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The Sound of Charleston

“From Gospel to Gershwin”

Charleston’s longest running musical production

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Good news! While we have cancelled our shows in September-November, we are planning to hold our Holiday Editions! Attendance will be limited, social distancing practiced (other than families/groups), masks will be encouraged, and thorough sanitation practices followed. Rest assured that our shows have no choral singing. The vocal soloists and instrumentalists who perform during the individual sets of the program will be 12 feet from the audience. Please come and enjoy The Sound of Charleston!!

Come and experience the music that helps define Charleston’s 350 year history…..gospel, Gershwin, Civil War, jazz, and light classics….in live concerts at historic Circular Congregational Church. Frommers Travel Guide says “the best night out in the city…a must see performance.”

About Us

Ten years ago, after reading visitor surveys and travel magazines say that history was a top reason people come to Charleston, we launched a new concert series we called The Sound of Charleston. 500 concerts later, visitors and locals are still flocking to Circular
Congregational Church to hear history coming to life through music performed by our finest professional musicians. Our shows entertain, educate, and evoke emotion through gospel spirituals, Civil War songs, Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess” and “Rhapsody in Blue”, jazz and light classics of the St. Cecelia Society. “Amazing Grace”, composed by John Newton after worshipping in our venue, concludes every show.

Why Our Concerts Hit a High Note with Our Guests

Worth Every Penny!

“I’ve been four times and I will go a fifth. The whole program is a wonderful introduction to Charleston via its musical heritage. Worth every penny and then some!"

– Svensota on TripAdvisor
TERRIFIC!

"Terrific show! Lively, entertaining, and poignantly relative to appreciating the musical soul of the city. Interesting venue and wide variety of musical presentations. Very centrally located for ease of access."

– Mark Mastersona on TripAdvisor
MAGNIFICENT!

"We thoroughly enjoyed this musical program intertwined with the history of Charleston. The host was enthusiastic and entertaining. The musicians very very talented...top notch! We would highly recommend it."

– Jayt580 on TripAdvisor
VERY MOVING

"It was so overwhelming to me! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The music just hit me right. Can’t wait to go again. Even my 17 year old son was moved. Brought tears to our eyes. Very inspirational plus the church itself is awesome. A “must go”!"

– Dooby619 on TripAdvisor