Sound of Charleston
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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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Kathleen R
Shrewsbury, MA22 contributions
Mar 2022
We haven't been to an indoor concert for 2 years and this was a perfect way to get back into live music. The talented performers really gave the audience a wonderful overview of the music of Charleston's history. The acoustics of the church are so good that there isn't a bad seat in the house. We highly recommend attending one of these weekly 75-minute concerts.
Written March 29, 2022
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Cynthia P
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Oct 2022 • Couples
The expectation is that there will be more musical instruments and performers. The
Bright family was exceptional and very talented. They were a pleasant surprise. The gentleman that did the story telling was interesting but having only two people playing various parts was a bit limited. The performance by the other person singing from porgie and bass was excellent. The soprano was a substitute and not very good.
Written October 28, 2022
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Kevin
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Oct 2022 • Couples
WOW! Changed our dinner reservation At Magnolias ( overrated anyway) to attend Sound of Charleston. The diversity of music was amazing & enjoyable as they integrated music through time periods in Charleston history . Barry who played the Mandolin & Dulcimer was fabulous! The Brights-Guinevere, Genesis & Carl voices & piano playing was powerful, beautiful & amazing!
Written October 20, 2022
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RandR2
Fort Lee, NJ122 contributions
Mar 2022
Simply put: do not miss this. What a sensational evening of music of Charleston from songs to spirituals to Gershwin. In a totally amazing setting. Performed and narrated brilliantly by William Schlitt with a cast including musicians from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and remarkable vocalist Ann Caldwell. We came away feeling we really had a taste of the history and atmosphere of this community.
Written March 30, 2022
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Pat M
Stoughton, MA106 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Wonderful exploration of songs representative of the South from Civil and Revolutionary wars to gospel to Gershwin. The very talented host guides the 75 min show (no intermission) which includes a variety of equally talented musicians. Rev Carl Bright and family have incredible voices that rock the gospels. Very friendly staff. (It was raining so they allowed us all in early rather than having us stand in the rain. Much appreciated!) Not a bad seat in the Circular Congregational Church. Very entertaining, engaging and informative. Highly recommend.
Written March 25, 2022
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Desi P
8 contributions
Dec 2021
Beautiful music- but also a well told history and music from the eras. I do admit I expected more Christmas music, but the musicians were wonderful and the church is so beautiful. Everyone was friendly and seemed to really enjoy entertaining. They included having the audience sing parts and that was very fun.
Written December 26, 2021
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Ann W
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Sep 2021 • Couples
I was looking for a live performance and found this one online. We were not disappointed. The performers were so incredibly talented and the music selections were carefully chosen to highlight the history of Charleston. This was probably the highlight of our vacation in Charleston. I recommend this performance for all adults and music lovers. I believe some school age children would appreciate it as well. I should also mention that due to the architectural style of the church the acoustics were amazing.
Written September 30, 2021
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Susan K
7 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
We just loved this performance! The singers are so moving and uplifting. I really think this concert will appeal to a diverse crowd of people. The song selection was a sampling of songs from the South. We'll be booking this concert again. It's easy to navigate the area. We parked at the Cumberland Garage at 90 Cumberland St. Then, we ate dinner at Toast. Then, we walked to the church. All three of these places are super close. Arrive at the church early and explore the graveyard. It's the oldest in the area.
Written November 28, 2021
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Brian H
2 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Poor acoustics - host came across as yelling, some of music too quiet to hear and others amped to overwhelm the space. For Piccolo Spoleto, performance could have been more music and less host talking.

Performance was okay, but difficult to understand how it's rated #3 here. I was expecting so much more/better.
Written May 28, 2022
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Sorry our show did not meet your expectations. I too find it difficult to understand why we are rated number 3 as well. We should definitely be rated number 1 with the vast vast majority of 5 star ratings.
Written June 12, 2022
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gigimomma
Indianapolis, Indiana25 contributions
Apr 2022
This was an absolutely wonderful show. The stories told and the musicianship shared were really outstanding. Soprano, Aimie Morris, was fantastic in her portrayal of Jenny Lind. What an extraordinary voice! Bart Saylor and William Schlitt were engaging in their portrayal of civil war music. Ann Caldwell brought such depth of knowledge to her performance of spirituals and Dr. Brooks displayed amazing talent singing George Gershwin.

The Circular Congregational church is beautiful and provided such an intimate setting. We loved every minute of the performance. Music lovers and history buffs alike should put this on the top of their to-do list for a Charleston visit. Bravo to Mr. Schiltt and Maida Libkin for coordinating such a delightful evening!
Written May 7, 2022
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