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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-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, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Glimmerglass Opera and the Wolf Trap Opera Company. They are sought after specialists, performing and teaching at festivals including Savannah Music Festival, Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Interlochen Arts Camp, and 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 debut at the Twin Cities Early Music Festival and have delighted audiences in parlor 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 leaving the listener with a wealth of rich sound and melodic intensity” (Norddeutsche Rundschau). Erica Rubis, viola da gamba, is a sought-after continuo player and was praised for her “lovely support” (Jay Harvey Upstage). Theorbist David Walker has earned praise for his “surety of technique and expressive elegance” (Columbus Dispatch). Guest violinist, Allison Edberg Nyquist, has been lauded by The Chicago Sun Times as “impeccable, with unerring intonation and an austere beauty”.
Future engagements include the La Côte Flûte Festival in Gland, Switzerland and collaborations with soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival.
Les Ordinaires brings to life both the grandeur and intimacy of quintessential 18th century chamber music. A Baroque trio of critically acclaimed early music specialists, Les Ordinaires’ musicians Leela Breithaupt on Baroque flute, Erica Rubis on viola da gamba, and David Walker on theorbo weave the intimate expressive timbres into a conversational whole. Inspired by the original French masters of their instruments, Hotteterre, Forqueray, and de Visée, Les Ordinaires delights in finding the depths of human emotion couched within the formal and mannered style of the French Baroque period.