Introducing Classical Movements’ Choral Escapes, a brand-new touring program for lovers of choral music. Escape to one of four beautiful locations around the United States and spend a week working with a renowned choral conductor on a hand-picked program of music, including several world premieres. With special and close attention to COVID safety, these programs de-emphasize formal performance and are meant to be enjoyed by music lovers as a safe, beautiful, and relaxing way to start singing again. Come join us!
Pioneers, Poets, and Mystics:
Women Composers for Treble Voices, with Kathy Saltzman Romey
July 18-24, 2021: Burlington, Vermont and Lake Placid, New York
Retreat to the peaceful New England lakes with a program of music entirely for soprano and alto voices, with a special emphasis on women composers. Led by Kathy Saltzman Romey, of the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Chorale, and Oregon Bach Festival, this program brings history and current events together. Repertoire spans over the centuries honoring women from all walks of life, including two world premieres.
The two towns of Burlington, Vermont and Lake Placid, New York are known far and wide as peaceful Northern retreats. Cultural highlights include sites of early American history like the Ethan Allen House and the Shelburne Museum, and opportunities for enrichment abound, like summer music performances, hiking and kayaking for those who are interested, and wine-tasting in local vineyards. Relax lakeside in the breathtaking New England summer air, and safely enjoy the company of fellow lovers of choral music.
Songs for Our Time:
Music for Social Justice, with Anton Armstrong
August 1-7, 2021: Charleston, South Carolina
Travel down south to the elegant coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina, and challenge the status quo with a bold and exciting program, conducted by the legendary Anton Armstrong of the St. Olaf Choir. Featuring passionate, cutting-edge works on themes of equity, justice, and strength, this program will challenge, uplift, and move you.
Charleston has a storied and patchwork history. Countless portrayals in media tell a wide range of stories, but to see in person is to experience it fully. Charleston’s cobblestone streets, wide ocean vistas, and famously colorful row homes will charm and entrance you. Walk along the broad, genteel avenues, explore the warm, fertile Low Country surroundings, and catch a glimpse at the other side that the history books may not always tell you about. Classical Movements will work to support Black-owned businesses and highlight the stories not told often enough in this affecting and enlightening itinerary.
Singing from Loss into Hope:
New & Historic Works, with Jeffrey Douma
August 8-14, 2021: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Journey to the culturally rich American Southwest and the iconic city of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Find yourself transported to colonial Latin America with a monumental Requiem Mass by José Maurício Nunes Garcia, a renowned Afro-Brazilian composer of the Classical era, whose piece is often compared to Mozart’s Requiem in its scope and skill. Led by Jeffrey Douma of Yale University, and paired with works by Beethoven, Arianne Abela, and Andrea Ramsey, Nunes Garcia’s work forms the centerpiece of an inspiring program.
Santa Fe is known the world over as a center for the arts. It is visually stunning, with some of the world’s top art galleries as well as a totally unique aesthetic and cultural reputation, heavily influenced by the native populations who still call the area home. Santa Fe is also a great center for classical music. During your stay in Santa Fe, your package price will include entrance to at least one of the fabulous concerts going on at that time in this famously musical city.
Broadway Goes to the Caribbean:
Classics of the Great American Songbook, with Jeanne Kelly
October 24-30, 2021: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Make your Caribbean escape to the breathtaking city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Swing into a jazzy great time with a program of the greatest hits of Broadway and the Great American Songbook like George Gershwin and Cole Porter, led by the inimitable Jeanne Kelly, Founder and Artistic Director of Encore Creativity. Let the easy island breezes relax and refresh you, and enjoy the chance to celebrate live music again.
Just a short plane ride away from many major cities, not to mention being part of the United States, travel to Puerto Rico is as easy as ever, and strict health regulations in the territory have led to a quick resurgence in its tourism industry. San Juan, the capital, is a stunningly preserved colonial city, with historic cobblestone streets to meander along, all with a refreshing ocean breeze and beautifully authentic music and food. Nearby is the world landmark El Yunque National Forest, with breathtaking natural beauty and unique flora and fauna. Get ready to relax and sing again, and our cultural expertise will guide you to a satisfying and, most importantly, FUN musical experience!
About Classical Movements
The premier concert tour company for the world’s great orchestras and choirs, Classical Movements creates meaningful cultural experiences through music in 145 countries. An industry leader for over a quarter-century, Classical Movements organizes more than 60 tours every year, producing some 200 concerts every season. Producer of two international choral festivals—Ihlombe! in South Africa and Serenade! in Washington, D.C.—and the Prague Summer Nights: Young Artists Music Festival, in addition, Classical Movements’ Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program has commissioned over 70 works from Grammy, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize-winning composers. Winner of Americans for the Arts’ BCA10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts Award, since its founding in 1992, as a truly global company, Classical Movements remains committed to facilitating cultural diplomacy across the world—promoting peace through the medium of music.