Stroll down the streets of French flavored Hanoi to see Southeast Asia’s signature pagodas interspersed with Gothic Revivalist cathedrals and government buildings, gingery stir-fry with fresh baguettes, bustling markets with placid lakes. Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, capital of what was South Vietnam remains indelibly etched in the minds of many Americans after the war. It offers a vibrant and modern city combined with ancient ways, numerous pagodas, markets, interesting restaurants and artists and museums. The Cu Chi tunnels nearby are a reminder of the gruesomeness of the war with America and the Mekong Delta visit showcases a way of life that seems to have never changed. In the concert halls, watch traditional water puppetry or a full string orchestra and ballet. The middle of the country offers beautiful beaches and the old capitals of Hoi An. Near China and Cambodia, Vietnam beckons orchestral and choral groups to be a part of its vibrant and varied culture.

Classical Movements has arranged many tours to Southeast Asia. Past clients include Pacific Boychoir, Vocal Fusion Choir, Yale Alumni Chorus Foundation, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, Yale Glee Club, and Glen Ellyn Children’s Choir. The company has also worked with Singapore-based Le Vocalise during their Rhapsody! Choral Festival, in addition to arranging tours for the Hong Kong based Hong Kong Children’s Choir, Indonesia’s Cordona Youth Choir and others.

Sights & Sounds

  • Hanoi
  • Vietnam National Opera and Ballet
  • Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra
  • Temple of Literature
  • Trấn Quốc Pagoda
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Reunification Palace
  • Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
  • Municipal Theatre
  • Old Town of Hoi An
  • Islets in Halong Bay



“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