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.
E. Carl Freeman Concert Series presents
All concerts are held in the Sanctuary. Please note the differing start times.
Reserve your FREE tickets on Eventbrite. All concerts are free unless noted otherwise.
Additional concerts may be announced in the spring. They will be listed here and tickets will be available on Eventbrite.
COVID-19 Mask Requirements
We have seen the COVID-19 and Delta Variant cases increasing—not only for adults, but also children who are too young for a vaccination. Given this trend, the Re-Entry Task Force has decided, beginning immediately, and the foreseeable future, that masks and distancing will be required for worship attendance and other indoor church activities, regardless of vaccination status. This requirement, we believe, allows us to “love our neighbors as ourselves” in the midst of a very difficult situation.
Organ Recital—Christopher Martin
Sunday, September 26, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
William Bradley Roberts, director
Friday, October 22, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
The premier concert by Richmond’s newly-formed professional vocal ensemble.
Organ Recital—Clara Gerdes
Friday, November 19, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Richmond Chapter of the AGO, Organ Repertoire Recital Series
An Organ Duo Christmas Concert
Raymond and Elizabeth Chenault
Sunday, December 5, 2021, 2:30 p.m.
River Road Chancel Choir with Orchestra
Sunday, December 12, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Advent Portion and Hallelujah
St. Olaf Choir
Sunday, February 6, 2022, 3:00 p.m.
Separated ticked event; tickets required
Tickets $35—on sale late September 2021
Harpsichord Recital—Jory Vinikour
Sunday, March 20, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
J. S. Bach – Goldberg Variations
Voice Recital—John Tibbetts, baritone
Raymond Chenault, collaborative pianist
Sunday, May 1, 2022, 2:30 p.m.
River Road Chancel Choir
David Briggs, organist
Sunday, June 5, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
The Richmond Chapter of the American Guild of Organists has invited Johann Vexo of Notre-Dame de Paris to play at River Road Church, Baptist in 2022. Date TBD.
2021-2022 Concert Series
Dear Friends of Great Music:
We are pleased to present the 2021-2022 season of the E. Carl Freeman Concert Series at River Road Church, Baptist. As the longest sustained program of its kind in the Richmond metropolitan area, we are delighted to continue offering opportunities for music lovers to experience music at its very best. Please take note of the various programs listed in the enclosed brochure and plan to join us for as many concerts as possible.
One of the unique and noteworthy aspects of our concert series is the superb acoustical environment of our Sanctuary. During the past few years, enhancements to the pipe organ, the pianos, the sound system, and the lighting have made River Road Church an even better place to revel in the beauty of great music, skillfully and lovingly performed. Here is a description of the first several concerts this season:
The first program of the series will take place on Sunday, September 26 at 3 p.m. when organist Christopher Martin will perform works by George Baker, Christian Friedrich Ruppe, Naji Hakim, Firmin Swinnen, Johann Sebastian Bach, and John Knowles Paine. Mr. Martin serves as Director of Music at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Richmond. He was also organist for our River Road Choir Pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral in 2014, playing for six Evensong and Eucharist Services.
On Friday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m., Richmond’s newly-formed 8-voice professional choral ensemble, Vox Humana, directed by William Bradley Roberts, will give its first performance. The concert will include music by Palestrina, Bach, Britten, Howells, Roberts, Lauridsen, and four African-American composers. I am looking forward to playing organ or piano for the accompanied parts of the program.
On Friday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m., prize-winning young organist, Clara Gerdes, will perform a recital co-sponsored by the Richmond AGO Chapter’s Repertoire Recital Series. Search for her on YouTube if you would like a preview of the impressive virtuosity of this brilliant and inspiring musician.
On Sunday, December 5 at 2:30 p.m., the renowned Chenault Organ Duo will return to River Road to perform a recital of enjoyable and entertaining Christmas music. And our Chancel Choir will perform the First Part and Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.
We invite you to support the Concert Series by attending our concerts and by making a financial contribution. Although the series receives a grant from the church and partial support from a free will offering taken at each performance, individual donors provide a large and critical part of our funding. Contribution checks should be made payable to River Road Church, Baptist – please designate “Concert Series” on the memo line of the check. On behalf of the Music Committee at River Road Church, Baptist, we thank you for supporting us as we bring great music to the Richmond community.
Robert P. Gallagher, DMA
Minister of Music