Romance – A Tribute to Lady Yuen Peng McNeice
Lady McNeice was an inspiration to me. I first met her when I was 15, when her foundation supported my studies in America, throughout my undergraduate years at the Curtis Institute of Music, and then at Oberlin Conservatory and the Mannes College of Music.
Lady McNeice inspired me with her generosity, her zest for life energized me, and her love for plants taught me to appreciate nature. She treated every living thing with respect. With plants and people alike, she instinctively knew and provided the special care and support each needed in order to thrive.
I feel blessed to have experienced such love and kindness. I dedicated Amy Beach’s Romance from 1893, a lovely lyrical work by the pre-eminent American woman composer of the age, to Lady McNeice when I recorded my CD in 2008. Amy Beach and Lady McNeice were both visionary women and trailblazers of their time. Lady McNeice was a protector of animals and plants long before such causes became popular. Her concern for young people and support for their education touched the lives of countless others as well, way before scholarships became as widely available as they are today. I feel fortunate that I could perform the Romance with her in the audience the first time I played it in Singapore.
In this season of giving, I’m releasing this single as a tribute to Lady McNeice and her love of music.
Wishing you a wonderful and blessed Christmas,