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Sound of Charleston

150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC (French Quarter)
(843) 270-4903
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Ranked #9 of 104 attractions in Charleston
Type: Performances
Owner description: Experience the sounds that define Charleston's musical history...from gospel to Gershwin. Each weekly live concert features music of the Civil War;... more » Owner description: Experience the sounds that define Charleston's musical history...from gospel to Gershwin. Each weekly live concert features music of the Civil War; light classics of the venerable St. Cecelia Society; the music of George Gershwin, who wrote "Porgy & Bess" during a summer in Charleston; gospel spirituals sung by slaves as they passed through the port of Charleston; and "Amazing Grace", the words of which were inspired in the composer, John Newton, while he worshipped in our host venue, Circular Congregational Church. Visit our website or call the box office for concert dates and ticket information. « less
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Meridian, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

While living in Charleston we waited until my mother came to visit. In her late 80's there are few activities that we all enjoy. The Sound of Charleston met the bill perfectly. The range of music, the very talented performers, and making the music come alive through the narration made all that better. Other than the music enjoyment, the historical... More

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Orleans, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This show is just good -- a little touristy, a little canned, definitely on the light side -- but worth the time and effort. For greater cultural gravitas, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra is the way to go.

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buddyandbill, Owner at Sound of Charleston, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. Our show is geared toward tourists and providing them with a short, 75 minute musical history of Charleston. The show is designed to be light. We are big fans of the Charleston Symphony and several CSO members perform in our show. Comparing the two, however, is apples and oranges. More

Hermiston, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We were disappointed in this show. The content was very thin and left us wishing we had spent our time elsewhere. While the presentation was enthusiastic the history connections were vague and seemed at least a stretch. The two brightspots were the Rhapsody in Blue on the piano and the Gospel portion. We would love to hear more of that.... More

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buddyandbill, Owner at Sound of Charleston, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We are sorry you were disappointed with the show. I would like to respond to two specific criticisms you make...(1) "The content is thin". - The show included exactly what was advertised, a 75 minute history of music in Charleston, including gospel spirituals, music of Gershwin, music of the Civil War, and light classics of the... More

Long Island, NY
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My daughter and I enjoyed this show! It depicts the history of Charleston through song. Live performers wow the audience especially the African-American family singing traditional Southern songs and the opera singer singing songs from Porgy & Bess!

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buddyandbill, Owner at Sound of Charleston, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We are sorry you were disappointed with the show. I would like to respond to two specific criticisms you make...(1) "The content is thin". - The show included exactly what was advertised, a 75 minute history of music in Charleston, including gospel spirituals, music of Gershwin, music of the Civil War, and light classics of the... More

Manila, Philippines
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

"From Gospel to Gershwin" says the program and Bill Schlitt, the musical director is a terrific storyteller, together with his team of musicians who told the history of Charleston in 72 minutes of wonderful music.

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Orleans, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Unfortunately on the night we went to see this show both my girlfriend and I felt this show was not what we expected. After all the great reviews and the description of the show we were looking forward to a fun 90 musical performance. We read that they do historical, jazz and gospel music. We had operatic (which we don't... More

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Marathon, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Performed throughout the year at the Circular Congregational Church, the Sound of Charleston is absolutely spectacular. The musicians are amazing -- their energy, spirit and commitment to continuing the history and music of this history-rich region makes this a "do not miss" experience. The church is an exceptional venue with history of its own, making the evening a personal and... More

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Elyria, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We attended the evening performance and enjoyed it. The program is only about 90 minutes and it moves along nicely, The performers are great musicians and the narrator, Bill, adds in the history of the music and how it relates to the region. On a practical level -- allow some time to tour the historic cemetary next to the church,... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We attended this wonderful evening during our visit to Charleston. It is held in the Circular Congregational Church which was within walking distance of The Jasmine House Inn where we were staying. I cannot imagine visiting Charleston without including this concert. It takes you "From Gospel to Gershwin" and by covering this spectrum, brings the flavour of Charleston and the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

i had read previous reviews and booked on the strength of those,BUT I WAS NOT PREPARED for the uplifting impression this fab concert made on us. The host Bill is amazing,his enthusiasm infectious,the soloists ALL SUPERB,with lots of pedigree.highly recommended :):)

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