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Sound of Charleston

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Neighbourhood: French Quarter
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Address: 150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
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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. 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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I'm a local who never got around to doing this until I had visitors. So glad I did! This is a great thing to do for a different experience in our city. A little history and a lot... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a local who never got around to doing this until I had visitors. So glad I did! This is a great thing to do for a different experience in our city. A little history and a lot of talent in a 75 min program. Highlight: finest performance of Rhapsody in Blue I have ever heard. Pianist moved me to... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We made the only show in January – – but the performance was still very refined it and entertaining. All the performances were superb. The highlights, of course, were the spirituals and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. The finale of Amazing Grace triggered chills down our spines. A great complement to a Charleston visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Awesome show. Great singing. Many different styles. Would definitely go again. Andrew Jamison is the best singer!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

If you want to learn about the history of Charleston combined with the talents of music....this is your place. It's a 1 hour 15 min. show in the Circular Congregational Church located off of King Street. It's a small church and the acoustics for the music was wonderful. The talent was quite impressive. They have this show year round.....buy your... More 

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Pottsville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

wonderful concert..from the MC to the individual performers, this program will have you wanting more! You need to schedule this in your itinerary to understand the quality of talent in Charleston! You will not be disappointed!

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Bremerton, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

A thoroughly enjoyable program featuring a baritone singing 3 familiar operatic pieces, gospel music provided by members of the very talented Britt family, Civil War era tunes, and some jazz. Master of Ceremonies Bill Schritt is an enthusiastic showman and his banjo/country dulcimer/guitar/mandolin playing partner were a lot of fun. Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" for four hands was a powerful... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Literally, the music spans from colonial times through Gershwin, focusing on music related to Charleston. The best part was the gospel - if that did get you wanting to stand and clap, nothing will. The pieces were all a good length and the whole show was just 75 minutes. Perfect. You will never hear a version of Amazing Grace like... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

What a treat this was! The Sound of Charleston is a history of Charleston though music. It started with classical music performed by the principal flutist from the Symphony and moved onward to jazz with music Gershwin. It was beautifully narrated. One of the highlights was the spirituals. The mayor of Charleston was the pianist for the jazz segment and... More 

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Wrentham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

This was one of my favorite things to do in Charleston. It is a very unique musical experience that takes you through the history of Charleston through music. It is cleverly narrated and sung with music from the 18th century to the 20th century. The voices are outstanding and be sure to bring some tissue. It is a very moving... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Staged in the Circular Congregational Church in the centre of Charleston, this 75 minute show is a treat. Superb performers chart the history of music in the city over three centuries, ranging from light classical to Civil War and slave songs and, on this occasion, a virtuoso solo acoustic piano rendition of Rhapsody In Blue (Gershwin wrote Porgy and Bess... More 

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