A concert by award-winning pianist Richard Glazier in honor of America’s military veterans and the memory of local philanthropist Benjamin Schulman is scheduled for Oct. 19 at the Carlsbad Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a wine and appetizer reception followed by the concert at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at www.carlsbadlibraryartsfoundation.org. All proceeds go to the Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, benefiting the Carlsbad libraries and arts.
Classically trained pianist Richard Glazier's passion for the Great American Popular Song and more contemporary standards has led him to create special programs celebrating both eras. His piano arrangements tell the history behind the songs, sharing fascinating stories about the composers, the shows, the films and stars. He has played at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations and the Smithsonian and has had three nationally broadcast television specials on PBS. These shows won multiple awards, including four Telly Awards for Outstanding Achievement in entertainment, documentary and cultural programming.
The event will include a tribute to Navy veteran, longtime Carlsbad resident and library supporter Ben Schulman who was 102 years old when he passed away on June 2. He and his wife, Ruby, were great supporters of the Carlsbad libraries and arts.
After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Mr. Schulman joined the U.S. Navy, serving on the battleships USS Massachusetts and USS Missouri. He saw hostile action during World War II in both the European and Pacific Theaters and was aboard the cruiser USS Springfield in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered.
During his Navy years, Ben met and married Boston-born Ruby Gryzmish in 1944. The couple adopted five children.
After working for his father-in-law's cigar business, Ben moved into hotel finance and became founding director of Boston's Liberty Bank & Trust. The Schulmans eventually moved to Carlsbad for the weather and golf. Later, Ben became involved in financing of trucks for remote TV broadcasts. One of his first clients was ESPN. His company, Schulman Mobile Video, was one of the longest active independent video production companies in Los Angeles.
The Schulman’s philanthropic activities included a variety of institutions and charities including: Jewish Family Services in Boston and San Diego; Scripps Clinic of La Jolla, the Carlsbad City Library, The Benjamin Schulman Center for Jewish Life (Hillel) at Vanderbilt University, the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, the preservation of USS Massachusetts and the USS Missouri and the Wounded Warrior Project.
At 90, Ben told the Wall Street Journal: “The resources for our gifts came mainly from stock investments. I've never made a big tremendous hit, but I've plugged along for all these years and have always had more at the end of the day than what I started out with. Today people need more help."