A Concert for Violist Roger Tapping (1960-2022)

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory
Reserve Tickets
A public livestream will be available at www.necmusic.edu/live.

Co-presented by Yellow Barn and New England Conservatory

With this concert we remember our beloved Roger Tapping, a faculty member at Yellow Barn from 2003 to 2021 and at New England Conservatory from 2008-2016. Roger’s musical legacy is in great part represented by the musicians who honor him with their performances this evening. Beyond definition, his presence in the lives of these musicians was a shining example of why human beings should make music.

Our program includes five of nine works commissioned by Yellow Barn as part of a special commissioning project in memory of Roger Tapping.


Lei Liang (b.1972) Feng from Mongolian Suite for viola (2022/2023)
Liz Freivogel, viola
Philippe Hersant (b.1948) For Roger (2022)
Hannah Burnett, Jessica Bodner, violas
Roger Tapping (1960-2022) Reverberations (2021)
Balourdet Quartet
Angela Bae, Justin DeFilippis, violins; Benjamin Zannoni, viola; Russell Houston, cello
Stephen Coxe (b.1966) Slow Wind (For Roger) for solo viola (2022)
Natalie Loughran, viola
Brett Dean (b.1961) I Starred Last Night, I Shone (2023)
Rebecca Printz, mezzo-soprano; Rosemary Nelis, viola
Brief Intermission
Eric Nathan (b. 1983) Double Concerto No. 2 (2023)
World Premiere
Misha Amory and Hsin-Yun Huang, solo violas
Members of the Ariel, Jupiter, and Parker String Quartets, joined by violinists Sammy Andonian, Emma Frucht, Abigail Hong, Jesse Irons, Valerie Kim, Yiliang Liang, and KJ McDonald, violist Hannah Burnett, and double bassists Lizzie Burns and Sam Suggs