Japan: not just geisha, ninja and anime, but technological developments, new trends in popular culture and fashion, and ancient culture. Combined with thriving scenes for traditional and European performing arts, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and many other cities offer ensembles from any country the opportunity to perform at world-class venues and witness the many faces of contemporary Japan.

Classical Movements has been traveling to Japan since 1996.  Major symphony orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as well as smaller groups from the San Francisco Girls ChorusThe Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Los Angeles Children’s Chorus have all enjoyed successful multi-city tours to Japan with the company.

🇯🇵 Sights & Sounds 🇯🇵

  • Tokyo
  • Opera City
  • Metropolitan Theater
  • Meiji Shrine
  • Mount Fuji
  • Kabuki Theater
  • Osaka
  • Dotonbori Canal
  • Shitenno-ji Temple
  • Kyoto
  • Kinkaku-ji (Golden Shrine)
  • Kiyomizu-Dera Temple
  • Taiko Drumming
  • Itsukushima Island
  • Hiroshima
  • Peace Memorial and Park
  • Sapporo
  • Yokohama

Testimonials

I’ve been extremely happy with our tours we’ve taken with Classical Movements these past six years. We have used them exclusively for international touring, because they have worked so hard for us, getting us featured at prestigious international venues such as the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan; the Gateway Music Festival in Beijing, China; and the upcoming 4th of July concert in Havana, Cuba. They have excellent national staff that listen to your needs, as well as important musical contacts in major cities internationally.  Through Classical Movements we have been able to sing at amazing venues to full audiences around the world. If you are interested in a top-notch musical, as well as educational tour, I recommend you employ the services of Classical Movements.

-San Francisco Girls Chorus

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

For starters I would like to thank you and everyone at Classical Movements for the wonderful work you did on behalf of the VSO. The compliments continue to flow in on how smoothly everything went. To say we couldn’t have done it without you would be the understatement of the year! The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is extremely proud to have undertaken this historic tour.  Audience reaction to our performances was most enthusiastic and it is heartwarming to consider the number of lives we touched through the concerts as well as the dozens of educational activities in which Maestro Tovey and our musicians participated.

-Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

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