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About Classical Movements

The premier concert tour company for the world’s great orchestras and choirs, Classical Movements creates meaningful cultural experiences through music in 145 countries. An industry leader for over a quarter-century, Classical Movements fully understands both the travel and the performance needs of professional symphonies and choruses, as well as conservatory, university and youth ensembles.

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Neeta Helms, Founder and President

Born in Bombay to a musical family, Neeta Helms studied piano from the age of four, singing in public and in various choirs since age five. Neeta holds a B.A. in economics and an M.B.A. from the leading universities in India. Since 1992, she has built up Classical Movements into one of the premier music touring companies of the world—certainly the most diverse—offering services to world-class orchestras and choruses, world-renowned conductors, composers and soloists, as well as numerous celebrated institutions. Taking on some of the most complicated and pioneering projects, Neeta has led trailblazing tours to Cuba, Vietnam, South Africa and to Russia, only a year after the fall of the Soviet Union. Neeta has also brought the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra to Washington, D.C. and organized the first-ever YouTube Symphony Orchestras, in both New York and Sydney. Having travelled to over 90 countries, she’s forged relationships with leaders worldwide. Neeta speaks English and Hindi fluently, as well as basic German and French. Her greatest passion, outside of work, is spending time with her boys, Remy and Maxim. Apart from travel, family and friends, she loves reading, music, politics and her garden.

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Alex Plueckhan, Festival Manager

Prior to joining Classical Movements, Alex Plueckhan spent a lot of time traveling the globe, living in six countries before returning to the United States, her birth country, in 2013. Fluent in English, German, Spanish and conversational in Portuguese, Alex lived most of her life as a German citizen, where she earned her B.A. in Languages, Literature and Culture. Learning the violin as a teenager, she realized that she preferred to work with musicians, rather than becoming one, herself. In fact, Alex’s professional background is in youth orchestra management and programming with El Sistema-inspired programs. In her free time, Alex loves to dance salsa and is a firm believer that chocolate makes her happy, no matter what.

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