Baroque Christmas

2021–2022 Season

BEMF Vocal & Chamber Ensembles

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster

Streaming at IDAGIO's Global Concert Hall

Available until Monday, March 7, 2022.


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Baroque Christmas: Music of Corelli and Stradella

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 43, the roguish 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.

This concert is generously sponsored by Ann and Graham Gund

BEMF Vocal Ensemble members

The choral singing and instrumental playing are immaculate.”


Program Book


Alessandro Stradella: Ah troppo è ver
Alessandro Stradella: Si apra al riso ogni labro
Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8 (Christmas Concerto)


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

BEMF Chamber Ensemble
Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts, Sarah Darling & Jesse Irons, violin I
Johanna Novom, Katherine Winterstein & Emily Dahl, 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, theorbo
Stephen Stubbs, theorbo & Baroque guitar