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Sound of Charleston

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Address: 150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
Phone Number: (843) 270-4903
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Description: Experience the sounds that define Charleston's musical history...from...
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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A don't miss evening..

The program was very interesting and the music phenomenal. The evening that we were there, the music was all about Charleston. There were selections of favorites from the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Lynne J
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

The program was very interesting and the music phenomenal. The evening that we were there, the music was all about Charleston. There were selections of favorites from the Colonial Period, the Civil War era, and several Gershwin favorites, including the most incredible piano performance of Rhapsody in Blue that I've ever heard.

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

Thanks for the positive review. Just to clarify, all performances of Sound of Charleston highlight the music of Charleston's history. Artists and selections vary from performance to performance, but every show includes gospel spirituals, music of Gershwin, music of the Civil War, as well as selections from the era of the St. Cecelia Society. More 

new jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

My wife and I live in Charleston but had never been. So when my wife's mother came to visit we went and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The artists are as good as you would hear in any city. They study in New York, Cleveland etc., and come back home to perform. There are a large number of performers on the... More 

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White Marsh, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Walking past the Circular Congregational Church in Charleston, a poster advertised the Sound of Charleston. This was an unexpected and enlightening opportunity to learn the history of this wonderful Southern city through storytelling and music led by William Schlitt. My wife and I highly recommend the Sound of Charleston to anyone who loves music and history and is interested in... More 

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Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The church is beautiful, there isn't a bad seat in the house, and the music was a lot of fun, with some good stories mixed in. I would put this on your list of things to do if visiting for a few days.

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Rochester NY
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16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

this was incredible from beginning to end. bill schlitt, the mc and performer in the civil war section of the program, was so full of enthusiasm for what was being presented throughout the concert. bart saylor, also in the civil war section, was extraordinary on the stringed instruments. the spirituals section got everyone either teared up or rocking. it was... More 

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Southgate, Michigan
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

High energy, solid performances, excellent voices, great value for the dollar are but a few of the highlights for this musical journey thru the history of Charlestown (Charleston S.C.). On this night, seven different performers took the stage, to guide us along the way as Charleston grew and suffered . A wonderful gospel presentation and a star "Porky" rendition raised... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The Sound of Charleston is handicapped Accessible through a ramp entering the back of the historic building. It is only about one block from parking and the entrance takes you past the historic graveyard. While we did not see specific handicapped seating, we sat comfortably in the back in our wheelchair. The venue is small enough and acoustics good enough... More 

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Dundas, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is a MUST see!! The narrator, the musicians, the program all brilliant. Clever journey through a painful past using lessons of culture, war, slavery, etc through music and narration. I still cannot believe how moved I was, as was the rest of the audience. Sad lessons taught through the lively spirit of music. You cannot leave without feeling the... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Caught an evening performance on March 11th based on the schedule on the church fence as we walked Charleston. We thoroughly enjoying the performance. If you are looking for something truly local, we would really recommend this.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The weaving of music and history is done in an entertaining way. All performers were accomplished and transitions between time periods were smooth. The Rhapsody in Blue performance brought down the house!!

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