Just as the iconic Parthenon stands over Athens, an ancient sentinel over a modern city, contemporary Greek culture may be overshadowed by its celebrated antiquity but is as vibrant as ever. While the amphitheaters that once housed the plays of Euripedes and Sophocles may seem dormant, they along with opera houses and concert halls are alive with works inspired by Greek folk traditions and popular artists.

Classical Movements has been planning tours to Greece since 1998 including many customized cultural tours and concert tours for the College of William and Mary’s Concert Choir and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. In 2016, Classical Movements along with director Dr. Thomas C. Duffy arranged for the Yale Symphony Orchestra to play a concert at the Eleonas Refugee Center. It was a moving and unforgettable experience, both for the hopeful refugees in a new land and the musicians involved.

🇬🇷 Sights & Sounds 🇬🇷

  • Athens
  • Parthenon on the Acropolis
  • Athens State Orchestra
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Opera of Thessaloniki
  • White Tower
  • Byzantine History
  • Crete
  • Palace of Knossos
  • Beachside resorts
  • Ancient Corinth
  • Temple of Apollo
  • Rich folk music
  • Acrobatic & social line dances
  • Rhodes
  • Temple of Delphi
  • Cruises

Testimonials

James Madison University had such a wonderful experience during our trip to England and Wales in July 2009. Classical Movements was extremely efficient and easy to work with, and was able to schedule terrific performing venues and hotels wherever we visited. In our case, they were flexible enough to allow us to connect with a contact I had at the University of London, enabling us to experience a memorable performance of the Durufle “Requiem” in collaboration with the University of London and Imperial College.

-James Madison University Choir

The William and Mary Choir and I are so grateful to have had Classical Movements as a partner for our International Tour (2002). You brought us to welcoming and enthusiastic audiences and provided us with not one but two expert and delightful tour directors, Erja and Jeen. Our experiences -both musical and cultural- in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Tallinn are ones we will treasure for a long time to come. As you couple your special commitment to the performing arts with your organizational expertise, you play a vital role in helping to enlarge the vision and horizons of performer and audience alike. On behalf of my students and all those for whom we sang, I thank you for a job well done.

-College of William and Mary

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