E. Carl Freeman Concert Series

E. Carl Freeman Concert Series

The Concert Series was started in 1970 both to gain full benefit of the then-new sanctuary with its great acoustics and to reach out to the surrounding community. The Series remains a welcomed regular feature of musical life in Richmond’s West End. Past performances have included organ recitals by some of the best practitioners of the art such as John Scott, Organist-Choirmaster, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London and Frederick Swann, former organist at Riverside Church, New York; vocal and instrumental recitals by such artists as Eugenia Zuckerman, and performances by well-known chamber ensembles such as the Shanghai and Manhattan string quartets.

The E. Carl Freeman Concert Series at River Road Church is open to the public with free admission unless noted otherwise. The dates for special services with music can also be found below. Directions to the church can be found here.

Free tickets for most events can be found by clicking here.

Current Series and Concert Information


The Choirs of Boys and Girls of Washington National Cathedral
Michael McCarthy, Choirmaster
Sunday, August 26, 2018
7:00 p.m., Sanctuary

The Chenault Duo
Internationally Acclaimed Duo Organists
Elizabeth & Raymond Chenault
Sunday, September 30, 2018
2:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Vocal Recital
Christopher Ahart, Tenor
Sunday, November 11, 2018
2:30 p.m., Sanctuary

The Tallis Scholars
Sunday, December 2, 2018
7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
All tickets are $35 per person.
Tickets are on sale through Eventbrite.

Advent/Christmas Choral Concert
River Road Chancel Choir with Orchestra
Sunday, December 16, 2018
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Music of Handel
Organ Concerto in B flat, Opus 4, No. 6
Messiah, Part the First

Harpsichord Recital
Daniel Sañez
Sunday, March 10, 2019
2:30 p.m., Sanctuary

The Choir of the College of William and Mary
Dr. James Armstrong, Director
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
8:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Organ Recital
Bruce Stevens, Organist
Monday, April 1, 2019
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Concert Organist, Recording Artist, and University of Richmond Organ Faculty

Vocal Recital
Victoria Jackson, Soprano
Sunday, May 5, 2019
2:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Choral Evensong
River Road Chancel Choir and River Road Camerata
Huw Williams (Bath Abbey, UK), Conductor
Sunday, June 2, 2019
4:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Music Ministry

The music program at RRCB

Adult Choirs

Chancel Choir, Chancel Bell Choir, & Choral Scholars

Children's & Youth Choirs

Children’s Choirs, River Road Camerata, Youth Choirs, & Youth Choir JAM

Musical Instruments

Sanctuary, Möller Organ, Chapel Organ, & Grand Pianos