Sound of Charleston
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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  • Robbie V
    Austin, Texas42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Magnificent and Moving Charleston Experience
    We and everyone else in the audience were moved to tears, thrills, and laughter during The Sound of Charleston performance. Although the show is In an intimate church setting, we felt we could be in any grand venue, entertained by talented, happy, and fun performers. Treat yourself and anyone else you can pull to The Sound of Charleston. Everyone will thank you for a performance you will never forget.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 15, 2023
  • Nikhil P
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique music and history
    Excellent history, music, performers, who kept the audience rapt and involved. Would highly recommend attending this unique performance in the historic, intimate setting of the Circular Church. The performers are excellent and the narrator is clearly a passionate actor and historian!! Go watch and hear.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 6, 2023
  • GoldenGourmand
    59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So glad we found out about this!
    We happened to walk by the Circular Congregational Church and saw a poster for this concert. What a treat! In about 80 minutes we enjoyed a musical journey of Charleston from Revolutionary War times to George Gershwin. The gospel music of the enslaved was performed as well as music from the Civil War days. The church is magnificent with so much history including when in 1749 John Newton worshipped there and later wrote "Amazing Grace."
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Joe Maniscalco
    Greenville, South Carolina14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see event!
    Absolutely fabulous. From the excellent story telling and guitar playing from Bill Schlitt to the wonderful vocalist and various musicians (Aimee Morris, Ghadi Shayban, Maida Libkin and Bart Saylor) it was an enchanting performance. But the performance of the Bright family musicians simply was something to appreciate and not forget anytime soon. This was evident by all who were there to witness as a standing ovation followed their performance. Hats off to The Sound of Charleston!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 30, 2023
  • Rebecca S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see show!
    This is an incredible performance of live music. The talent is amazing and the clever storyline gives audience members a taste of Charleston history through music. Whether you are a local or visitor, this is a show not to be missed!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 23, 2023
  • idk
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oh Happy Days
    The Bright Family singers are absolutely phenomenal! Our only complaint was we wished it had gone on for hours!!! Music that just reaches into your soul and every note spellbinding. They truly are inspirational. We would absolutely recommend Oh Happy Days to anyone wanting a spiritual experience. Can't wait to see it again and again.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 27, 2024
  • Rosie R
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Evening of Talent
    Outstanding and so entertaining. All of the performers were excellent . From the beginning of Bill Schlitt’s opening until the last note on the piano it kept me spellbound. I will go back many times and recommend to our locals the talent we have right here. Thank you for a magical evening of entertainment.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 16, 2024
  • Ghostrainchaser
    Highlands Ranch, Colorado257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Quiet musical respite from the busy day of tourism in seeing Charleston.
    A Quiet respite of historical musical whether classical or Charleston related. This evening selections were from Mozart and Handel to Civil War shanties to Slave Spirituals and closing with Gershwin and Amazing Grace. The setting for the music was the historic Circular Congregational Church with a lot of history in it self and the church cemetery. It was a peaceful ending to busy day of learning history first hand Charleston.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 18, 2024
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Ann W
Franklin, TN1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Desi P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Susan K
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Amy E
Mount Pleasant, SC210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This is so worth in my book to attend. It offers story telling of the history of Charleston incorporated with songs in connection to the stories. The talent they bring in varies each night they have their performances and it's all top notch. We've attended this concert 3-4 times annually and it's such a lovely occasion. As for parking there is the Cumberland parking garage around the corner....very convenient. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Written December 24, 2022
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RandR2
Fort Lee, NJ127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, MA105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Nikhil P
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Excellent history, music, performers, who kept the audience rapt and involved. Would highly recommend attending this unique performance in the historic, intimate setting of the Circular Church. The performers are excellent and the narrator is clearly a passionate actor and historian!! Go watch and hear.
Written October 6, 2023
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Robbie V
Austin, TX42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We and everyone else in the audience were moved to tears, thrills, and laughter during The Sound of Charleston performance. Although the show is In an intimate church setting, we felt we could be in any grand venue, entertained by talented, happy, and fun performers. Treat yourself and anyone else you can pull to The Sound of Charleston. Everyone will thank you for a performance you will never forget.
Written September 15, 2023
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Cynthia P
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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PJCapers
Salisbury, NC60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
What talent! We got seats in the third row near the piano and the event took us on a musical tour of the history of Charleston SC that truly moved us. The narrator enthusiastically introduced each phase of the event and wove it into the local history of the Holy City that was amazing and heart warming. Selections were very representative of the era and performers had unique talents. Goober Peas to Gershwin, clarinetist’s duet with piano, a family belting out spirituals, brought us all to our feet a number of times. The setting and the musical experience were a highlight of our Charleston holiday visit.
Written January 1, 2023
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