Mexico’s size, geography, and long history make it home to diverse peoples, cultures and landscapes. This extraordinary country possesses beautiful beach resorts on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, cosmopolitan metropolises, magical little towns (dozens of Pueblos Mágicos, as they are aptly called) and awe-inspiring ruins from the Mayan period. Mexico’s cultural visibility and popularity extend far outside the borders of the country, as Mexican music, literature, film and cuisine continuously reach new audiences. Numerous performance, collaboration and outreach opportunities make Mexico an exciting destination for both vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Classical Movements began traveling to Mexico and Central America in 1999. With native Spanish speakers on the team, the company has worked extensively in Mexico, both arranging tours and engaging in outreach and volunteer projects (including partnering with Habitat for Humanity and donating musical instruments to underprivileged communities). In 2009, Classical Movements commissioned a work by Mexican composer Jorge Córdoba Valencia for the Yale Alumni Chorus tour to Mexico and Guatemala. The chorus premiered his work “Tu” at the Sala Nezahualcóyotl hall in Mexico City. 

Groups that have toured Mexico with Classical Movements include the Association of Yale Alumni, Yale Alumni Chorus, Yale Concert Band, Dmitri Hvorostovsky with the Moscow Academy of Choral Arts and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Symphony Orchestra.

🇲🇽 Sights & Sounds 🇲🇽

  • Mexico City
  • Palacio de Bellas Artes
  • Pyramids of Chichen Itza
  • Conjunto & Mariachi music
  • Guanajuato
  • Baroque art of Zacatecas
  • Beaches in Acapulco, Cancun and Monterrey
  • San Miguel de Allende
  • Puebla
  • Guadalajara
  • Monterrey

Testimonials

Press

Classical Movements is based in Alexandria but works mainly overseas, arranging tours by American orchestras and choruses and running music festivals all over the world. ‘Choral music is becoming so international,’ Helms says. ‘There was a time when it was all Handel, Bach, Mozart and such. But now there are so many fantastic composers. And in the course of their tours, so many American groups have started learning Maori, Chinese, South African and Brazilian songs. In the process of taking American groups around the world, we have had so many exchanges and collaborations, and we’ve had a great number of groups that wanted to come to the States,’ Helms says.

-Washington Post, Mark Jenkins | June 22, 2011

Neeta Helms, president of Classical Movements explains: ‘We are very aware that parents of the children pay a lot to give their children this [travel and music] experience. For them it’s a trip of a lifetime, and we want to deliver a high-quality music product.’

-Opus Osm, Mary Matz | July 18, 2011

Can you afford to ignore the company that does the tour arrangements for some of Washington’s premier institutions…the best tour agents in the world?

-Gala News, Judy Brophy (Choral Arts Society of Washington) | Fall, 1996

Classical Movements is the go-to company for ensembles planning concert tours.

-Baltimore Sun, Tim Smith | June 29, 2012

Music moves people. And then there are the people who move the music. From the corner of her second-story command center in a charming-but-creaky three-story townhouse in Old Town, Classical Movements founder Neeta Helms delivers musicians and singers all over the world with the precision of a Steinway piano tuner.

-Washington Post, Thomas Heath | Sept. 16, 2013

The tour is a very special occasion for us. It is important that the music and the long tradition of the Escolania is known.’ It is why Neeta Helms, founder of Classical Movements, the group presenting the choir in Washington and New York, considers this tour to be a rare look at the Escolania’s long tradition and exceptional talent.

-Washington Post, Katherine Boyle (quoting Bernat Vivancos) | March 16, 2014

Classical Movements is a concert touring company dedicated to arranging tours for choirs and ensembles all over the world. [Neeta] Helms calls the group a one-stop shop; booking hotels and meals for the touring ensembles and connecting them with performance venues. In addition, the group also produces four international music festivals every year (in Argentina and Brazil, Austria, South Africa and Washington, D.C.).

-Bethesda Gazette, Cara Hedgepeth | June 25, 2012

For comfort and safety a comprehensive tour package run by an experienced company such as Blue Heart Tours is the way to go.

-McCall’s | April 1998

Few companies can count 2,034 clients in their very first year of operation.

-Jax Fax Travel Magazine | June 1994