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“Just a must.”

Sound of Charleston
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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.
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Just a must.”
Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

Engaging... From the moment your musical journey begins, you are captivated by the sounds, stories, anecdotes, and quotes that enlace the entire experience... My fiddle and banjo off to Mr. Savoy for his musical mastery and for keeping folk music and its instruments alive and well... Simply put, the sound of charleston is just a must.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Delightful”
Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

Went here on our first night in Charleston. Looked interesting. Well it was great. In a beautiful old church and the performers were great. There was a wonderful soprano (I don't follow opera) and she had an incredible voice. There were people of all ages in the audience. It was a great treat. Highly recommend you experience it

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Great Music and History”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

My husband and I are first time visitors to Charleston. In searching for evening activities, we came upon this. Charleston history explained so enthusiastically by Bill, co-director, as it influenced music. Very talented group of singers and musicians who performed classical, gospel, jazz, etc. Music/songs were very inspirational. Would highly recommend..

Visited November 2013
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Fishkill
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“If You're In Charleston - Go to this Concert!”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

This concert uses music to portray Charleston's history and culture. The quality of the performers rivals any concert hall in the world's most cultured cities.

The program was designed around different historical eras.

> The St. Cecilia Society of Charleston, South Carolina, named for the traditional patron saint of music, was formed in 1766 as a private subscription concert organization. Renown soprano, Margaret Kelly Cook sang songs from that era by Purcell and Handel as well as numbers popularized by "The Swedish Nightingale", Jenny Lind in the 1850's.

> Civil War songs highlighted the tragic suffering, longing, and spirit of brothers fighting against each other. Bart Saylor played banjo, lute, dulcimer, and guitar to accompany poignant songs rendered by him and MC William Schlitt.

> The dreadful tribulations of slavery were honored by a set of spirituals. The Reverend Carl Bright and his daughter sang with passion, sensitivity, and humor.

> Pianist John Tecklenburg and saxophonist Lonnie Hamilton, III presented a jazz tribute to Gershwin and Duke Ellington.

My wife and I joined the standing room only audience in cheering the performers time and again. The Circular Congregation Church is a majestic setting for this memorable concert.

We urge you to attend and relish the inspirational music.

Visited November 2013
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Douglasville, Georgia
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“Very talented folks in this show.”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

This whole production tells a great story about the evolution of South Carolina. The artists are extremely talented at what they do, be it singing, or playing various instruments. The program is only 75 minutes. Recommended.

Visited November 2013
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