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Sound of Charleston

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Address: 150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
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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Wonderful Afternoon - well worth it

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 8, 2016
Matt R
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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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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San Francisco, California
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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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Solihull, England
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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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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Very nice way to spend an evening in Charleston. Music was very well done. From Opera to Gospel. Very entertaining music interwoven with the history of Charleston. Performers were excellent. Worth the $.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

A nice way to introduce yourself to Charleston. Historical and entertaining. Audience a bit older (my husband and I are 58 and we were by far the youngest ones there!) concert is 7- 8:15...make dinner reservations for 8:30...perfect night!

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Pasadena, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

This production provides a wonderful overview of the culture of Charleston through song. The talents in this production are phenomenal and are very adept at getting audience participation which adds to the fun of the evening. We were blown away.

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