That The Shalin Liu Performance Center was named after Shalin Liu, A Taiwanese-born philanthropist who donated $3 million toward the Rockport Chamber Music Festival concert hall, with a caveat that $500,000 of the gift be devoted to music education programs for students? She is an avid concertgoer and supporter of the Center’s educational and outreach efforts. Long before she had money to give away, she was reaching out to help others. When she was an 18-year-old student in Taipei, she got word that a former classmate had lost a leg in an accident. She wrote to the son of Taiwan leader Chiang Kai-shek, who was running a government agency that focused on the young. She implored him to help the badly injured student. Her persistence paid off. The boy received an artificial leg and was able to walk again.
Lui attended Taiwan University, where she studied philosophy and literature. In 1973, she moved to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in Asian philosophy at Indiana University. She later moved to the Boston area where she raised a family and worked at Harvard University’s Harvard-Yenching Library and the Harvard Law School library. Concern for the terminally ill motivated her to train as a hospice worker and work in nursing homes. Her life is highlighted by big and small acts of kindness. Her kindness has certainly greatly benefitted Cape Ann. If you haven’t been to the Shalin Liu Performance Center yet, check out their upcoming performances and go to one. It is one of the most beautiful performance spaces I have ever been to, and its right in our backyard. Go to http://www.rcmf.org/newperformance.html for info.