2022 – 2023 Chapter Programs

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Max Reger’s Compositions for Liturgical Use

March 14, 2023
River Road Church, Baptist
8000 River Road, Richmond 23229
7:00 PM Program

March 19, 2023 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the late Romantic German composer, Max Reger. Although Reger was raised Catholic, he had a great interest in music of the Protestant church, especially the hymns/chorales. This is certainly an outgrowth of his love of Bach’s music, but it is also connected to the fact that he taught in Leipzig. Bob Gallagher has loved Reger’s organ music for decades. In his lecture in the sanctuary of River Road Church, he will discuss and perform several works that are connected to worship in both Catholic and Protestant churches.

Bob Gallagher came to River Road Church as Minister of Music in August 2011. He oversees the vibrant Music Ministry for children, youth, and adults. A native of New York, Bob received a Bachelor of Music in Organ from Manhattan School of Music, Master of Music in Organ from The Juilliard School, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Catholic University of America. He also holds diplomas and prizes in Organ, Harpsichord, and Improvisation from his year of study in Paris.

Bob served as Associate Director of Music at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania for 10 years and as Minister of Music at Wayne United Methodist Church for 5 years. In Washington, D.C. he served for 8 years as Organist at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle and also taught in the departments of Organ, Conducting, and Liturgical Music at The Catholic University of America. He served as Assistant Organist at Columbia University during his student years in New York.

In addition to serving in church music ministry, Bob has performed as organist, harpsichordist, conductor, and accompanist throughout the United States and Europe. A founding member of the Liturgical Organists Consortium, (a group of five organists committed to the renewal of esteem for the organ in the Catholic Church) Bob has recorded several CDs and appeared as a guest on Pipedreams Live.

Upcoming Programs

April 14
Caroline Robinson Organ Recital
Recital 7:30pm
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

May 9
Organ Scholarship Recital and Dinner
6pm Dinner, 7pm Program
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

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