The most populous country in Central Asia is home to a plethora of diverse cultures, Silk Road-era markets, mosques and madrassas, and a fascinating history under many empires. Witness diverse cultures and lingering history while taking in regional dance and music performances,  and perform a concert in one of the famous Soviet –era theaters or in one of many music festivals.

With numerous local contacts, Classical Movements has had extensive experience in the former Soviet Union and the company started 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 Uzbekistan.

Sights & Sounds

  • Tashkent
  • Navoi Opera Theater
  • Uzbekistan National Symphony
  • Samarqand
  • Bukhara
  • Silk Road history
  • Eastern Songs Festival
  • Registan Square
  • Grand Minaret & Mosque
  • Jewish & Turkmen traditions
  • Khiva
  • Shashmaqom music



“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.”

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

“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/UK, December 12, 2003

“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

“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