Classical Movements began travelling to Brazil in 1996. Enthusiastic audiences and luxurious beaches became a regular feature of tours as musical groups–the National Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Children’s Chorus, the Colburn School, and the Miami Children’s Chorus just a few among them–began touring this naturally and culturally stunning country. Performance venues have ranged from the largest theaters in the biggest cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia, to cathedrals large and small and community centers. The rich Afro-Brazilian music and dance culture, the birthplace of samba, bossa nova and foro, has encouraged many to enjoy dance and drumming lessons. From the colorful biodiversity of the Amazon to the colorful costumes of Carnaval, Brazil has no shortage of sights, performance opportunities and musical inspirations.
🇧🇷 Sights & Sounds 🇧🇷
- Lively samba at Carnaval
- Famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches
- Symphony halls, theaters, and cathedrals in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Salvador de Bahia
- Afro-Brazilian culture and music
- Christ the Redeemer Statue
- Unparalleled biodiversity in the Amazon and Pantanal
The wonderful experience we have had in South America would not have been the same without the expertise of Classical Movements, who arranged the tour. All our dealings with Classical Movements were of the utmost order with a professionalism and caring attitude that helped us immensely. We value the relationship with them and would be most happy to work with them again in the future.
-Winnipeg Mennonite Children’s Choir
The entire staff at Classical Movements, Inc. could not be more helpful, accommodating and knowledgeable. International touring, especially for youth orchestras, requires a tremendous amount of planning and organization. Classical Movements has not missed a beat.
-Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
Thank you for the wonderfully planned and operated tour. The choir and the parents had a fantastic experience. Our performance venues were outstanding, each a full house. The friendship concerts and outreach encounters were truly meaningful, age-appropriate, as well as fun. Special thanks go to our tour guides (who) provided a wealth information about their cities, as well as kept us all on enjoying ourselves and on time.
-The Colburn School
Classical Movements, a Virginia-based company, handled discussions with Cuba on behalf of the orchestra. The company has arranged musical tours to the nation for more than 18 years.
-Minnesota Star Tribune, Graydon Royce | Feb. 12, 2015
The tour is being arranged by Classical Movements, the Alexandria-based concert tour agency and presenter which has made something of a specialty of Cuban travel over the last 18 years, bringing ensembles to and from the country despite the travel restrictions that necessitated special permission through the U.S. Treasury Department.
-Washington Post, Anne Midgette | Feb. 12, 2015
The Teatro Nacional, a 2,056-seat theater on the Plaza de la Revolución, was sold out. Two dozen photographers and videographers swarmed the aisles. The Minnesota Orchestra’s concert here Friday night was greeted not only as a rare chance to hear an orchestra from overseas, but as a symbol of the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba.
-New York Times, Michael Cooper | May 16, 2015
Love. There is no better way to describe the affection, admiration, generosity, appreciation, and sharing that took place between this impassioned orchestra and a joyous Cuban public.
-Huffington Post | May 20, 2015