La Cetra d'Orfeo
ancient music ensemble
Created by Michel Keustermans, the Cetra d’Orfeo (The Lyre of Orpheus) is an ancient music ensemble whose originality resides in their programmes and the lively manner in which they are presented to the public, making the music accessible to all. This ensemble has been recognized as an official cultural player of the French Community of Belgium. It is composed of a loyal group of artists specialised in interpretations of works from the 15th to the 18th century. The ongoing renewal of their essentially eclectic programming leads the group to be invited regularly to many festivals of Belgium, France, Italy, England, Germany, Luxemburg, Spain, Austria, Turkey, India, and North and South America. As well as the traditional baroque music, their concerts and shows focus on different sets of themes that often bring together several artistic disciplines: shows that involves dancers with the choreographer Lieven Baert, actors, jugglers, puppeteers, poetry, painting, illustrations drawn as a live performance. In 2012, they were invited to play for the official visit of Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde in Istanbul. During the year 2013, La Cetra d'Orfeo has been invited by Edificio at the Solvay Library for 23 concerts, under the Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. In November 2014, they are invited for the 20th Istanbul Baroque Festival, in a programme with European and Ottoman baroque music and dance. 2015, concerts at the Baroque Festival in Cluj (Romania); concerts in Brussels (La Tricoterie, Midis-Minimes). 2017, creation of « Orient-Express » new project mixing baroque music and traditionnal music from Turkey and the Balkans. Concerts in France. Concert at the castle of Rundale (Latvia) ; Water-Music & Firework Music by Haendel in a setting made by Rota das Artes, Lisbonne. The last profane cantatas byTelemann at the Philharmonique du Théâtre Royal de Namur. 2018 : Festival of Budapest, Concerts in Belgium (Brussels, Wallonia, Flanders) and France. 2019 : Festi Vita, special festival for the 25th anniversary of La Cetra d’Orfeo in Brussels (bibliothèque Solvay and Concert Noble (in progress).
2020 : Re-creation of a baroque opera in walloon by Jean-Noël Hamal « Li Voyèdge di Choffontaine »