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.

Current Series and Concert Information


The Choirs of Boys and Girls of Washington National Cathedral
Michael McCarthy, Choirmaster
Monday, August 28, 2017
7:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Organ Dedicatory Recital
Robert Gallagher
Sunday, September 17, 2017
4:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Organ Recital
Thierry Mechler (Cologne, Germany)
Sunday, October 22, 2017
4:00 p.m., Sanctuary
J.S. Bach – Clavierübung, Part III
(Lutheran Organ Mass)

Advent/Christmas Choral Concert Chancel Choir with Orchestra
Sunday, December 10, 2017
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
J.S. Bach – Magnificat and Cantata 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben

Violin and Piano Recital
Violaine Michel, violin
Hope Armstrong Erb, piano
Sunday, February 11, 2018
2:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Organ Recital
Katelyn Emerson (Boston, MA)
Friday, March 9, 2018
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Co-sponsored by the Richmond Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

William & Mary Choir
Miles Canaday, Interim Director of Choirs
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
8:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Classical Guitar Recital
Francisco Roldan (Mannes College of Music, New York City)
Sunday, April 15, 2018
2:00 p.m., Chapel

Music for Violin, Trumpet, and Keyboard (organ/piano)

Judy Hellmers, violin (Sydney, Australia)
Bruce Hellmers, trumpet (Sydney, Australia)
Grant Hellmers, organ and piano
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Vocal Recital
William Dameron, Tenor
Charles Staples, Accompanist
Sunday, May 20, 2018
3:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Spring Choral Concert
Chancel Choir with Orchestra
Sunday, June 10, 2018
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
W.A. Mozart – Requiem

Organ Voluntary Series

Four Sundays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Robert Gallagher, Organist

A review (sometimes a preview) of organ music played before and after River Road Church’s worship services.

If you missed one of our voluntaries, you may wish to come back to hear it. Perhaps you would like to hear a piece for a second time – in a recital format. If you are not a regular worship attendee at River Road Church, join us on a Sunday evening to hear some of the music that inspires those who worship here each week.

Organ Voluntary Series Dates:
November 12, 2017
January 7, 2018
February 25, 2018

Special Service with Music

While not a concert, this service features a significant choral work as an integral part of worship and may be of interest to those who attend our Concert Series.

Reformation Sunday Worship
Chancel Choir with Orchestra
Sunday, October 29, 2017
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
J.S. Bach – Cantata 80, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott

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