Approximately 75% of all Classical Movements’ concert tours include collaborative workshops and performances with local ensembles, resulting in more than 1,000 distinct musical exchanges thus far. Our most meaningful dialogues typically include social activities, too, forging untold numbers of lifelong friendships. From Abu Dhabi to Zimbabwe, Classical Movements’ unique range of destinations—145 countries across six continents, and still growing—offers orchestral and choral clients myriad opportunities to fully experience exotic cultures from those far corners of our globe that aren’t usually associated with either orchestra or choir touring, while at the same time, bringing clients’ own culture to the places they’re visiting, allowing for the best of both countries to be exchanged.

  • Side-by-side concerts and workshops with the touring ensemble and ensembles from the host country
  • Shared performances, meals and other cultural events with collaborating artists

Exchanges Spotlights

Minnesota Orchestra in Cuba

Be it charter flights, instrument transportation, visa acquisition, concert booking and promotion or securing educational, outreach and exchange opportunities, Classical Movements was directly involved in every single aspect of the Minnesota Orchestra’s historic 2015 tour of Cuba. Minnesota’s first tour to the island nation in 85 years (and the first major American orchestra to perform on the “Pearl of the Antilles” in over 15 years), this landmark tour featured several life-changing exchanges—for both Cuban student musicians, as well as the pros from Minneapolis. At the Escuela Nacional de Música, Cuba’s national music high school, Minnesota Orchestra strings, winds, brass and percussion conducted masterclasses, coached chamber groups and performed side-by-side in a special, two-hour concert.

Colburn Children on Iberian

The Colburn Children’s Choir’s 2016 Iberian tour (their third with Classical Movements) was highlighted by three workshops and concerts with Spanish youth choruses in Seville, Granada and Madrid. Perhaps the most successful of these was in Seville, where CCC’s full day with Coro Meridianos, a choir of children from surrounding at-risk neighborhoods, started off with some sightseeing, broke briefly for a delicious group lunch and ended with a sold-out performance—all well-documented by Sevillanos print, TV and online media.

Brazilian Samba Schools

As a specialist in orchestra and choir tours to Brazil since 1997, Classical Movements has arranged visits to many of the country’s most famous samba schools, including the celebrated Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel on Rio de Janeiro’s Rua Coronel Tamarindo, for some 30 different clients, totaling more than 1,500 people.


Apart from commissioning new works through our Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program, Classical Movements also contributes to a variety of organizations and causes that are important to life on earth.


In an effort to broaden our clients’ musical knowledge, Classical Movements offers workshop opportunities with world-renowned conductors, clinicians and ensembles.


Classical Movements is committed to direct action, offering opportunities to participate in preservation, rebuilding and outreach activities in destinations around the globe.

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