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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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WOW!!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Rochester NY
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Rochester NY
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

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
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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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Ottawa, Ontario,CANADA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

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

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
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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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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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