Les Ordinaires, meaning ‘The Ordinaries to the King’, brings to life the grandeur and intimacy of quintessential 18th-century chamber music. Performing on copies of 17th- and 18th-century instruments, the ensemble features the traverso, viola da gamba, and theorbo, which together were known as the Royal Trio. Comprised of leaders in historically informed performance, members perform extensively throughout the United States and collaborate with top period ensembles including Boston Baroque, New York Baroque, Chatham Baroque, Bourbon Baroque, The Vivaldi Project, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Glimmerglass Opera and the Wolf Trap Opera Company. They are sought-after specialists, performing and teaching at festivals including the Savannah Music Festival, the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, the Bloomington Early Music Festival, the Interlochen Arts Camp, and the Texas Music Festival.
Formed in 2013, Les Ordinaires captivates audiences through their intimate connection between performers and music. The group won audience accolades at their début at the Twin Cities Early Music Festival and have delighted audiences in parlour setting concerts at historical sites such as Locust Grove, Lanier Mansion, and Culbertson Mansion, supported by the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Leela Breithaupt, director and traverso, has been lauded for her great dexterity and extraordinary talent; Erica Rubis, viola da gamba, is a sought-after and critically acclaimed continuo player; theorbist David Walker has earned praise for his surety of technique and expressive elegance. Future engagements include La Côte Flûte Festival in Gland, Switzerland and collaborations with soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival.
For more information, visit www.lesordinaires.com.
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