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.

2019-2020 Concert Series Season

The Choirs of Boys and Girls of Washington National Cathedral
Michael McCarthy, Director
Sunday, August 25, 2019
4:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Organ Recital
Robert Gallagher
Sunday, October 6, 2019
4:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Opening event of the 47th Annual Convention of the American Institute of Organbuilders.

All Saints’ Sunday Worship
River Road Chancel Choir
with Orchestra

Sunday, November 3, 2019
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Franz Schubert — Mass in G major

Seraph Brass
Sunday, November 24, 2019
2:30 p.m., Sanctuary

America’s dynamic brass ensemble drawing from a roster of America’s top female brass players.

Christmas Choral Concert
River Road Chancel Choir 
with Brass, Harp, and Organ
Sunday, December 8, 2019
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Christmas with American Composers
Music by Daniel Pinkham, John La Montaine, and Randall Stroope

Piano Recital
Dmitri Shteinberg
Sunday, February 16, 2020
2:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Harpsichord Recital
Jory Vinikour
Sunday, March 15, 2020
2:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Organ Recital
Mary Brattskar (Oslo, Norway)
Sunday, March 29, 2020
2:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Dr. Brattskar is Cantor (Music Director) at the 13,000-member Holmen Church in Asker, Norway.

Organ Recital
Christopher Martin
Friday, May 15, 2020
7:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Music Director and Organist
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, RVA

Vocal Recital
John Tibbetts, baritone
Raymond Chenault, piano
Sunday, May 17, 2020
2:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Broadway, Spirituals, and More!

Spring Choral Concert
River Road Chancel Choir
with Orchestra

Sunday, June 7, 2020
7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Franz Schubert — Mass in E flat major


Saturday, October 12, 2019
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

All tickets are $35 per person.
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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