationally. She regularly exhibits at The Boston Early
Music Festival. As Contributing and Senior Editor for Oxford University Press’s publication of the 2 nd edition of the
Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, she was responsible for all stringed keyboard instrument related entries,
electronics, computers, ‘weird cool stuff’, touch and acoustics and continues to write and edit for Grove Music
Online. She is on the advisory board of the Sigal Music Museum and has served on the boards of the American
Musical Instrument Society and the Historical Keyboard Society of North America. Persistently curious, she is a
collaborating researcher at the Piano Design Lab at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. She lives with a large
assortment of keyboard and other instruments, two Siamese cats and two to three Collies out on Talahi Island and in
the mountains of Pennsylvania where she has recently branched out to learning to play the mountain dulcimer.

Jeana Melilli: Jeana Melilli is both a flutist and musicologist. She is the Principal Flute of Savannah Philharmonic and
Piccolo/Third Flute for the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she has appeared with the
Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Charleston Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and other orchestras
throughout the Southeast. As a Baroque flutist, she is a founding member of Savannah Baroque and the
Vista Ensemble in Columbia, South Carolina.
As a musicologist, Jeana has presented papers on the trio sonatas of J. S. Bach, François Couperin, and
Pietro Locatelli. Her dissertation, "Re-examining the Dismissed: Cecilia Macca and Nineteenth-Century
Sicilian Sacred Music" reveals the forgotten compositions of Cecilia Macca, a nun from Noto, Sicily. Her
twenty+ manuscripts are preserved within the manuscript collection of her teacher, the Neapolitan
composer Paolo Altieri, and reflect the musical tradition of Naples alongside the popular operatic idioms
of the island of Sicily.

Tina Zenker Williams: Soprano Tina Zenker Williams has been praised for her "infectious melisma passages" and
her "beautifully etched voice" (Tampa Bay Tribune).  Recent solo engagements have included Mozart's Requiem,
Haydn's Creation, J. S. Bach's Wedding Cantata BWV 202, and Handel's Messiah.  She has sung with the Florida
Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the Savannah Philharmonic.  She has also performed recitals for
the Savannah Music Festival, including an all-American program, and an all-Baroque program.  Her debut
performance was with the Florida Orchestra singing Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. Equally at home with music from
the Renaissance to the 21st century, Tina enjoys collaborating with chamber groups and small vocal ensembles.  She
has worked with Catawba River Baroque, the Goliards, the Somerville consort, and is a founding member of
Savannah Baroque.
As a professional chorister, Tina has sung with the Charleston based Taylor Festival Choir, and is a featured soloist
on two CDs, including the Celtic Mass by Michael McGlynn, and Sing We Now Of Christmas.  Tina did graduate
work at the Peabody Institute and earned a Master of Music degree from Georgia Southern University.   She
maintains an active voice studio of teenagers and young adults and is the cantor for the weekly office of Compline at
Christ Church Anglican in Savannah, Georgia.

Saturday, March 23, 2024
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Bull Street Library Auditorium
Bull Street Library
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