Chuck Woodward at Ohef Sholom’s Men’s Club Shabbat Service

by | Feb 6, 2015 | What’s Happening

Friday, Feb. 20, 7:30 pm

The Men’s Club at Ohef Sholom Temple’s Annual Men’s Club Shabbat will feature Chuck Woodward, the temple’s music director of 33 years. He will speak about “A Life of Music and Faith.”

Woodward will share his personal and professional experience of serving both St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Ohef Sholom Temple. Members of St. Paul’s choir will join Ohef Sholom’s choir in presenting some of the music that most inspires worship.

Known in Tidewater as a choral conductor, pianist and organist, Woodward is the music director of two historic congregations in Norfolk, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church and Ohef Sholom Temple where, in 2012, he celebrated his 30th anniversary. Since 2011, he has served as the artistic director of the Virginia Chorale, the Commonwealth’s premier professional choral ensemble. He served as the choral director and collaborative pianist for the Governor’s School for the Arts, 1986-1993.

As a pianist, Woodward is a frequent collaborator in both vocal and instrumental chamber concerts, having performed with the Virginia Arts Festival.

Virginia Chamber Players, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, I. Sherman Greene Chorale, Art Song of Williamsburg and Norfolk Chamber Consort, among others; at the Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.), Jordan Hall (Boston) and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and in Germany and Italy. In April 2011, he served as principal coach for the premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Rappahannock County, a music theater work co-commissioned by the Virginia Opera and Virginia Arts Festival. Woodward’s performances have been heard on American Public Media’s Performance Today. A graduate of Northwestern University, Woodward has served on the adjunct music faculties of The College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University and Christopher Newport University.

A Shabbat dinner will take place at 6:30 pm prepared by the Ohef Sholom’s Sisterhood. Adults and children 13 and older are $10. Child- friendly meals for those under 13 years of age are free.

For dinner reservations or more information, call the Temple at 625-4295. Reservations are not necessary to attend the Shabbat service.