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.

2020-2021 Concert Series Season Update

Dear Friends of Music at River Road,

So many of our regular activities have been affected by the pandemic this year, and that includes the E. Carl Freeman Concert Series at River Road Church. At the end of August this year, we were looking forward to the annual concert presented by the Boys’ Choir and the Girls’ Choir of Washington National Cathedral. directed by Michael McCarthy. Our River Road Camerata has sung in that concert in previous seasons. Sadly, the choristers were unable to come to Richmond for their annual retreat, which culminates with that concert. (Well, for the choristers, I think the retreat actually culminates with an end-of-week visit to a nearby theme park!)

Other inspiring concerts had been planned for this season, but all of them have been postponed. We will announce live concerts again as soon as conditions allow for them.

In the meantime, I would like to invite you to a series of “Organ Interludes” that will continue throughout the year. Our first interlude is a teaser, just a short presentation of two very different organ pieces. The first piece came to my attention when our pastor, Rev. Dr. Daniel Glaze, mentioned how much he enjoyed a particular showpiece arrangement of a well-known African-American spiritual. I am not sure whether this was a suggestion or a challenge! (Well, it was a challenge to learn!) The second piece is more calming, and I believe that you will enjoy listening to it in private as much as you would attending a live concert. (No coughing!)

Organ Interludes (and other virtual concerts) will be produced under the auspices of the E. Carl Freeman Concert Series, and your contributions to the series are always welcome.

See you again in October!

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