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“A total cultural experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sound of Charleston

Sound of Charleston
150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC (French Quarter)
(843) 270-4903
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Ranked #9 of 104 attractions in Charleston
Type: Performances
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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.
Hastings, Michigan
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“A total cultural experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

From the narrator to the music, this show is a delight. The circular church is worth seeing in and of itself and the acoustics are fantastic. The music traces the history of Charleston and the performers are top notch.. Highly recommended for all ages!

Visited April 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“A repeat performance, a must!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

On an earlier trip to Charleston, my husband and I experienced "Sound of Charleston." When we brought our 5 adult children back to the area for a family vacation, this was an itinerary "must do." Of all the things we would have enjoyed more than once, this topped the list.

Visited April 2013
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Bangor, Maine
2 reviews
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“Don't miss!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We happened to walk by the Circular Congregational Church and noticed the upcoming performance Fom Gospel to Gershwin. Such a wonderful way to spend our last night in Charleston. It was a musical history of Charleston with something for everyone. In addition to being treated to the performance of outstanding musicians, the unique setting of the circular church was an added bonus.

Visited February 2013
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West Melbourne, Florida
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“A Musical History of Charleston”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Held in Charleston 's Circular Congregational Church, this concert is not to be missed. The church itself is unique and beautiful with it's conical ceiling, built in 1749. The program is wonderfully narrated by Bill Schlitt who is a musician and vocalist. He narrates the historical aspect of what you will be hearing from the musicians and also performs. The St. Cecilia Society, a string quartet, played selections from Fuchs, Pachelbel (who lived in Charleston) & Haydn from the earliest period. Music from the Civil War period was presented with guitar, mandolin, banjo & mountain dulcimer. Spirituals were truly spiritual and performed by Ann Caldwell whose voice was mesmerizing. Audience participation was encouraged. A very talented Brandon Allen, sang portions from Porgy & Bess and the program ended with Amazing Grace written by John Newton who worshiped in this church. The audience joined in this last hymn. A totally unique and entertaining history of the area of Charleston, SC. If you visit this city, this is a must see. It was truly a highlight of our visit to Charleston. We were with a tour group so I don't know what the fee would be or if there is one.

Visited March 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Charleston entertainment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The evening's music included chamber music, Gullah songs, blues, and Civil War songs. The performers were outstanding, and the venue is an interesting old church. Great way to spend a Charleston evening.

Visited March 2013
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