Grand swan song

Chairman of Keppel REIT, Dr Audrey Chin (second from right) hands over the "key" for the grand piano to SOTA Principal Ms Lim Geok Cheng (second from left) in the presence of Mr lee Boon Yang (far right), Chairman of Keppel Corporation, and Ms Ng Hsueh Ling, CEO of Keppel REIT

Chairman of Keppel REIT, Dr Audrey Chin (second from right) hands over the “key” for the grand piano to SOTA Principal Ms Lim Geok Cheng (second from left) in the presence of Mr lee Boon Yang (far right), Chairman of Keppel Corporation, and Ms Ng Hsueh Ling, CEO of Keppel REIT

For the past two years, Keppel REIT’s Steinway Model D-274 grand piano has been filling the lobby of Ocean Financial Centre with lilting melodies, bringing music and the arts closer to those working in Singapore’s business and financial district.

The piano was purchased by Keppel REIT to commemorate its name change from K-REIT Asia to Keppel REIT in 2012. The grand dame marked its final curtain call on the evening of 10 April 2015, before it takes residency in the School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA) in Jun 2015.

The performance, aptly named “An Evening of Music at Ocean Financial Centre“, saw Dr Audrey Chin, Chairman of Keppel REIT, hand over the “key” for the piano to Ms Lim Geok Cheng, Principal of SOTA, in the presence of Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of Keppel Corporation, and Ms Ng Hsueh Ling, CEO of Keppel REIT, as well as guests from ChildAid, Steinway and tenants of Ocean Financial Centre.

Guests were enthralled by special performances from three young artistes – 16-year-old Abel Ling, who had also performed at the piano’s launch back in 2012; 14-year-old Fong Kai De; and 20-year-old Rui Xinwei from SOTA.

Speaking at the performance, Dr Chin said, “With this piano, we were able to encourage budding talents through our partnership with Steinway and ChildAid as well as enliven the business community through the universal language of music.

“Sadly this will be the swan song performance this evening, and the piano will soon take a place of pride at the state-of-the-art Concert Hall in the School of the Arts Singapore with its new owner being SOTA.

“There, it will provide a platform for developing many new generations of music talents. As a strong patron of the arts, Keppel REIT Management is happy to do our part in shaping the future of the arts scene with this gift.“

In response, Ms Lim said, “Keppel REIT’s gift will be an essential teaching tool for SOTA as we prepare the next generation of musicians to freely soar in their musical imagination and expression.”