Along with beautiful beaches, colonial architecture, and rainforests, Nicaragua has a long and proud musical history. José de la Cruz Mena’s operas were said to have inspired La Boheme, while El Güegüense (or The Old Man), still performed in Nahuatl and Spanish today, is said to be one of the oldest indigenous musical theater works in the Americas. Dip your toes in the ocean or go zip-lining by day and attend or perform a concert by night. Nicaragua’s rich history and the people’s love of music make for a memorable touring experience.

Classical Movements has been working in Central America since 1999, having arranged tours for the Yale Alumni Chorus, Yale Concert Band, Dmitri Hvorostovsky with Moscow Academy of Choral Arts and Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Philadelphia Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.  

Aside from arranging concert tours, the Classical Movements team has engaged in a number of outreach and volunteer projects in Central America that have included working with Habitat for Humanity and donating musical instruments to underprivileged communities.

Sights & Sounds

  • Managua
  • Teatro Nacional Rubén Darío
  • Historical Granada
  • Jaguars in Jinotega
  • Rafting in Somoto Canyon
  • National Artisan Market in Masaya
  • Volcano trekking and surfing
  • Colonial León
  • Palo de Mayo Festival
  • Artisans and famed pottery traditions
  • Lago de Poyo
  • Corn Islands



“Love. There is no better way to describe the affection, admiration, generosity, appreciation, and sharing that took place between this impassioned orchestra and a joyous Cuban public.”

-Huffington Post | May 20, 2015

“Classical Movements, a Virginia-based company, handled discussions with Cuba on behalf of the orchestra. The company has arranged musical tours to the nation for more than 18 years.”

-Minnesota Star Tribune, Graydon Royce | Feb. 12, 2015

“The tour is being arranged by Classical Movements, the Alexandria-based concert tour agency and presenter which has made something of a specialty of Cuban travel over the last 18 years, bringing ensembles to and from the country despite the travel restrictions that necessitated special permission through the U.S. Treasury Department.”

-Washington Post, Anne Midgette | Feb. 12, 2015

“The Teatro Nacional, a 2,056-seat theater on the Plaza de la Revolución, was sold out. Two dozen photographers and videographers swarmed the aisles. The Minnesota Orchestra’s concert here Friday night was greeted not only as a rare chance to hear an orchestra from overseas, but as a symbol of the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba.”

-New York Times, Michael Cooper | May 16, 2015