The Boston Early Music Festival kicked off last week, bringing the sweet sound of orchestral music from the best performers from Boston to New York. With Robert Mealy at the head, the performances rendered were a spectacular affair that, hopefully, will only be rivaled by next years performances.
What most struck a visitor to the biennial Boston Early Music Festival last week, after many years away, was the strength of the home team. It used to be that most star attractions came from abroad, and many still do, this year including Hespèrion XXI, led by that brightest of stars, Jordi Savall.
But the resident Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra has now risen to star status itself, with Robert Mealy as concertmaster. Mr. Mealy seems to foster excellence wherever he goes, whether he’s at Trinity Wall Street in New York, as concertmaster of the Trinity Baroque Orchestra; at Yale, as director of the Yale Baroque Ensemble; or at the Juilliard School, as director of the historical performance program.