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Sound of Charleston

150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC (French Quarter)
(843) 270-4903
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Ranked #49 of 195 Activities in Charleston
Type: Performances
Owner description: Experience the sounds that define Charleston's musical history...from gospel to Gershwin. Each...
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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; 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.

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Valley Stream, NY
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

its a wonderful program outlining the history of Charleston music. I would recommend it highly The Gullah part and the Rhapsody in Blue are excellent-the old historic is a little boring

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Kure Beach, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

75 minutes of music, history and entertainment at the lovely Circular Church. From the early Europeans, thru the Civil War and into modern times, Charleston can be known thru its music. Who knew Porgy & Bess was written in Charleston? Prepare to cry with the sax during the rendition of Summertime. DO NOT MISS THIS PERFORMANCE.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This performance beautifully tells the story of Charleston through its musical history. While all of the performers are accomplished, Ann Caldwell really stood out. One observation - it may be time to pass the torch to some younger artists (as people age, the voice does have its limits!) All in all a very heartfelt and memorable performance.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I read someone felt it was only for tourists but it's not. Nice museum, great venue and interesting for adults and children.

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Annandale, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

From Gershwin to Gospel with the Civil war thrown in. All wrapped around Charleston history. The host did an outstanding job of narration, introducing the performers, and the glue tying the music with hist. All performers were top notch.

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Waterbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

All of the shows could be different but the show we went to was great. It's in the Circular Congregational Church which is a beautiful setting. We weren't sure what to expect. It's really a historical show. William is a wonderful storyteller. Ghadi is an unbelievably talented piano player. Bart Saylor was amazing to listen too and has a mastery... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The circular church was beautiful and the started out like a history lesson which was OK but the music of Jenny Lynn and folk songs of the 1700's just wasn't my thing but when the gospel section of show started the audience woke up and rocked the church. The young man who sang selections from "Porky and Bess" was awesome.... More 

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

We thank the reviewer for her feedback. With regard to the first half of the program, our show is built on four major historical influences on Charleston's history....music of the St. Cecelia Society and Jenny Lind...music of the Civil War....gospel spirituals....and music of George Gershwin. As with any production, individual tastes of patrons dictate which parts of the show they... More 

Kailua, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

My husband and I went to see the Sound of Charleston at the Circular Congregational Church in October. We bought tickets well in advance because it does sell out. In fact, the night we went, it was sold-out. The show was good, but not exactly what I expected. I have to admit that my husband enjoyed it more than I... More 

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

We thank the reviewer for her feedback. I must, however disagree with the statement that "half of the show was opera-like singing". Recognizing that our artists change from show to show and not knowing which performance she attended in October, I would guess that she was at a show that featured a soprano singer doing music of the St. Cecelia... More 

New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

...by the music. Just an hour and a half of Charleston history told through music. A lovely way to experience this historic city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The pews and aisles of the historic Circular Congretational Church in historic Charleston, South Carolina were bathed in outstanding music as talented musical artists traced the history of this historic city over the last few centuries in a 75 minute program. Beginning with classic colonial and revolutionary numbers, William Schlitt kept the program progressing smoothly to the Civil War and... More 

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