The now world-famous Angkor Wat covered in beautiful reliefs lay hidden for centuries in the rainforest. Nestled between Vietnam and Thailand, Cambodia and its beautiful culture have also been hidden from tourists. Now, a growing tourism industry ensures that along with Cambodia’s most famous temple complex, travelers can experience the country’s beautiful pagodas, nature reserves and musical and dance traditions.

Good concerts are possible in Phnom Penh as well as in Angkor Wat where the company has a personal connection to a lovely auditorium that has hosted classical music concerts. Classical Movements has arranged many tours to Southeast Asia since 1996. Past clients include Vocal Fusion, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the Yale Alumni Chorus, Pacific Boychoir and Philadelphia Orchestra.

🇰🇭 Sights & Sounds 🇰🇭

  • Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
  • Phnom Penh
  • Silver Pagoda
  • Angkor National Youth Orchestra
  • Royal Apsara Ballet
  • Mekong River
  • Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus and arts community in Battembang
  • Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve
  • Pinpeat traditional orchestras

Testimonials

Thank you for making this trip to Burma possible for us. It was a lifelong dream of ours. Burma was absolutely fascinating, we always felt safe there, the Rangoon (Yangon) hotel was one of the best we ever stayed in with a fantastic breakfast, our guide Moe was fascinating and one of the finest we ever had with a great sense of humor and candor. What a fascinating experience we had in Rangoon, Bagan and Mandalay. What a special effort you made for us especially after the superb China concerts and tour for our students. This was an unforgettable trip.

-University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club

Our tour to Japan, Singapore, and Myanmar was a revelation. Our students performed the B Minor Mass to sold-out houses in some of the top concert halls in these countries. We owe Classical Movements our great debt not only for attending so well to the practical details, but for understanding and being sensitive to our mission of using Sacred Music to reach out to the cultures of the world. Maestro Suzuki joins me in congratulating Classical Movements!

-Yale Institute of Sacred Music

We loved our visit to Siem Reap, Cambodia.  Our resort hotel was modern, comfortable, elegant, immaculately clean, and full of smiling and hospitable staff (great food, too!).  The ruins of the famous Angkor Wat temple region were spectacular examples of the area’s sophisticated ancient culture, and we enjoyed a wonderful live dance show to see its modern culture. We also visited places to learn the story of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s, movingly narrated by our tour guide who had lived through those difficult times. Much less urban than other places in Southeast Asia, Cambodia was green and beautiful.

-L. Couchman

 

Press

A university choir established 150 years ago in the United States is preparing to perform in Turkey for the first time as a part of its European tour. The musical director and conductor of the Yale Glee Club said the group chose the destination ‘because of the wonderful friendships they discovered in Turkey.’ The Turkish word ‘dost’ (friends for life) is the reason we are performing in Istanbul,’ said Jeff Douma. ‘Because we take ‘dost’ seriously, we wanted to visit Turkey to celebrate our singing tradition with our newfound friends.’ The Yale Glee Club has been called the United States’ ‘singing university’ because of the remarkable tradition and history of choirs at the school. ‘It is our mission to travel to parts of the world that are not often exposed to the musical traditions of US colleges,’ said Douma.

-Hürriyet Daily News, Hatice Utkan | August 5, 2010

Blue Heart has followed its clients’ suggestions to map out its expanding destinations. Vacationers travel from Guangzhou to Hong Kong by train visit the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and Tian’anmen Square and take in a performance of the famed Shanghai Acrobats.

-Tour and Travel News, Michael Milligan | May 8, 1995

Khubat Abbas Abdul Razaq, a cellist and one of the orchestra’s four women members, said: ‘I just want to say this is an honor to come to Washington and to play here.’ Samir Yosif, a double-bass player, said: ‘We want to let the American people know that we have a culture, that we have something to give them. It’s a great honor to be here and we thank the people who have helped us here to play.’

-The lndependent | December 12, 2003

The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra visit involved a human element that transcended the usual business of arranging orchestra tours for Neeta Helms, executive vice president of Classical Movements. She ushered the musicians from their first nerve-wracking security checks at New York’s JFK Airport to their last tourist stop at Rockefeller Center on the way out of the country.

-Symphony Magazine, Rebecca Winzenreid | March, 2004

Kevin Fox, who is working with the Neemrana Foundation, the Capital City Minstrels and Delhi school of Music in the Capital, says that the Indian singers are very keen on the music and are eager to do more and learn more about choral singing. He adds, ‘I’ve met some excellent directors and teachers here who are working very creatively to spread the musical and social benefits of group singing.’

-Mail Today, Srijani Ganguly | Feb 15, 2017