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“History mixed with great music”

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.
Reviewed 30 May 2014

My daughter and I enjoyed this show! It depicts the history of Charleston through song. Live performers wow the audience especially the African-American family singing traditional Southern songs and the opera singer singing songs from Porgy & Bess!

2  Thank Debora T
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buddyandbill, Owner at Sound of Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2014

Thanks for your review. We are sorry you were disappointed with the show. I would like to respond to two specific criticisms you make...(1) "The content is thin". - The show included exactly what was advertised, a 75 minute history of music in Charleston, including gospel spirituals, music of Gershwin, music of the Civil War, and light classics of the St. Cecelia Society. (2) "Historical connections were vague"...simply not true. Every historical connection mentioned by our host, William Schlitt, has been thoroughly researched and very specific. Unfortunately, this review suffers from the same vagueness that The Sound of Charleston is accused of being. Perhaps the reviewer could be more specific.

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

"From Gospel to Gershwin" says the program and Bill Schlitt, the musical director is a terrific storyteller, together with his team of musicians who told the history of Charleston in 72 minutes of wonderful music.

2  Thank NoyDy
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Unfortunately on the night we went to see this show both my girlfriend and I felt this show was not what we expected. After all the great reviews and the description of the show we were looking forward to a fun 90 musical performance. We read that they do historical, jazz and gospel music. We had operatic (which we don't personally care for) and the "southern" music was rather amateurish. The best part of the show which made the evening worth the money was the pure southern sole music at the very end of the performance.

1  Thank Judith W
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Performed throughout the year at the Circular Congregational Church, the Sound of Charleston is absolutely spectacular. The musicians are amazing -- their energy, spirit and commitment to continuing the history and music of this history-rich region makes this a "do not miss" experience. The church is an exceptional venue with history of its own, making the evening a personal and memorable experience.

3  Thank AdmiralJann
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

We attended the evening performance and enjoyed it. The program is only about 90 minutes and it moves along nicely, The performers are great musicians and the narrator, Bill, adds in the history of the music and how it relates to the region.
On a practical level -- allow some time to tour the historic cemetary next to the church, very interesting stories on some of the tomb stones. Parking is in the area, it can be a bit pricey even in the evening and there are places to eat near by.

2  Thank gfindlan
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