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BRAHMS AND BEYOND! The Ohio Valley Symphony

240427 OVS Brahms PosterApril 27, 2024
at 7:30 p.m.

West Virginia native and Cincinnati Symphony violinist Charles Morey will perform the Suite for Violin and Orchestra by African-American composer William Grant Still.  The OVS will play Brahms Symphony No. 2, Op. 73 under the direction of Maestro Scott E. Woodard.  What could be better!

Dr. Scott E. Woodard, conductor
Maestro Dr. Scott E. Woodard was born in Huntington, WV and is proud to be a life-long West Virginian. He is the Music Director of the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra in Hamilton, Ohio, the Founding Music Director of the West Virginia State Philharmonic Orchestra of Charleston, WV, the Principal Guest Conductor of the Rimini Chamber Orchestra in Rimini, Italy, and the former Cover Conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. His primary teachers were Dr. Leonid Korchmar of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory of Music and the Mariinsky Theatre and Dr. Oleg Proskuryna. Scott is the recipient of First Prizes at the International Conductor’s Workshop Competition (Macon, GA) and the International Academy of Advanced Conducting (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation).

A product of the public schools in Cabell County, Scott picked up the trumpet in the sixth-grade band. He is a proud Son of Marshall, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. During those MU years, Scott began his study of orchestral conducting under the tutelage of Dr. Paul Balshaw. In 2014, he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, where his dissertation explored the importance of the Leningrad School of conducting and its founder Ilya Musin.

Scott lives in Scott Depot with his wife Nafi, a family physician, and their son, Gabriel, a trumpet player just like his dad, and a new baby daughter, Gabriella! His hobbies include playing horrible golf, and trying to figure out how to work on his vintage 1970 Volkswagen Beetle.

Charles Morey, violin
Charles Morey was born in Fayetteville, West Virginia and began playing the violin at the age of two. Leading a diverse musical life as violinist, composer, arranger, teacher, and YouTube artist, he has concertized extensively throughout the USA, Europe, and Asia. As soloist he has appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, International Baroque Soloists, Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Charles has performed as concertmaster with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and many others. Highlights of his career as a composer include a Kennedy Center performance of his work, Images for violin and piano, a premiere of Circles by students from Cleveland School of the Arts, and touring performances of his own set of variations on the tune Wondrous Love with the WV Symphony Orchestra. Recent honors include the premiere of A Day at a Time by Caroline Shaw and premiere recording of Toft Serenade by Augusta Read Thomas.

Mr. Morey received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He was chosen to study orchestral leadership at the Music Academy of the West under the San Diego Symphony. He has served as Acting Associate Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and is currently playing in the first violin section and performs regularly with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Find Charles on YouTube @charlesmoreyviolin


Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture

Suite, Violin & Orchestra

Symphony No. 2, Op. 73 Brahms


Wm. Grant Still