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

Testimonials

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