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Sound of Charleston

150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC (French Quarter)
(843) 270-4903
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Ranked #6 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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Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We recently attended the Wednesday performance at the Circular Congregational Church and although good, it could have been better with the main director and upbeat, enthusiastic host using a mic all times. Sometimes it was difficult to hear his commentary. The variety was good and the performers were excellent, but the lighting and staging could have used some improvement since... More

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

Thank you for the valuable feedback. Most of the reviewer's comments have to do with sound, lighting, and staging of the Sound of Charleston. As I have mentioned in other management responses, our show is staged in a Church that dates back 300 years, the current structure being 150 years old. It is an old and historic structure and is... More

Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the concert at the Circular Church. The variety of music was good--from Southern traditional, to jazz to classical to gospel, and the voices and accompaniment were lovely. The building itself was worth a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

My husband and I were searching for an indoor activity because of the weather forecast. Sound of Charleston fit the bill, and what a wonderful experience it was!The musicians are extremely talented and entertaining. Make time in your itinerary for Sound of Charleston. You won't be disappointed.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

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

Thanks for your feedback. I believe this reviewer accompanied the other reviewer from Chicago whose review I commented on and obviously also disliked the show. I am happy she did not rate it as poor, since 300 other patrons at the same performance rose to give it a sustained standing ovation at the end. Perhaps they left early to return... More

Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

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

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 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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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
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13 helpful votes 13 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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