Home to some of Europe’s most famous philosophers, scientists, writers and musicians, Germany can be combined with tours in Austria and the Czech Republic, but we think it is a whirlwind tour all by itself. Through Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, Schumann and Schütz, Wagner and Weill (among many others) and all the castles, cathedrals and theaters that have played host to their performances, exploring Germanic history and culture is just as easy in-person as it is from your music stand.

Classical Movements started touring to Germany in 1995. Past groups have included (again, among so many others) the National Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Musica Viva, University of Kentucky Women’s Choir and Cantaré Children’s Choir. Distinguished German ensembles such as Leipzig’s Calmus and Windsbacher Knabenchor have toured the U.S. with Classical Movements and been featured during our own Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival.

🇩🇪 Sights & Sounds 🇩🇪

  • Berlin
  • Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Volksbühne
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • Frankfurt
  • Alte Oper
  • Goethe House & Museum
  • Munich
  • Glockenspiel Performances at Marienplatz
  • Bach’s Thomaskirche in Leipzig
  • Romanticism in Heidelberg
  • Beethovenfest & Beethovenhalle in Bonn

Testimonials

Our choir tour to Bavaria and Austria exceeded expectations in ways I could not have imagined possible. Classical Movements made our choir’s first tour such a resounding success that choir members are already asking where we are going next. Months after returning they are still posting pictures and sharing stories of this unforgettable experience. The church venues and organs where we performed were acoustically spectacular and provided many wonderful concert memories for us. Collaborating with local choirs in Munich and Vienna, tracing the footsteps of famous composers, our first-rate tour guides, the delicious cuisine, the vibrant cities along the Danube, the scenic countryside with its glorious mountains, lakes, and castles, all provided a unique and extraordinary cultural exchange.

-Jennifer L. Seighman-San Antonio Choral Society

 Under Classical Movements’ direction, our 6-concert tour of Germany and the Czech Republic was flawless from start to finish. We enjoyed a comfortable flight itinerary, nice hotels, good meals, wonderful sightseeing, and most importantly great concerts. Our venues included three stunning contemporary halls, an elegant baroque room, a delightful castle courtyard, and a beautiful spa town. A Smetana festival performance and two shared concerts with German music schools were highlights that our musicians loved. We are all ready to do it again! The Classical Movements staff was awesome!

-Chuck Moore, Executive Director Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra

Press

We were met by friendly and caring guides who spoke excellent English and were sophisticated in matters relating to history, architecture and the way of life in Russia, both at the times of the czars and of the Soviet Union. A folkloric performance was of outstanding artistic quality. We were offered flexibility in the choir of the sightseeing sites…my appreciation of the tour itself is quite reliable.

-International Travel News | Aug, 1998

Deputy Chief of US Mission Kent Logsdon thanked Classical Movements for organizing such an amazing concert tour and praised YAC (Yale Alumni Chorus) musicians for their great charity activities and Vakhtang Kahidze for his wonderful orchestra.

-Georgia Messenger, Salome Modebadze | June 28, 2011

The Rhapsody! Children’s Music Festival organizers have chosen Prague as a concert destination for the festival’s various choirs every year for the past decade. Neeta Helms, president of Classical Movements, Inc., explains that Prague has been a destination of choice along with Vienna and Salzburg ‘because of its beauty and the country’s rich music history, culture, and heritage. For [children] it’s a trip of a lifetime, and we want to deliver a high-quality music product. Prague allows us to do that year after year.’

-Opus Osm, Mary Matz | July 18, 2011

There is talk of the current vacuum in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s leadership (president/CEO James Undercofler recently left; board president Hal Sorgenti just stepped down), even in such exotic settings, but it’s not noticeable in the tour’s day-to-day life, which is organized by the outside firm Classical Movements. One encouraging economic indicator: Neeta Helms, president of Classical Movements, which works with major orchestras as well as tours by youth orchestras and choirs, says 2009 looks to be its busiest year ever. But Helms works hard for that business. The Wednesday flight from Barcelona to Lisbon had the most stringent bag restrictions yet, with hefty fines for those deemed too heavy. But the loaded-down musicians were allowed to board unimpeded. ‘Neeta worked her magic,’ murmured one.

-Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns | Feb. 6, 2009

The warm reception from the French people restored energy and health, as did the raucously enthusiastic audiences, packed houses, rave reviews, radio broadcasts, and extended ovations…

-Peabody News | Sept, 1996