Riga’s medieval old town and its surrounding city center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, just a few short years after Classical Movements began traveling to the newly post-Soviet world in 1993. Besides the beautiful and cosmopolitan capitol city, the swathes of unpolluted wilderness, charming seaside villages and the rich vocal and instrumental culture make Latvia a popular destination for touring musicians. The robust Baltic vocal traditions are prevalent throughout the countries’ histories: mass spontaneous singing demonstrations in Estonia, spreading to Latvia and Lithuania, spawned protests during the Soviet Union, which eventually led to the independence of the three Baltic nations. Today, that musical culture continues to make this region an excellent choice for both choral and orchestral ensembles.

Because of the company’s longstanding presence in the Baltics, local contacts continue to work with Classical Movements to create individualized tours in all major cities and towns including Vilnius, Kaunas, Riga, Jurmala, Pärnu, Tallinn and Tartu. The George Washington Singers, the Pacific Boychoir, Yale Concert Band, Yale Alumni Chorus, Toronto Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and the Philadelphia Boy Choir have enjoyed well-publicized and memorable concert tours through the Baltics, sometimes paired with tours to Russia and Finland.

Classical Movements has brought Logos, an all-male Latvian liturgical choir, and the celebrated ensemble, Latvian Voices to the U.S. for multiple tours. In 2017, Classical Movements commissioned Ēriks Ešenvalds to write a new work for the 2017 Serenade! Washington D.C. Choral Festival celebrating John F. Kennedy’s Centennial.

Sights & Sounds

  • Fairytale castles
  • Cosmopolitan Riga
  • Jurmala
  • Riga Cathedral
  • Medieval History at Turaida Museum Reserve
  • Music on the Beach at Liepāja
  • Laima Chocolate Museum
  • Kuldīga Waterfall
  • Rundale Palace
  • Singing Revolution



“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

“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 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.”

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

“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.”

-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