The Tajikistan State Symphony Orchestra was founded and performed its first concert in 2016, a testament to the growing popularity of classical music in this riparian, mountainous country. Homegrown composers draw from Russian, European, Persian, and traditional Central Asian music to create the unique sounds that fill Tajikistan’s many concert halls and public squares.

With numerous local contacts, Classical Movements has had extensive experience in the former Soviet Union, having established itself in 1992 only operating tours to Russia, Ukraine and the former CIS countries.  In 1994, as a result of a momentous agreement to have exclusive rights to take Americans to visit top secret former Soviet Space launch facilities, the company arranged a tour to nearby Kazakhstan and in 1993 brought, on behalf of the U.S. State Department and the Library of Congress, delegations from each of the former CIS countries including Tajikistan.

🇹🇯 Sights & Sounds 🇹🇯

  • Dushanbe
  • Ayni Opera House
  • Gurminj Instrument Museum
  • Stunning Pamir Mountains
  • Picturesque waterfalls & rivers
  • Proto-urban settlements in Panjakent
  • Shashmaqom music
  • Lakeside resorts and spas in Khujand

Testimonials

Press

A university choir established 150 years ago in the United States is preparing to perform in Turkey for the first time as a part of its European tour. The musical director and conductor of the Yale Glee Club said the group chose the destination ‘because of the wonderful friendships they discovered in Turkey.’ The Turkish word ‘dost’ (friends for life) is the reason we are performing in Istanbul,’ said Jeff Douma. ‘Because we take ‘dost’ seriously, we wanted to visit Turkey to celebrate our singing tradition with our newfound friends.’ The Yale Glee Club has been called the United States’ ‘singing university’ because of the remarkable tradition and history of choirs at the school. ‘It is our mission to travel to parts of the world that are not often exposed to the musical traditions of US colleges,’ said Douma.

-Hürriyet Daily News, Hatice Utkan | August 5, 2010

Blue Heart has followed its clients’ suggestions to map out its expanding destinations. Vacationers travel from Guangzhou to Hong Kong by train visit the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and Tian’anmen Square and take in a performance of the famed Shanghai Acrobats.

-Tour and Travel News, Michael Milligan | May 8, 1995

Khubat Abbas Abdul Razaq, a cellist and one of the orchestra’s four women members, said: ‘I just want to say this is an honor to come to Washington and to play here.’ Samir Yosif, a double-bass player, said: ‘We want to let the American people know that we have a culture, that we have something to give them. It’s a great honor to be here and we thank the people who have helped us here to play.’

-The lndependent | December 12, 2003

The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra visit involved a human element that transcended the usual business of arranging orchestra tours for Neeta Helms, executive vice president of Classical Movements. She ushered the musicians from their first nerve-wracking security checks at New York’s JFK Airport to their last tourist stop at Rockefeller Center on the way out of the country.

-Symphony Magazine, Rebecca Winzenreid | March, 2004

Kevin Fox, who is working with the Neemrana Foundation, the Capital City Minstrels and Delhi school of Music in the Capital, says that the Indian singers are very keen on the music and are eager to do more and learn more about choral singing. He adds, ‘I’ve met some excellent directors and teachers here who are working very creatively to spread the musical and social benefits of group singing.’

-Mail Today, Srijani Ganguly | Feb 15, 2017