2016-2017 E. Carl Freeman Concert Series

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. A printable schedule is available here. Click here or scroll down for more information on the next concert.

Please note differing start times


The Choir of Boys and Girls of Washington National Cathedral

Monday, August 29, 2016
7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Michael McCarthy, Choirmaster

Chamber Music Concert

Sunday, October 2, 2016
3:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Stefan Palm, piano
Laura Palm, violin
Chen Chen, cello
Celebrating the renewal of our Steinway piano

“An die Musik” (In Honor of Music)

Sunday, October 30, 2016
7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Michelle Harman-Gulick, soprano
E. Carl Freeman, accompanist
Songs about music, singing, and more

One Voice Chorus

Saturday, November 12, 2016
7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Lynn Atkins, director
Music of Haydn and Kodaly
Ticketed Event: Call 804-221-9880 for tickets and information.

Advent & Christmas Choral Concert River Road Chancel Choir with Orchestra

Sunday, December 11, 2016
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Handel’s Messiah – Advent/Christmas portion

St. Olaf Choir

Friday, February 3, 2017
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Northfield, Minnesota
Anton Armstrong, director
Ticketed Event: Tickets are $30 and available ONLY online through St. Olaf Concert. Since this concert is likely to sell out months in advance, tickets will not be available at the door.

Washington & Lee University Singers

Sunday, February 26, 2017
5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Shayne Lynch, director
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Harpsichord Recital – Jory Vinikour

Sunday, March 19, 2017
7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
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Arcadelt Ensemble

Sunday, March 26, 2017
5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Music for Four Voices
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Organ Dedicatory Recital – David Higgs

Sunday, April 30, 2017
4:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Eastman School of Music
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Organ Dedicatory Recital – Robert Gallagher

Sunday, September 17, 2017
4:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Please remove the May 19 Organ Dedicatory Recital from your calendar.

Musical Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Sunday, June 25, 2017
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Chancel Choir with Organ, Brass, and Timpani
Opening event of the Richmond American Guild of Organists Regional Convention

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.

All Saints’ Worship Service

Sunday, November 6, 2016
11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Special Service of Holy Communion

Rejoice & Give Thanks:

In the 2015-2016 E. Carl Freeman Concert Series at River Road Church season, we will continue to upgrade our Sanctuary by making improvements to our Möller organ, lighting, and sound system. Many of you supported the Rejoice & Give Thanks capital campaign initiated in 2014.

We thank you for your continued support of the Concert Series and River Road Church, Baptist.

The completed organ console was delivered in June 2015; the pipework, reservoirs, and windchests have undergone restoration and are being reinstalled during the late summer and fall of 2016. In April and May of 2017, we will celebrate the completion of the organ restoration project with organ recitals by David Higgs and Bob Gallagher. In addition to the organ, lighting, and sound projects, three grand pianos in the church are being refurbished. Two of these pianos will be completed in the fall of 2016: the Chamber Music Concert on October 2 will feature the Steinway Model B that was originally donated to River Road Church by Hannah Coker.

If you’re interested in learning more about the renovations and their progress, please visit our website dedicated to the Rejoice & Give Thanks projects.