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Sound of Charleston

150 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-2218
+1 843-270-4903
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A different tourist experience

We attended the April 26, 2017, performance. We purchased our tickets the day before the concert at... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2017
Jpamr5
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Richmond, Texas
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Lovely overview of Charleston's diverse musical heritage

This concert was an optional activity on my tour group's itinerary when we were in town in late... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2017
travelbug61
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Washington, DC
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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.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“william schlitt” (21 reviews)
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150 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-2218
French Quarter
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Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

We attended the April 26, 2017, performance. We purchased our tickets the day before the concert at the Visitors Center. Bill Schlitt is an entertaining host. Our favorite performer of the evening was Ann Caldwell. She has an excellent singing voice as well as storytelling....More

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buddyandbill, Owner at Sound of Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2017

Thanks for your very positive review of The Sound of Charleston. The St. Cecelia Society (classical music) section of the show is designed to last about 18 minutes out of the 75 minute total. That's pretty close to what Jessica's pieces lasted.

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Reviewed 2 May 2017

This concert was an optional activity on my tour group's itinerary when we were in town in late March, and those of us who decided to attend agreed that it was one of the highlights of our three days in Charleston. I loved the intimate...More

2  Thank travelbug61
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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

From classical to civil war tunes to Jazz. Excitement and energy of this concert raised the roof of the old Congregational church. A must see event for any music lover.

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Reviewed 12 April 2017

We attended the April 8 show - and it was just wonderful. All of the musicians seemed to be truly having fun and had a deep love for the music and the history. The highlight was the Gershwin for 4 hands - the standing ovation...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

I saw the sign outside the church and thought we should give it a try since I wanted to experience as much of Charleston as we could. We loved it! From the vibrant narrator to the end where we all sang Amazing Grace... This is...More

Thank Andrea V
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

Our brother-in-law took us out for a night on the town to the Sounds of Charleston last night, March 22nd, 2017. What an outstanding performance by a group of talented musicians and singers. This is live music at its best. Beautiful Venue at the Circular...More

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Reviewed 17 March 2017

...that's what I experienced with the amazing gospel singers; voices that filled the round church venue. The standing ovation for all the performers was well deserved. A wonderful experience of talented musicians and rich history.

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

We really enjoyed this concert. Professionally done, delightfully entertaining and moving. Well worth the time and money.

Thank Carolyn K
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buddyandbill, Owner at Sound of Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2017

Thanks for your positive review. I am wondering, however, why you gave us only one star out of five. Perhaps you reversed the rating scale?

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Reviewed 10 March 2017

This show takes on the significant challenge of presenting the long music history of Charleston. The very enthusiastic and talented narration and quality of music presented make for a very enjoyable evening. An excellent variety of music is presented. First time visitors and long time...More

Thank Joe M
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

This event was presented as if it would offer all sorts of variety of music, including Gullah. We had two Gospel songs and a wonderful dual piano version of Gershwin's tune from Porgy and Bess. The rest was 2 men (as pictured) singing some local...More

Thank jrey492003
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buddyandbill, Owner at Sound of Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2017

Thanks for your feedback. I am sorry you were disappointed with the performance. You obviously were then not part of the two standing ovations and cheering crowd at the end of the show. I must, however, correct several inaccuracies in your review. We do promise...More

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We like the Mills house . It may be a bit pricey, but the atmosphere is nice and we usually get a salad and burger. Check out Gaulart &Maliclet a little french place a few blocks. There are so many restaurants you can't go... More
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I apologize and will fix that situation. Please call me at 843.270.4903 anytime. Bill
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