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Sound of Charleston

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Address: 150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
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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. Frommers Travel Guide says, "the best night out in Charleston...a must see performance. Visit our website or call the box office for concert dates and ticket information.

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Amazing Concert

From classical to civil war tunes to Jazz. Excitement and energy of this concert raised the roof of the old Congregational church. A must see event for any music lover.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Keith F
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

From classical to civil war tunes to Jazz. Excitement and energy of this concert raised the roof of the old Congregational church. A must see event for any music lover.

Thank Keith F
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended the April 8 show - and it was just wonderful. All of the musicians seemed to be truly having fun and had a deep love for the music and the history. The highlight was the Gershwin for 4 hands - the standing ovation was completely deserved and brought chills! Worth your time!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I saw the sign outside the church and thought we should give it a try since I wanted to experience as much of Charleston as we could. We loved it! From the vibrant narrator to the end where we all sang Amazing Grace... This is a must do if you're visiting Charleston. Performers were top notch and the venue was... More 

Thank Andrea V
Enfield, Connecticut
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our brother-in-law took us out for a night on the town to the Sounds of Charleston last night, March 22nd, 2017. What an outstanding performance by a group of talented musicians and singers. This is live music at its best. Beautiful Venue at the Circular Congregational Church.

Thank charlescarroll1965
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 16, 2017

...that's what I experienced with the amazing gospel singers; voices that filled the round church venue. The standing ovation for all the performers was well deserved. A wonderful experience of talented musicians and rich history.

Thank Ellie S
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed March 16, 2017

We really enjoyed this concert. Professionally done, delightfully entertaining and moving. Well worth the time and money.

Thank Carolyn K
buddyandbill, Owner at Sound of Charleston, responded to this review

Thanks for your positive review. I am wondering, however, why you gave us only one star out of five. Perhaps you reversed the rating scale? More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed March 10, 2017

This show takes on the significant challenge of presenting the long music history of Charleston. The very enthusiastic and talented narration and quality of music presented make for a very enjoyable evening. An excellent variety of music is presented. First time visitors and long time residents of Charleston will appreciate learning about this city's cultural history and music. I left... More 

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Reviewed March 4, 2017

This event was presented as if it would offer all sorts of variety of music, including Gullah. We had two Gospel songs and a wonderful dual piano version of Gershwin's tune from Porgy and Bess. The rest was 2 men (as pictured) singing some local songs. We felt shortchanged as the presentation left us to expect much more.

Thank jrey492003
buddyandbill, Owner at Sound of Charleston, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. I am sorry you were disappointed with the performance. You obviously were then not part of the two standing ovations and cheering crowd at the end of the show. I must, however, correct several inaccuracies in your review. We do promise a variety of music of and that is what we delivered...light classics, gospel, Gershwin, and... More 

Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
Reviewed March 2, 2017

Locals and visitors alike, if you haven't experienced Sound of Charleston, you are missing out. Superb and moving performances from all of the artists. I am a local who attended for the first time. It won't be my last.

Thank Lynne P
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Reviewed February 24, 2017

A little sad I had not gone before yesterday because this is a show worth seeing again and again. Each of the five performers were very talented and entertaining. From a thrilling 4-handed rendition of RHAPSODY IN BLUE to wonderful old spirituals and more, this was a perfect night out in historic Charleston.

Thank Jane J

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