Contact: Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790



Trustee Abram Samuels Celebrates the Music of the 1920s through the 1950s for
7th Annual Concert to Benefit Cedar Crests College's Endowment

Allentown, PA (October 14, 2003) - Abe Samuels has gone into his piles of vintage sheet music -- he has amassed one of the largest private collections in the United States and has donated volumes of his music to Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg Colleges -- and pulled out some of his favorite songs from the 1920s - 1950s. They will be presented in a cafe setting with wine, cheese, snacks and an old-fashioned audience sing-a-long on Sunday, October 26 at 3 p.m. in the Cafe of the Tompkins College Center.

Performing a mostly one-man show from both the podium and the piano for the seventh annual concert to benefit the College's endowment, Samuels will lead guests through an afternoon of memories and music. Some of Samuels' musical selections for the concert will include "It Had to Be You," "Pennies from Heaven," "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," "Shine on Harvest Moon," "For Me And My Gal," "My Blue Heaven," "New York, New York," "Give My Regards to Broadway," "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "The Best Things in Life Are Free" along with many other classics.

"Abe's Songbook" continues Samuels' tradition of presenting the work of great American composers at Cedar Crest. Samuels is one of the foremost collectors of sheet music in the United States and has donated thousands of sheets from his collection of 20th century music to the College. He conceived the annual event as an opportunity to look more closely at the music and lyrics of America's favorite Tin Pan Alley writers. So far, the annual event has highlighted the work of George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Larry Hart, Harry Warren, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin.

Samuels' efforts to promote the Cedar Crest endowment are in keeping with the longstanding history that his family has had with the College. Samuels is treasurer of the College Board of Trustees. Both Samuels' sister and his father's sister are Cedar Crest graduates.

"Abe's Songbook" is open to the public. For ticket information, call Cedar Crest's Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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