Chipped stone tools continue to be excavated in Belgrade, a far cry from the inventions of Serbia’s famed inventor, Nikola Tesla. The historic Petrovaradin Fortress, overtaken by Romans, Hungarians and Ottomans, is now overtaken by crowds of music lovers for the Exit music festival. Serbia, both ancient and new, offers a cornucopia of sights and sounds. For ensembles, it offers the worlds of Eastern Orthodox choral music, epic poetry recitations, folk-pop and lively brass bands.
Classical Movements has been organizing tours to the Balkans since 1995, the first American company to run tours to the Balkans after the Serbo-Croatian-Bosnian war. Since that period many ensembles have toured to Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and the region, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Repertory Singers, College of William and Mary Choir and Oakland Chorale.