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Keep your ears open for a new series that celebrates three centuries of musical history in Charleston. The Sound of Charleston, which debuts Oct. 14 at the Circular Congregational Church, features a diverse lineup of jazz, gospel, Gershwin, Gullah, spirituals, Civil War songs, and Colonial-era classics, all set in some of the city’s most historic spaces.

Bill Perry and Yvonne Evans, founders of Charleston Musical Heritage Productions, thought up the concept for the series on a recent trip to Vienna, where they enjoyed a showcase of the region’s music. For hosting, directing, and performing duties, they tapped a couple with a serious history in the Holy City — William Schlitt and Maida Libkin, the founders of the Company Company.

The series includes 10 concerts taking place at various locations through Dec. 21. Performers include jazz singer Ann Caldwell and 15-year-old piano prodigy Micah McLaurin. D’Jaris Whipper-Lewis will sing excerpts from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and the Sound of Charleston String Quartet will perform a program of Civil War songs. Find more information at or call (843) 270-4903.


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