Press Release


Boston Early Music Festival and GBH present Baroque Christmas masterpieces in a free, streaming video concert on IDAGIO


ARTIST: BEMF Vocal & Chamber Ensembles
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster

Amanda Forsythe, Danielle Reutter-Harrah & Teresa Wakim, soprano; Nathan Medley, countertenor; Aaron Sheehan, tenor; Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Douglas Williams, bass-baritone

Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts, Sarah Darling & Jesse Irons, violin I; Johanna Novom, Katherine Winterstein & Emily Dahl Irons, violin II; Laura Jeppesen & Anna Griffis, viola; Phoebe Carrai & Andrew Koutroubas, violoncello; Doug Balliett, double bass; Michael Sponseller, harpsichord & organ; Maxine Eilander, Baroque harp; Paul O’Dette, archlute; Stephen Stubbs, chitarrone & Baroque guitar


Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 7pm (ET)
Recorded at GBH Fraser Performance Studio, Boston, MA

Streaming at
Available until March 7, 2022

PROGRAM:Baroque Christmas: Music of Corelli and Stradella
Alessandro Stradella: Si apra al riso ogni labro
Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8 (Christmas Concerto)
Stradella: Ah! troppo è ver
TICKETS:Tickets are FREE! A free IDAGIO account is required to watch the concert.

Join the GRAMMY-winning Boston Early Music Festival for a holiday program showcasing masterworks from the Italian Baroque by Arcangelo Corelli and Alessandro Stradella. Acclaimed Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs and Concertmaster Robert Mealy lead the all-star BEMF Vocal & Chamber Ensembles in two Christmas cantatas by Stradella alongside Corelli’s cherished Christmas Concerto. Infamously assassinated when he was just 42, Stradella led a life filled with personal scandals and professional triumphs. He wrote more than 170 cantatas and originated the concerto grosso form made famous by Corelli and Handel. Stradella’s two cantatas written for Christmastime are exquisite and richly colorful works, here performed by a magnificent cast of singers, including GRAMMY-winning tenor Aaron Sheehan, GRAMMY-nominees Teresa Wakim, soprano, and Jesse Blumberg, baritone, as well as beloved sopranos Amanda Forsythe and Danielle Reutter-Harrah, countertenor Nathan Medley, and bass-baritone Douglas Williams.

The concert is presented in partnership with GBH and recorded at the GBH Fraser Performance Studio in Boston and hosted by Brian McCreath, of Boston's 24/7 classical public radio station, CRB Classical 99.5, a part of GBH. The Boston Early Music Festival and GBH are joining to present this program for free on IDAGIO, the world’s leading streaming service for classical music.

Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, BEMF offers diverse programs and activities, including one GRAMMY Award–winning and five GRAMMY Award–nominated opera recordings, an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the Boston and New York concert stages, and a biennial weeklong Festival and Exhibition recognized as the “world’s leading festival of early music” (The Times, London). The 22nd Boston Early Music Festival, A Celebration of Women, will take place June 4–11, 2023, and will feature the North American premiere of Henry Demarest’s Circé. BEMF’s Artistic Leadership includes Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, Orchestra Director Robert Mealy, and Dance Director Melinda Sullivan.

The Boston Early Music Festival is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Constellation Charitable Foundation, and CRB Classical Radio Boston, as well as a number of generous foundations and individuals from around the world.

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