Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Performer name: Sandy Schuman
Phone: 518-229-8345
Mailing address: 29 Magnolia Terrace
Albany, NY 12209
E-mail address: sschuman@exedes.com
Website: http://www.tothestory.com
Previous appearances at: Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Proctors Theatre, Schenectady, Bethlehem Public Library, Albany Public Library, Colonie Public Library
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 12/27/2018

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
New York Tales -Tall and True History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Some of New York State's folklore is truly unbelievable. Some of its history is even more so.
$101- $200
My Father was a Storyteller History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
My father, Samuel Schuman, was a songwriter, musician, poet, and storyteller who made his living as an electrician. I retell and expand on his stories, a personal and historical saga that stretches from the help wanted ads of the Philadelphia Inquirer to the front page of the New York Times, from the pleasant beaches of Atlantic City to the hectic skyscrapers of Manhattan, and from his longed-for saxophone to my sister’s studio-upright piano. My father didn’t have a very good voice, but he wasn’t afraid to sing.
$101- $200
Jewish Stories Every Person Should Know History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Stories, old and new, that reveal Jewish humor, tradition, and values.
$101- $200
Understanding the Depression Era through Songs and their Stories History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Understanding the Depression Era through Songs and their Stories The essence of the Great Depression as expressed in the songs of the times with stories that provide the social, economic, and historical context. Forget Your Troubles and Just Get Happy – The 1929 Hit Song by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler Presidential Campaign Songs of 1932 – The Sidewalks of New York vs. Happy Days are Here Again The Anthem of the Great Depression – Brother Can You Spare a Dime by Jay Gorney and E. Y. Harburg, 1932 If Only it Was True – The Gold Diggers’ Song of 1933/ We’re in the Money by Harry Warren and Al Dubin If God Blessed America For Me – The success of Irving Berlin’s God Bless America in 1938 led Woody Guthrie to write a parody When All the World is a Hopeless Jumble – Even Lady Gaga sings this 1939 song by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, the most influential song in the history of cinema (according to a 2018 study)
$101- $200
Lead Belly: Singer, Songwriter, Murderer; King of the 12-String Guitar History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as “Lead Belly,” got a bum deal. Was he justly sentenced to prison for murder? Twice? Was he exploited by the man who discovered him? Did he have to share credit for writing the song that became the number one hit of 1950! This program includes a series of true stories about Lead Belly’s life: why he chose to play the 12-string guitar, the events that led to his two convictions for murder, how his reputation as a prison songster led to his pardon by the governor, how he was discovered by John and Alan Lomax, how he contributed to the folk music revival and the advent of rock and roll, how his signature song—the song he used to both open and close his performances—became the most popular song of 1950, and why it is still sung today at soccer games all across Europe. These stories are interspersed with songs such as The Midnight Special, Easy Rider, John Hardy, We’re in the Same Boat Brother, and Goodnight Irene.
$101- $200
Familiar Songs and their Unfamiliar Stories History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Some of the best known songs were written by the least known songwriters. Let's give credit where its due by learning about these songs and the people who wrote them.
$101- $200
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