Known most widely among Americans for being home to Count Dracula, modern-day Romania certainly does have its fair share of Gothic and Baroque castles, ancient monasteries, age-old churches and character-filled castles. But unlike Stoker’s dark tale, Romania, from bustling and modern Bucharest to its smaller and more rural towns, is full of music, life and fun. Romania’s most famous classical composers–George Enescu, Ciprian Porumbescu, and Sergie Celibdache amongst others–and their works testify to this countrywide vibrancy. Romanians themselves are lovers of liturgical and chamber music as well as ballet and opera, ensuring that any concert group will find appreciative audiences.

Classical Movements has been arranging tours to Eastern Europe since 1996 for clients such as the College of William and Mary Choir and the Bucks County Choral Society. Romania is a fantastic addition to a European tour in conjunction with Bulgaria and Hungary.

🇷🇴 Sights & Sounds 🇷🇴

  • Bucharest
  • Revolution Square
  • National Radio Orchestra & Choir of Romania
  • Bucharest Templul Coral Synagogue
  • George Enescu Music Festival
  • Timisoara
  • Opera Square
  • Transylvania
  • Gothic and Baroque Churches
  • Ancient mountainside monasteries

 

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