Minnesota Orchestra cancels summer tour to Vietnam, South Korea
Jenna Ross, Star Tribune | March 27, 2020

The tour would have featured two new compositions by Vietnamese composers Do Hong Quan and Tran Manh Hung, commissioned by the Classical Movements, the company that helped shape the orchestra’s 2015 tour of Cuba and 2018 trip to South Africa. The orchestra will play those works at a later date.

Read the full article here.
Read the Minnesota Orchestra press release here.

National Symphony Orchestra cancels tour to Japan due to coronavirus
February 27, 2020

The decision was made after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recommended that cultural events be canceled for the next two weeks as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread. The Japanese government has also told schools to begin their scheduled spring break several weeks early and not reopen until April. There have been more than 200 cases reported in Japan and at least four deaths.

“We are deeply disappointed,” NSO Executive Director Gary Ginstling said in a statement. “After multiple consultations with officials at U.S. government agencies and recommendations from the Japanese government, it became clear that these evolving circumstances are beyond our control.”
Read the full NSO press release here

Tenor Errin Duane Brooks to Tribute Enrico Caruso and Mario Lanza in Recital
Logan Martell, OperaWire | July 29, 2021

“After presenting over 200 artists of the highest caliber, from rising stars to internationally-acclaimed soloists, we are so proud to be presenting such a major artist in his very first appearance in the area,” Classical Movements President Neeta Helms said”

Music Venues May Be Open, but Outdoor Concerts Are Still Big
Sherri Dalphonse, Washingtonian | July 7, 2021

“Some shows are in spots that may be more appealing than a concert hall. You can enjoy Bach or Billie Holiday amid boxwoods at performances put on by Classical Movements in the Secret Garden of the Rectory on Princess Street in Old Town. The lineup includes choral music, cabaret, jazz, opera, tango, and more.”

WORLD PREMIERE: Choral Arts Chamber Singers set to premiere “Stand Up” by B. E. Boykin
Patrick D. McCoy | Jun 3, 2021

Classical Movements, a global presenter of concerts were among the many who had to make adjustments during the pandemic.  One of its major contributions was the beginning of their outdoor concerts in The Secret Garden, which is an intimate space located at the organization’s headquarters in Alexandria, VA.  It would be safe to say that President and Founder Neeta Helms and Classical Movements were the very first to begin presenting live concerts during the pandemic, when others were still quite reluctant to do so. What is special about this concert is the  world premiere of B. E. Boykin’s “Stand Up.” Commissioned by Classical Movements’ Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program, the work is in honor of the activist and educator Mary Church Terrell, which will be given its world premiere with Scott Tucker and the Choral Arts Chamber Singers.

Top Things to Do This Summer in Alexandria
Caroline Secrest, Visit Alexandria | May 6, 2021

Check out #3 on this list of “Top Things to Do This Summer in Alexandria, VA”

A musical tribute with Indian links at the Biden-Harris Inauguration
Sriram Lakshman, The Hindu | January 19, 2021

“As part of a series of events to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, members of some of the most established orchestras in the U.S. are getting together for a live-streamed musical tribute, “Fanfare for Joe and Kamala,” a day before the actual Inauguration.”

“The group of 14, called the Hope and Harmony Ensemble, has been put together by Classical Movements run by Indian-origin Neeta Helms of Virginia.”

The Classical Movements musician group perform virtually in honor of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
Yukare Nakayama, ABC7  |

“As the inauguration approaches, the Classical Movements, a group made of musicians from all over the country, got together virtually with their Hope and Harmony Ensemble to perform in honor of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”

The Classical Movements’ Hope and Harmony Ensemble performance included Percussionist Cynthia Yeh of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Musicians From Around Country Hope To Ease Sour Notes Of Division
Robbie Owens, CBS DFW | January 20, 2021

Watch this interview with Neeta Helms, Elmer Churampi, and Robbie Owens. Congratulations on a beautiful virtual tribute yesterday performed by the Hope & Harmony Ensemble, and all involved in this project!

“Creativity Abounds as Americans Mark Holidays in Times of COVID”
Vero Balderas Iglesias, Voice of America | December 21, 2020

The COVID pandemic has forced Americans to find innovative ways to safely celebrate Christmas. Classical Movements’ Sounds of Joy and Light holiday concert series is featured.

Weekend Arts Round Up, December 10, 2020
Richard Seldon, The Georgetowner | December 10, 2020

“Classical Movements will present two afternoon performances of “Hallelujah! Gospel & Choral Favorites with Camerata Baltimore” on Dec. 19 at 1 and 2:30 p.m. in the Secret Garden at the Rectory, 711 Princess St. in Alexandria, Virginia. The program of gospel music, spirituals and classical repertoire in celebration of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas includes “Hallelujah” from Handel’s “Messiah,” Saint-Saëns’s “Christmas Oratorio” and works by John Rutter, Undine Smith Moore and Amy F. Bernon. Seating will be socially distanced and masks are required. Tickets are $45.”

Socially-Distanced Outdoor Concerts Selling Out in Alexandria, Virginia
Grace Arnold, The Zebra | November 3, 2020

“Social distancing has affected every facet of life from work, to education, to entertainment. Classical Movements is countering that effect, introducing live classical music in a socially distanced setting. As musicians perform underneath a pergola surrounded by lush foliage, the Secret Garden at The Rectory series is becoming the new social hub for all Alexandrians.”

“Music has the power to unite even the most uncommon of folks, and there is a poetic irony about unity during times of necessary separation, but that separation makes the power of music all the more relevant right now. Neeta Helms, Founder and President of Classical Movements, agrees, ‘We want to make the Covid winter as beautiful and happy as possible… We should just spread the joy and light that we can.’”

The world is loud. These upcoming classical music performances will give you some comfort.
Michael Andor Brodeur, The Washington Post | October 14, 2020

Only live Classical Pick for October:
“With the new season comes another change as the Alexandria-based Classical Movements refreshes its series of socially-distanced chamber concerts with a new name and 22 more performances, starting on Halloween and continuing through December 19.

[…] That evening, they’ll clear the cobwebs for “A Venetian Halloween,” featuring NSO musicians playing an autumnal chunk of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as well as Puccini’s “Crisantemi.” (If this isn’t a perfect opportunity to step up your mask game, I’m not sure what is.)”

The Score: Seasons of Change
The League of American Orchestras, Symphony Magazine | Fall 2020

“With most orchestral touring on hiatus due to Covid-19, tour organizer Classical Movements looked closer to home for a suitable performance venue, and found one in its back¬yard: the garden outside its offices in Alexandria, Virginia. In July, Classical Movements President Neeta Helms launched “Sounds of Hope and Harmony,” a series of one-hour outdoor chamber concerts featuring musicians from the Al¬exandria Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra, among others, in a wide range of music.”

Pandemic Forces Performing Arts Leaders to Rethink
Richard Selden, The Georgetowner | September 15, 2020

“While virtual programming has blossomed, there have been few attempts to return to live, in-person performance. Alexandria, Virginia, appears to be the area leader, with outdoor, small-ensemble performances by Alexandria Symphony Orchestra members planned for this fall and the 18-concert Sounds of Hope & Harmony series successfully launched in the Rectory’s secret garden by orchestra tour company Classical Movements.”

Outdoor classical music concert series finds a way forward for live performances
Cody Mello-Klein, Alexandria Times | August 27, 2020

“The chance to see talented musicians up close in an intimate setting is also rare in the realm of classical music, where massive concert halls and pricy tickets are standard. Classical Movements is making music more accessible and, in the process, hopes to remind audiences why live performances are so valuable.”

Alexandria Crichlow & V. Savoy McIlwain Headline ‘Songs of Hope & Harmony’ Concert This August

David Salazar, OperaWire | August 19, 2020

“The Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts and Classical Movements will be joining forces to present a unique concert as part of the “Songs of Hope & Harmony” series on August 29, 2020.

“The showcase will feature soprano Alexandria Crichlow and baritone V. Savoy McIlwain alongside pianist Dr. Lester Green. Pamela Simonson will narrate the concert performance. The event is set to take place in Alexandria, Virginia in honor of the March on Washington back in the 1960s.”

Elizabeth Blair, NPR Morning Edition | August 17, 2020
“Vox Virtual is the brainchild of the Dutch/Icelandic group Olga and the international touring company Classical Movements. […] since almost all of these groups have had their in-person shows canceled, it didn’t take much to get their fellow artists on board.”

Socially Distanced Sound
Barbara Jepson, Wall Street Journal | Aug. 4, 2020

When music lovers envision a night at the symphony, they picture a stage filled with 80 to 100 players arrayed in close proximity. Obviously that hasn’t been possible in the U.S. for a while due to the coronavirus, and won’t be for some time. Major orchestras in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and elsewhere have canceled their classical seasons through year end or later.
Given the right conditions, more major orchestras should be taking similar steps. There’s a large and artistically rewarding repertoire on a smaller scale that could be played, where it is safe to do so, before mask-wearing, socially distanced listeners, from string quartets and other chamber music to opera overtures, serenades and symphonies. Doing so now would allow arts presenters to return to their core mission: putting on live concerts in front of audiences. And it would enable at least some orchestra members to perform and some concertgoers to re-experience the joys of live music-making. These events might also offer opportunities to experiment with alternative onstage placements before moving to the next phase with a full symphony orchestra.

At the very least, orchestra members could play chamber music outdoors while the weather is good. Classical Movements, a concert tour organizer, has sponsored seven such events in Alexandria, Va., since June with no reported spread of the virus.

A critic’s suggestions for music to fill the dog day
Michael Brodeur, The Washington Post | July 29, 2020

“Alexandria-based orchestral touring group Classical Movements continues its Sounds of Hope and Harmony series through the month of August and beyond. On Aug. 1 at 6 and 7:30 p.m. it will host “Prague Comes to Washington,” a pair of hour-long programs of arias and art songs in its freshly pergola’d “secret garden,” featuring Chilean baritone Javier Arrey (an alum of the Castleton Festival and WNO’s remonikered Cafritz Young Artist Program); soprano Kaylee Norris; and pianist Taylor Hutchinson. Upcoming installments of these 100-ticket, socially distanced soirees this month include NSO musicians performing chamber works by Molly Joyce, Victor Ewald, Andy Akiho, Alvin Singleton, Zhao Tian and Duke Ellington on Aug. 8, and an evening of grand opera arias sung by “heldentenor par excellence” Issachah Savage, accompanied by pianist Joy Schreier on Aug. 15.”

Read the full article here.

Live Outdoor Concerts by Four Indoor Organizations
Susan Elliott, Musical America | July 27, 2020

Lori McCue, All Things Considered | July 23, 2020

“I’m really looking to check out one of these intimate garden concerts put on by this concert tour company Classical Movements in Alexandria […] they’re holding it outdoors in what they call the ‘Secret Garden’ at their facility on Princess Street and that sounds really magical and I’m looking forward to learning more.”



10 Virtual And IRL Things To Do In D.C. This Weekend
Chelsea Cirruzzo, DCist | July 23, 2020

“Concerts are slowly making a comeback and this summer head to a very special show. Concert tour company Classical Movements is putting on a series of intimate garden concerts starting on Saturday.”

Read the full article here.

The best things to do — virtually and in-person — while quarantined in the D.C. area
Going Out Guide Staff, The Washington Post | July 23, 2020

“For classical music fans missing the thrill of live performances, an unlikely destination is filling the void left by the Kennedy Center and Strathmore: A 235-year-old rectory in Old Town Alexandria. Classical Movements began holding concerts in the courtyard behind its headquarters in June, with socially distanced seats allowing up to 43 people (singles or couples) to attend. This Saturday, a seven-week series of chamber, opera, choral and jazz performances begins with string quartets and cello duos by musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra. Beethoven, Bartok and the Beatles are all on the one-hour program.”

Read the full article here.

Classical Movements’ outdoor “Sounds of Hope and Harmony” concerts, July 25-Oct. 4

INDUSTRY BUZZ, The Hub | July 22, 2020

The concert tour company Classical Movements, based in Alexandria, Virginia, will present eighteen intimate, socially-distanced concerts and recitals from late July through early October at the Secret Garden…

Mostly Virtual Arts Round Up, July 16, 2020
Richard Seiden, The Georgetowner | July 16, 2020

“The secret garden of the Rectory, 711 Princess Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is the venue for Classical Movements’ Sounds of Hope & Harmony series of intimate and socially distanced Saturday-evening concerts. On July 25 at 6 and 7:30 p.m., cellists Eugena Chang and Britton Riley and a quartet made up of violinists Alexandra Osborne and Angelia Cho, violist Mahoko Eguchi and cellist Rachel Young — all National Symphony Orchestra musicians — will give one-hour performances of works by Barrière, Bartók, Bologne, Beethoven, Joplin and other composers.”

Read the full article here.

Four summertime strolls: Where to take them and what to listen to
Michael Brodeur, The Washington Post | July 15, 2020

“If you happen to be biking the Mt. Vernon Trail on July 25, consider locking up in Old Town Alexandria that evening as orchestral touring company Classical Movements launches “Sounds of Hope & Harmony,” a new series of 16 concerts in its socially distanced “secret garden.” I covered the company’s first go at a pandemic-defying outdoor concert (spoiler: it was great!), and its forthcoming programs (Aug. 1, 8, 15; Sept. 12, 19, 26; and Oct. 3) will reach beyond chamber music to include opera, jazz and even choral works.

This first date will bring together players from the National Symphony Orchestra to celebrate “the four B’s” — Barrière, Bologne, Bartók and Beethoven. (And especially that last guy, whose big sesquicentennial has been all but ruined by the pandemic.) Oh, and the ride over is as good a time as any to brush up on your Joseph Boulogne — a.k.a. Chevalier de Saint-Georges — whose String Quartet No. 3 in G Minor is a particular treat on the program.”

Read the full article here.

Javier Arrey, Kaylee Norris, Issachah Savage Headline Classical Movements ‘Sounds of Hope & Harmony’ Garden Concert Series
David Salazar, OperaWire | July 14, 2020

Classical Movements has announced a Garden Concert Series entitled “Sounds of Hope & Harmony.” 

The series will feature 18 concerts at the Secret Garden of the Rectory on Princess Street in Alexandria, Virginia. 

Read the full article here.

How D.C.’s Live Music Venues Are Trying To Survive The Pandemic
Mikaela Lefrak, WAMU | July 1, 2020

“The classical musicians wore jeans and khakis, not tuxes. Audience members stood six feet apart — for now, plush concert hall seats are a thing of the past. It wasn’t what anyone was used to, but for one afternoon, the music was back.

“‘These are great artists. For them, performing is sort of an essential thing,’ says Neeta Helms, Classical Movements’ founder and president. ‘And there’s nothing like live music.’”

Read the full review here.

Classical Movements isn’t in the business of throwing garden parties, but its fledgling attempt to bring music back to real life, led by founder Neeta Helms, was an ambitious model for what live music might look like for the foreseeable future. 

Read the full review of our “Sounds of Hope and Harmony” concerts here.

Live music returns, offering a preview of the new concert normal
Charles T. Downey, Washington Classical Review | June 21, 2020

At 5 p.m. Saturday evening, something extraordinary happened: a group of people gathered to hear another group of people play classical music on their instruments. 

It was the first time this critic has participated in such an event since early March. What a difference in perspective just three months can offer during a pandemic. Rain had scuttled the three concerts scheduled for the morning, but the skies cleared just in time for the first one in the evening.

Read the full review here.

Hear That Sound? Live Music Returns to Alexandria on June 20
Kevin Dauray, The Zebra | June 18, 2020

“Sounds of Hope & Harmony” chamber-music concerts from Classical Movements
League of American Orchestras, The Hub | June 15, 2020

Classical Movements Founder and President Neeta Helms has characterized ‘Sounds of Hope & Harmony’ as ‘an important gesture of support and optimism, both to local musicians and orchestras and to our community as a whole.’ Performers will include members of the National Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, New Orchestra of Washington, Fairfax Symphony, and several other local ensembles.

Read more here.

Soon You Will Be Able to Go to an Actual Concert in Alexandria
Rob Brunner, The Washingtonian | June 11, 2020

On June 20, musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony, and other local ensembles will perform in the garden of the Rectory on Princess Street. This is not a live-stream event or something informal you watch on somebody’s porch: It’s an actual concert with tickets and a program and everything—a once-cherished ritual that now feels like a dim memory from a distant era.

Read more here.

Minnesota Orchestra cancels summer tour to Vietnam, South Korea
Jenna Ross, Star Tribune | March 27, 2020

The tour would have featured two new compositions by Vietnamese composers Do Hong Quan and Tran Manh Hung, commissioned by the Classical Movements, the company that helped shape the orchestra’s 2015 tour of Cuba and 2018 trip to South Africa. The orchestra will play those works at a later date.

Read the full article here.
Read the Minnesota Orchestra press release here.

National Symphony Orchestra cancels tour to Japan due to coronavirus
February 27, 2020

The decision was made after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recommended that cultural events be canceled for the next two weeks as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread. The Japanese government has also told schools to begin their scheduled spring break several weeks early and not reopen until April. There have been more than 200 cases reported in Japan and at least four deaths.

“We are deeply disappointed,” NSO Executive Director Gary Ginstling said in a statement. “After multiple consultations with officials at U.S. government agencies and recommendations from the Japanese government, it became clear that these evolving circumstances are beyond our control.”
Read the full NSO press release here

National Symphony Orchestra Revises Asia Tour Itinerary due to Coronavirus in China
February 4, 2020

“The National Symphony Orchestra has canceled three concerts in China, which were to conclude its Japan-China tour next month, over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

The shortened trip — the first international tour with Music Director Gianandrea Noseda — will now feature five concerts in Japan, including a performance in Hiroshima honoring the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The NSO is the first American orchestra to perform in Hiroshima in 50 years.”

Read the full NSO press release here

After Cuba and South Africa, next stop for Minnesota Orchestra is Vietnam
Jenna Ross, Star Tribune | October 10, 2019

After high-profile trips to Cuba and South Africa, the Minnesota Orchestra announced Thursday its next destinations: Vietnam and South Korea.

“No orchestra has done the amount of collaborations and exchanges we’re planning,” said Neeta Helms, president of Classical Movements, the touring company that worked with the Minnesota Orchestra on its 2015 tour of Cuba and 2018 trip to South Africa. The Virginia-based company, which will act as creative adviser for Vietnam, is whittling the list of possible cities in which the orchestra might perform.

Outreach takes center stage for orchestra tour of South Africa

As the first orchestra to travel to South Africa, the Minnesota Orchestra did much more than just play in historic concert venues – they worked side-by-side with young musicians in an equal learning exchange. 

Click to watch the full video HERE

New Orchestra of Washington Fêtes Classical Music and Culture at NOWFest
K Street Magazine | April 9, 2019

Neeta Helms, Founder and President of Classical Movements, has made a deliberate effort to take ensembles to frequently overlooked destinations.”

Two Concerts, Two Premieres at the Seattle Symphony
Thomas May, Musical America | February 11, 2019

“Kinan Azmeh came back to Benaroya Hall to perform as the soloist in his ambitious new work, commissioned for the Seattle Symphony by Classical Movements.”

Neeta Helms Nominated for 2019 Classical:NEXT Innovation Award
January 18, 2019

“Neeta Helms of Classical Movements has been a pioneer of cultural diplomacy for more than 26 years. Be it the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, Vietnam or the Balkans in the early 1990s, South Africa immediately after apartheid, Iraq during the 2003 invasion or Myanmar this decade, Classical Movements produces trailblazing tours for orchestras and choirs to 145 countries, including the Minnesota Orchestra’s recent tours to Cuba and South Africa. Relentlessly pursuing meaningful collaborations—whether with refugees, under-served musicians or overlooked nations—Classical Movements also commissions brand-new music for the world’s most celebrated performers and donates to hundreds of organizations and causes that are important to all life on Earth.”

Top Ten Performances of 2018: Savall and Hespèrion XXI pray for Catalonia in exquisite concert
Charles Downey, Washington Classical Review | December 22, 2018

“Presented on Friday by Classical Movements at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill, the concert marked the feast day of Our Lady of Montserrat, patroness of the beleaguered region of Catalonia.”

Looking Back at the Minnesota Orchestra’s August 2018 Tour of South Africa
Marcia Peck, Strings Magazine | December 4, 2018

“It took two and a half years for Classical Movements, a Virginia-based company with intimate knowledge of South Africa, to finalize the details. I describe the 14 members of the staff as miracle workers.”

13 Awe-Inspiring Choral Festivals Around the World
Giorgia Capozzi, American Express Essentials | December 3, 2018

“If a well-tuned choir gives you goosebumps, then treat yourself to Classical Movements‘ ninth annual Serenade! Choral Festival ‘The Human Journey: Music, Migration & Identity.’”

Grand Tours
Steven Brown, League of American Orchestra’s Symphony Magazine | October 14, 2018

“An innovative partnership that reflects the two organizations’ shared values, Classical Movements’ multi-year commitment will support the programs and services provided by Chorus America and the creation of new choral repertoire for the benefit of the entire field.”

Listen now to the Minnesota Orchestra’s historic concert in Soweto, South Africa
Brian Newhouse, Minnesota Public Radio | August 17, 2018

Minnesota Orchestra to give a treat to music lovers
South African Broadcasting Corporation | August 10, 2018

South Africa tour represents ‘a new way’ for Minnesota Orchestra
Jenna Ross, Star Tribune | August 10, 2018

“Handling those challenges is Classical Movements, a Virginia-based company that has arranged some 250 concerts in South Africa since 1994.”

People of Note: Johan van Zyl
Rodney Trudgeon, Fine Music Radio | July 22, 2018

Mandela at 100: Voices of Hope, Freedom and Unity
Leigh-Anne Jansen, eNews Channel Africa | July 18, 2018

Prague Summer Nights Festival 2018 Review: The Marriage of Figaro
Logan Martell, Operawire | July 14, 2018

“The sheer exuberance of the opera was deftly handled by the young artists of the Prague Summer Nights Festival…no shortage of knockouts, who will no doubt go on to bare their gifts before future audiences.”

Prague Summer Nights Festival 2018 Review: The Magic Flute
Logan Martell, Operawire | July 13, 2018

“In all, this production made for a sensational showcase of the Prague Summer Nights Festival’s young artists…there’s much to look forward to in the coming years as they further their craft and passion.”

Mandela’s poignant words converted into song
Cape Times | July 10, 2018

Classical Movements‘ 10th annual Ihlombe! festival will feature new works composed by celebrated South African composers who have woven the poignant words of the great leader into the songs that will be performed.”

Canada: Syrian children’s choir turns down US festival trip over border fears
Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian | June 29, 2018

“The Serenade! festival – which has showcased more than 85 choirs from countries ranging from Norway to Zimbabwe in the past eight years – got under way this week, just as the US supreme court upheld the travel ban.

Syrian Children’s Choir Will Not Perform At U.S. Festival Because Of Travel Ban
Audie Cornish, NPR’s All Things Considered | June 27, 2018

Ten Major Anniversaries Worth Traveling For This Year
Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian Magazine | January 30, 2018

“Those looking to engage with the legacy of this singular civil rights leader in 2018 can look forward to Classical MovementsIhlombe! South African Choral Festival, which will take place across four of South Africa’s most major cities from July 1-20 and remember Mandela through song.” 

Minnesota Orchestra sets its sights on Africa
Anne Midgette, Washington Post | January 18, 2018

Classical Movements, the Alexandria-based company that is making the tour arrangements, also commissioned an original work by an African composer, Bongani Ndodana-Breen, with texts by Mandela, that the orchestra will perform alongside Beethoven on its five tour stops — including a concert in Soweto, the township where Mandela once lived, and a famous site in the struggle against apartheid.”

Dispatches from Washington, DC
Alex de Lacey, Songlines Magazine | December, 2017

Classical MovementsSerenade! is a majestic showcase of what can be achieved through collaboration, and a most welcome reminder that we all have a voice, and that the glory of song can resoundingly reaffirm a common sense of humanity, the world over.”

Musical America 30 Movers & Shapers: Neeta Helms
John Fleming, Musical America | December 5, 2017

Classical Movements Celebrates 25 Years of Cultural Diplomacy
Business Insider | October 18, 2017

“From Abu Dhabi to Zimbabwe, Classical Movements‘ unique range of destinations across six continents offers orchestral and choral clients myriad opportunities to fully experience exotic cultures from those far corners of the globe, while bringing clients’ own culture to the places they’re visiting, allowing for the best of both countries to be exchanged.”

Classical Movements Practices 24-hour Music Diplomacy
Shirley Ruhe, Alexandria Gazette | September 7, 2017

Classical MovementsNeeta Helms had started her day the night before with two messages from Spain and the Netherlands inquiring about details of future concerts.” 

CSO makes major debuts in United Kingdom to rave reviews
Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer | August 31, 2017

“While Americans are celebrating Labor Day on Monday, several CSO musicians will be playing a free concert for refugees in Utrecht, The Netherlands…The event is being presented by Classical Movements, the U.S. tour company that made the orchestra’s travel arrangements. Said the company’s president Neeta Helms, ‘Together with the CSO, we are honored to be able to offer these refugees the sound of hope during a time of discord.’”

Prague Summer Nights: Enquête
Maurice Salles, Forum Opera | August 14, 2017

Prague Summer Nights Festival Introduces Students to the Rigors of a Professional Musician’s Life
Heather K. Scott, Strings Magazine | August 2, 2017

“It’s much like taking lessons within a living, breathing music-history museum. If you think it sounds both dreamy and intense, you’re 100 percent correct.”

Prague Summer Nights
Alejandro Martínez, Platea Magazine | July, 2017

“Seen from close up, Prague Summer Nights offers its students everything to establish itself as a formative training program for young musicians.”

Music is a universal language. It doesn’t sound the way you think.
Anne Midgette, Washington Post | July 4, 2017

“Before the final set, all the choruses proceeded down the aisles of the Concert Hall, waving glow sticks, and took the stage, more than 300 strong, accompanied by an African drum, an Indian tabla and a Mongolian stringed instrument: perhaps the most genuinely international ensemble I’ve ever heard, apart from the Olympic Games.”

Classical Movements | “Moving the Music; Changing the World”
Janet Horvath, Interlude | July 1, 2107

“Have you ever wondered how entire orchestras and their staff are seamlessly moved from country to country when they are on tour? Neeta Helms and Classical Movements are the behind-the-scenes wizards who organize 55-70 symphony and choral tours each year.”

‘Everybody has a voice’: Festival finds the universal in choirs
Agence France-Presse | June 29, 2017

“The Serenade! festival in Washington is bringing together top-tier choirs from a dozen countries in a bid to show music’s universality — how the joy of singing together transcends cultures.”

Serenade festival celebrates JFK centennial by bringing together choral groups from around the world
Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2017

Concert review: BSO soars in season finale with Marin Alsop, Gil Shaham and a classical tribute to ‘The Wire’ theme song
Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2017

“The program opened with something new. ‘The Game,’ composed by Christopher Theofanidis, is the last of the BSO Centennial Commissions spearheaded by the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program. Dedicated to writer David Simon, the piece is based on a theme song used on his HBO show ‘The Wire’ — ‘Way Down in the Hole’ by Tom Waits.”

Inside the NSO’s grand return to Russia
Anne Midgette, Washington Post | April 7, 2017

“This was the 30th NSO tour led by the Alexandria-based company Classical Movements, which specializes in tours for orchestras and choruses. The two full-time staffers it sent to Russia were fully occupied with travel logistics. What do you do when most of the orchestra’s luggage fails to make a tight plane connection and the authorities insist all the musicians have to come out to the airport, with their passports, to claim their bags?” 

Meet the woman who is driving a new era of choral music in India
Adila Matra, India Today | March 22, 2017

Stranded Syrian Composer Lands Washington Job
Norman Lebrecht, Slipped Disc | March 1, 2017

“The Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh, who struggled to get back to his US home during the Trump travel ban, has been named composer-in-residence at Classical Movements.”

Back from Spain, SLSO looks back on a successful tour
Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch | February 25, 2017

“Notable among those vendors was Classical Movements, a company that plans and runs tours for orchestras and choirs. It’s an impressive outfit, in charge of the Minnesota Orchestra’s historic tour of Cuba last year; it also runs music festivals in places ranging from Washington, D.C., to South Africa, giving to local communities as well as helping musical ensembles.”

A Life of Music and Travel: Neeta Helms, Her Father, and His Legacy
Serenade Magazine | October 13, 2016

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