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Sound of Charleston

Neighborhood: French Quarter
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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 marvelous attraction if you care about Charleston

Attended PORTRAITS of Charleston. In music. With Soul Music live and so week coordinated by William Schlitt, artistic director , singer, producer and educator. Presented as a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Ottawa, Ontario,CANADA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Attended PORTRAITS of Charleston. In music. With Soul Music live and so week coordinated by William Schlitt, artistic director , singer, producer and educator. Presented as a Playwright to an intimate audience. Trip Advisor should continue promoting such excellence, jointly with Restaurant review of nearby dining establishments.

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Perth, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This is a must go to for those interested in history and music. Set in the calm and welcoming Circular Church we experienced a lovely and interesting concert. The Artistic Director/musician/host is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable and fun, he makes the evening so fascinating. The musicians and singers are first rate and we sang and clapped to spirituals, gospel, Gershwin,... More 

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

Thank you for your very positive review. In the spirit of full disclosure, this reviewer attended a special benefit concert for Teachers Supply Closet, where most of the proceeds went to this great non profit. It is not the case that a portion of every show goes to charity. More 

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We had three generations in our party and ALL enjoyed! Such talented people from the music,the history,humor,energy,venue...AMAZING! I would recommend to anyone and will . I will definitely go again!

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Bell Buckle, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We tried to see this show on a pervious visit and didn't make it. We are so glad we did this time. It was phenomenal. It was January so a small crowd, but the performers put their all into it and gave us a tremendous show. The church is also beautiful. I would highly recommend a visit if they are... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Good 90 minute survey of Southern music with a very enthusiastic host; selections ranged from Vivaldi to Gershwin with Civil War sentiment and soulful spirituals too.

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James Island, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Just saw the Holiday Show for the Sound of Charleston and they really did it up! It is part history and real life drama experienced through the music of the times from the beginning of our country and continuing over the course of the various eras that followed. A very enjoyable time that helps you to truly experience the 300+... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I was looking for something special next to the end of year in Charleston. Good choice. A wonderful project, excellent music, nice story - very informative for visitors. Very cute place and a very homey atmosphere. Performers were exquisite, applauses were pretty heavy. It ended with some cookies and cider. A great evening in Charleston!

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Mason, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We enjoyed the show. The circular church is very unique. However the sound effect may not be great inside. My teenage daughter actually enjoyed and loved it.

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

Thanks for your feedback. The Circular Congregational Church is a beautiful and historic structure. In spite of its age, the acoustics are surprisingly good and we rarely receive complaints about sound. So glad your daughter enjoyed the show. More 

Silverdale, Washington
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I was expecting to hear something kind of boring. Was I wrong! It was a high energy performance spanning revolutionary to modern times. I would definitely do this again.

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Easton, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Expected the sounds of Christmas Holidays and it was the historic sounds. Could have been much better.

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

Thanks for your feedback. Our five holiday editions of The Sound of Charleston include several songs of the Christmas season that were heard within the context of Charleston's musical history. We never advertise it as a Christmas Show and always make it clear the show is the same as we perform throughout the year, but include some holiday selections. Sorry... More 

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