Victor Herbert

This bronze portrait bust commemorates Victor Herbert, the Irish-American virtuoso cellist, conductor, and composer.

A man of prodigious and varied musical talents, he is best known for his prolific composition of operettas and popular music. This memorial is located on the Mall across from the Naumburg Bandshell, where the young Herbert served as bandmaster, conducting concerts before crowds of appreciative Park-goers.

After Herbert’s death in 1924, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers commissioned this memorial bust, sculpted by Edmund Thomas Quinn. It was unveiled by Herbert's daughter Ella, in 1927, at a lavish ceremony attended by composers Arthur Hammerstein and Irving Berlin.