This bronze portrait bust commemorates the renowned Irish-American cellist, composer and conductor. It stands, appropriately, near the site of his countless memorable performances on the Park's concert ground. Born in Dublin, Herbert moved to New York City with his wife Therese, a well-known Viennese opera singer, in 1896. He went on to become leader of the 22nd Regiment Band of the New York National Guard, and as bandmaster conducted concerts at the Central Park Bandstand. He also served as guest conductor for the New York Philharmonic Society. Herbert is best-known for his prolific work as a composer of operettas and popular American music. He wrote more than 40 operettas, two grand operas, and a score for the film Fall of a Nation, said to be the first original symphonic score for a feature-length film. A champion of copyright legislation passed in 1909, he played a major role in the founding of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1914. Commissioned by ASCAP, the memorial bust was sculpted by Edmund Thomas Quinn. It was unveiled by Herbert's daughter Ella in 1927 at a ceremony attended by Arthur Hammerstein and Irving Berlin.
Mid-Park at 70th Street
Sculptor: Edmund Thomas Quinn