With a cosmopolitan populace in an ancient and historical land, Israel and its exceptional tourism industry offer travelers myriad flavors, cultures, sights and sounds. Musicians can explore old Yiddish or Sephardic traditions, new Israeli music or the country’s booming classical music scene.
Israeli musicians are celebrated across the musical spectrum and are found playing in numerous famous symphony orchestras around the world. Classical Movements started traveling to the Middle East in 1994, first with its brochure program under Blue Heart Tours. It has organized 50 different trips with individualized itineraries in recent years for the Collegiate Chorale, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Yale Alumni Chorus, George Washington University, Yale Glee Club and the Yale Institute of Music (among others). Classical Movements also works closely with Middle Eastern musicians: in 2003, it arranged the historic tour of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra to the United States.