The Sound of Charleston

Why We Love This

  • A repertoire from colonial times to the jazz age
  • Frequently varied roster of musicians
  • Beautiful, historic setting in Circular Congregational Church

The Sound of Charleston

Experience the sounds that define Charleston, and its unique southern charm-gospel, Gershwin, Gullah spirituals, music of the Civil War- all coming to life in sacred and historic spaces during an unforgettable 75-minute live concert.

What You'll Do

Did you know the words for the famous and spiritual Amazing Grace were inspired by the author, John Newton, while worshipping at Circular? For over three centuries, Charleston's musical heritage has been as diverse as the people who've claimed the area as their home. Travel back in time, through song, and listen to haunting spirituals that were sung by slaves first arriving into Charleston's ports. Listen to hymns frequented at Civil War camp sites. Pieces such as Amazing Grace and the Canon are wonderfully connected to the history of Charleston and are performed with a charm unique to Charleston. Also, not to be forgotten, Porgy and Bess, inspired and composed in Charleston by the incomparable George Gershwin.

Insider Tips

All concerts will be staged in the beautiful and historic Circular Congregational Church which is a National Historic Landmark and a Charleston treasure.

Age & Fitness

All ages welcome. Family friendly.

Meeting Location

Circular Congregational Church - 150 Meeting Street. Charleston, SC 29401

What Should I Bring

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When To Arrive

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. The earlier you arrive, the better your seat selection!


There are multiple parking garages in the area.

Handicap Accessible


Cancellations & Refunds

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"Sounds of Charlestown was great"

May 19, 2016 - 

An authentic taste of the culture

"Great way to spend an evening in Charleston"

April 7, 2016 - 

Thoroughly enjoyed the musical performances and highly recommend this experience to others.

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