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Sound of Charleston

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Address: 150 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-2218
Phone Number: (843) 270-4903

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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The performance was very moving and ending with the entire church singing "Amazing Grace," brought tears. It was the highlight of my trip to Charleston, SC. I will remember it... read more

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Benson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The performance was very moving and ending with the entire church singing "Amazing Grace," brought tears. It was the highlight of my trip to Charleston, SC. I will remember it always.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went last night.What a wonderful performance.The setting is absolutely fabulous.The circular Congregational church in Meeting St.Worth a visit at show time.

Charleston. SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

Over the years, we have attended many programs by Bill Schlitt and his wife, Maida Libkin. Any of their productions turn into musical magic, and this one is no exception. Tracing music from Charleston's earliest musical society to George Gershwin to spirituals is performed with talented, trained musicians. A story weaves all of this together and includes audience participation -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

This was a wonderful afternoon - with great musical talent - that offered to a new perspective on Charlston's history and role across several eras of music!

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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

The setting is quite unique in a circular church. It dates back to the mid 1700's. There is a wonderfully gifted man who led the story and also played and sang. The music covers gospel, Gershwin ((Porgy and Bess spectacular piano solo), low country, slave music, and jazz. One musician plays about six or seven string instruments.....all with equal skill.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

The sounds of Charleston was a most enjoyable concert/ history lesson that intertwined the history of the area with the music that made it so rich and memorable. The mc/ singer/ musician/ narrator was so enthusiastic that's you could not help listen attentively white he spoke .. The misgivings and the musicians were all top shelf. It was a wonderfully... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

Excellent performers, good variety, lovely venue. Highly recommend for overview of music of the area. Good central location.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

$27 a ticket gives you a 75 minute magical musical tour of Charleston. Starting with two classical pieces, songs from the civil war, some Gospel, then throwing Porgy and Bess in for good measure. All done in a beautiful setting that makes for an enjoyable time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

One of the best musical evenings EVER! You'll want to make reservations to hear the very entertaining story about southern American music and listen to extremely talented musicians and singers for slightly more than an hour. Sadly, it was over far too soon! In an old church and a true highlight of our visit to Charelston!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

From Gospel to Gershwin. The performers were excellent. Ann Caldwell is a marvel singing Gospel. Her rendition of Swing low, sweet chariott is so good. Her explanation of how it was used to help slaves escape was touching. William Schlitt conveys the history of Charleston through its music with such enthusiasm. There were many well deserved standing ovations. And the... More 

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