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.

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E. Carl Freeman Concert Series presents
2022-2023 Season

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 throughout the season. They will be listed here and tickets will be available on Eventbrite.

Choirs of Girls and Boys of Washington National Cathedral
Michael McCarthy, director
Sunday, August 28, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

Organ Recital—Nathaniel Gumbs
Yale University
Friday, October 14, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Organ Recital—Johann Vexo​
Cathédrale de Notre Dame, Paris and Cathédrale de Notre-Dame-de-l’Annonciation, Nancy
Friday, October 28, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Richmond Chapter of the AGO, Organ Repertoire Recital Series

Vox Humana
William Bradley Roberts, director
Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

The third concert by Richmond’s newly-formed chamber choir.

Annual Advent/Christmas Concert
River Road Chancel Choir
Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

The Washington & Lee University Singers
Shane M. Lynch, conductor
Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 2:30 p.m.

Organ Recital—Isabelle Demers
Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Music by Max Reger in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth

William & Mary Choir
Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Piano Recital—Robert Brooks Carlson
Friday, April 28, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor
arr. for piano and organ
Robert Gallagher, organ

Voice Recital—Jaylin Brown, mezzo soprano
Friday, May 19, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Annual Spring Choral Concert
River Road Chancel Choir with Orchestra
Daniel Stipe, piano
Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
Please note the time change

Duo-Organist Concert
Lynn Trapp, concert organist
Jennifer Pascual, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York
Postponed to 2023-2024 season

Support the E. Carl Freeman Concert Series

We invite you to support the Concert Series by attending as many programs as possible 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 check. All gifts are tax deductible. Please note that some concert goers prefer to make advance credit card contributions when they reserve their free tickets through the website, Eventbrite, allowing us to obtain email addresses of concert goers. It provides us with an additional way to keep in touch with our audience, as well as plan for the number of program attendees.

Richmond Symphony and Chorus


Please not that this concert is sold out, and no tickets will be sold at the door. Doors for the concert will open at 6:45 p.m. and we encourage you to arrive early, since it is sold out.

Handel’s Messiah with the Richmond Symphony Chorus
Date: Friday, December 2, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: River Road Church, Baptist
Conductor: Anthony Blake Clark

The greatest story ever told. The most majestic music ever conceived. Be there for the return of Handel’s Messiah with the Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Chorus.

Tickets are required and only sold via the Richmond Symphony.

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