We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Pleasant Evening of Music”

Sound of Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: 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.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Level Contributor
71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Pleasant Evening of Music”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

On a recent trip to Charleston, we happened upon information about "The Sound of Charleston" and decided to see what it was all about. We attended a Wednesday night performance at the Circular Congregational Church which started at 7:00 p.m. The church filled up quickly and we would recommend arriving 20-30 minutes ahead to choose your seating. We parked in a parking garage nearby to the church and had an early dinner at the restaurant, Fig, which we walked to from the garage, just a couple of blocks away (and which is a great little restaurant anytime you are in Charleston for lunch or dinner.) Tickets for the concert were $28.00 for adults and $26.00 for seniors. The show was about an hour and 20 minutes long and showcased a variety of music and performers from classical (Fuchs, Pachelbel and Haydn) to Civil War music to Gospel Spirituals to Gershwin ( selections from Porgy and Bess). The performers were excellent and the host who wove the story of the music together with local history did a fine job. Definitely worth the time if you want something a little different performed in a historic setting.

Visited October 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank lifetravelernow
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

372 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    279
    66
    20
    4
    3
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
River Falls, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Remarkable!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

The exectricity in the downtown area went out, but the concert continued with ambieance provided by candles! The experience ranged from the dramatic to Gershwin and Bach to jazz, Civil War songs, gospel and Amazig Grace. It truely was a wonderful experience that takes place in the Circular Congregational Church. Oh is was memorable!

Visited October 2013
Helpful?
Thank Stephanie H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Charleston, South Carolina
Level Contributor
40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

Very enjoyable dance through a musical history of Charleston. Money & time well spent! The performances were first rate. The venue of the historic Circular Church is also very fitting and adds to the overall experience.

Visited September 2013
Helpful?
Thank corieapple
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Illinois
Level Contributor
42 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Wonderful evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

This show is not to be missed. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Each segment was unique and special.Our favorite group was the Bright family of gospel singers. What talent those people have. We would highly recommend this show for a pleasant evening.

Visited October 2013
Helpful?
Thank mtascp
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kingston, NH
Level Contributor
56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“History through Live Music”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

The Sound of Charleston Is a wonderful musical history of Charleston from Gospel to Gershwin. Located in the Circular Congregational Church on Meeting St., the sound is unique with southern charm. The performers change, but the sound and the theme stay the same. This is a fast 75 min. show that includes a historical narration that ties the music together. While there is hardly a bad seat, the seating is open, so arrive 1/2 hr before the start.

Visited September 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank T D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Sound of Charleston also viewed

Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
 
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
 

Been to Sound of Charleston? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing