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Sound of Charleston

150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC (French Quarter)
(843) 270-4903
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Ranked #6 of 103 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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Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We went April 9 and one of the "acts" didn't perform. The family wasn't on stage, so we couldn't see them. The church is interesting. I did expect more from what I had read so I was disappointed in that there wasn't more variety. I think it is overpriced also. This was not a highlight for our time in Charleston.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Maybe I expected too much after reading other reviews, but I was disappointed. I thought it was somewhat boring until the African American family came out to sing. That was the best part. It was not worth $28, especially being at a church. I think $15 would be enough. Of all the things we did in Charleston, this was the... More

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

We thank the reviewer for her feedback on the Sound of Charleston. Although the other 300 people attending the same sold out concert at Circular Church that night rose to give a rousing standing ovation at the end of the performance, we recognize that a few will always be disappointed and we apologize if the show did not meet her... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

I bought tickets on line prior to our visit. I wanted to do something special and unique to Charleston, this was it. The Circular Congregational Church was beautiful, and the entertainment unique. It combined lessons and events in Charleston history and the music of those periods, including gospel, jazz and folk music. The singing was wonderful and the finale was... More

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Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
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5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We really enjoyed the concert of selections from Charleston's musical past: classical, Civil War, spirituals, and Gershwin. And the group sing of Amazing Grace was very moving (and I'm Jewish).

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We heard about this "must see" event on Trip Advisor so we changed our dinner reservations and went here first. It was pleasant -- with a variety of music demonstrated: opera, folk music, gospel and Gershwin. The emcee was full of energy and the instruments used were interesting: guitar, banjo, mandolin... There was a family (Rev., mother, daughter) who performed... More

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

An entertaining and enjoyable concert in a historic church. They got the audience engaged and it was just the right amount of time. Recommend for music lovers.

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

We thank the reviewer for her feedback and for changing her dinner plans to make it to the show. We are also sorry that the performance apparently did not meet her expectations. We were surprised that after complimenting each of the artists in the show, she described it as "amateur community theatre", however that is her opinion (fortunately not shared... More

Cynthiana,Ky
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We really enjoyed the music. The participants were excellent and left us wanting to hear more, very impressive credentials. The building is unique and historically interesting(as can be said about most of old Charleston). The seating is general admission so get there when the doors open. The wooden bench pews will take their toll but the program is not so... More

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Salt Lake City
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Nobody we talked to knew about this--hotel, tour guide, drivers, shopkeepers. It is a very well kept secret. If not for Trip Advisor, we would have not seen this great experience. A handful of players covered four types of music known in Charleston: Baroque, folk, gospel and Gershwin. The players were uniformly excellent. The host had interesting stories about Charleston.... More

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Frederick, Maryland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The production venue was the round church which is a delight in and of itself. Too bad it was a rainy night, I would have enjoyed exploring the outside. (Sorry I don't recall the name or denomination of the church.) There were several musicians and vocalists sharing the music of Charleston from different periods of history. The only thing that... More

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Gatineau, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

A musical melange of different styles of music with some history lessons thrown in as well. The performers are certainly very good and are willing to stay and chat after the performance. As a tourist experience it gets top marks. Serious music lovers going to enjoy a concert who have already got their history fix at other attractions would find... More

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