The Vintage Parlor Orchestra is a versatile and talented Grand Rapids based ensemble of local musicians and students dedicated to bringing classical music to new audiences and venues. Taking the masterpieces of the last few centuries out of the concert hall, VPO is actively engaging and performing this music in non-traditional spaces and environments. Our philosophy is that classical music is for everywhere. In practice, we seek to genuinely reflect the social listening habits of the concert going public by marketing and performing as any other genre. Working with members of the community committed to the local music scene, VPO endeavors reintegrate chamber and orchestral repertoire into the breweries, art galleries, living rooms, and the historic buildings of West Michigan.

Special Guest

Folias Duo

The Folias Duo consists of flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron. Folias Duo’s seventeen year flute and guitar collaboration has taken this nomadic husband and wife duo to stages throughout the United States, Europe and South America. They appear annually on concert tours that showcase their fearless approach to performing new co-written compositions for flute and guitar. In addition to their ambitious adventurous touring schedule, Folias Duo has established a reputation as one of the premier flute and guitar performer-composer duos in the recording studio. With seven albums, including their most recent, Delicate Omens (2019) on their own Folias Music label, the duo creates uniquely original classical music which incorporates their love of Argentine tango, South American folk, jazz and world music. In reviews of their recordings, Folias Duo has been praised as, “facile players who draw on tango rhythms and melodies sometimes, at other times they write with a scenic sensitivity” (Fanfare Magazine), and are “daring in self-written music” (American Record Guide).

West Michigan New Music Collective

The West Michigan New Music Collective specializes in performing music written by living composers. The collective has a fluid membership made up of musicians with roots in West Michigan who are passionate about contemporary classical music. Our goal is to program concerts with diverse programs for diverse audiences that reflect our community. We are committed to making our concerts free of charge, in accessible locations where everyone feels comfortable. Come visit us, listen to us, talk with us. We want you to hear new things, and we want you to feel safe and welcome while you do.

The only thing as good as the show? The drink you have after

GRAB A BITE, BEFORE OR AFTER

A few short steps from the Listening Room is One Twenty Three—our neighborly New American Tavern, serving hearty dishes with modern flare.