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Sound of Charleston

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Neighbourhood: French Quarter
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Address: 150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
Phone Number: +1 843-270-4903

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. Visit our website or call the box office for concert dates and ticket information.

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Phenomenal entertainment!

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... read more

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Bremerton, WA
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Bremerton, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wow! What a treat! A blend of unique talented musicians coming together to perform a beautiful concert with a variety of music and a historical Charleston theme. This will be a priority on my list when I visit Charleston again! A MUST SEE!

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Mayfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I read all the other reviews and my best advice is: YOU must experience it; we did! One of the performers was the mayor of Charleston himself. He played the piano and sang; he is VERY GOOD, not a fill in. Rich jazz background. But he wasn't the real star. Starting with Suzanne Flemming Atwood, the classical gal, emcee Bill... More 

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Benson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

The performance was very moving and ending with the entire church singing "Amazing Grace," brought tears. It was the highlight of my trip to Charleston, SC. I will remember it always.

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Maleny, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We went last night.What a wonderful performance.The setting is absolutely fabulous.The circular Congregational church in Meeting St.Worth a visit at show time.

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Charleston. SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Over the years, we have attended many programs by Bill Schlitt and his wife, Maida Libkin. Any of their productions turn into musical magic, and this one is no exception. Tracing music from Charleston's earliest musical society to George Gershwin to spirituals is performed with talented, trained musicians. A story weaves all of this together and includes audience participation -... More 

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