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Here you'll find noteworthy news such as after production reports - new offerings either on Shop VHSource or elsewhere - people of interesting note - new groups - announcements, etc.

A Really Exciting Possibility Looming In Ohio in 2015

News is coming from Joseph Rubin that he is putting together a most interesting new Herbert project. For the first time in this organization's memory, Rubin is actually recreating a Herbert BAND concert. All the details have not yet been released but it sounds like it will be a 22nd Regiment Band concert and contain some numbers neither published or heard since Herbert conducted that Band (1893-1899).  Let us repeat - sounds like a full concert - a first!



Congratulations to
Victor Herbert Renaissance Project Live! Inc.

VHRP LIVE!  turned one year old on February 6, 2015!  The non-profit production company has had a huge first year with the Restoring Natoma project in July 2014, the launch of its first official season on November 20, 2014 with the lovely concert Art Is Calling For Me and the IRS granting 501(c)(3) status on January 22, 2015. That's quite a year.

Upcoming in the rest of its First Season is: Cyrano de Bergerac, Herbert's 115 year old operetta on Thursday, February 26, 2015 and Naughty Marietta, the composers 105 year old operetta on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

If you live in the neighborhood of New York City



Rare Herberts Suddenly Rising to the Surface!

There are five major Herbert works looming on the horizon which have not been heard in decades, even a hundred years, if at all. Stay tuned to the Calendar portion of this web site so that you won't miss the following events:

Samantics (California Choir) presenting
The Captive
--  October 2013

Seven Hills Sinfonietta (Ohio) presenting a possible American premiere of
Victor Herbert’s Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 3 with
cellist Alan Rafferty of the Cincinnati Symphony -- November 2013

Concert Operetta Theatre presents
Madeleine (Opera - 1914)
-- March 2014

Ohio Light Opera presents
Herbert's Dream City and the Magic Knight
with the Magic Knight in its proper place in Act II -- Summer 2014

Concert Operetta Theatre, VHSource, LLC
and the
Manhattan Center presenting

Grand Opera Natoma
-- July 2014

The Victor Herbert revival is proving more robust every month!
Visit the Calendar portion of this web site for more information

New Victor Herbert Song Recording Set
Due Out in May 2012

We have now listened to all 102 songs
in this new recording from New World Records and the team of
Larry Moore, William Hicks and John Vogel of
a hundred and two songs ( a mere sampling)
composed by

Victor Herbert

many of which you have NEVER heard before
is set to be released in May 2012!

This is one of the most stunning Herbert CD sets you can possibly find and
it will definitely reintroduce you to
Herbert's genius in just the area of Song

This is the new one to own!

Go to and reserve yours NOW

“Distant Border, Close Connections,”

Sunday,  Feb. 12, 2012 at 3 p.m

The Highland Park Strings of Highland Park, Illinois are presenting their annual benefit titled “Distant Border, Close Connections,” sponsored by YEA! Highland Park, in the acoustically superb Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia, Lake Cook and Green Bay roads.

Soprano Michelle Areyzaga, an alumna of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, is well known in Chicago and abroad for her vocal versatility. In the music of Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos, which marries folk music with the style of J.S. Bach, Areyzaga’s artistry has a remarkable vehicle.

Israeli cellist and recording artist Amit Peled, in his third appearance with the Strings, will perform Victor Herbert’s Cello Concerto No. 2, considered the composer’s classical masterpiece, although the Irish-born composer-cellist is best known for his operettas and works for the musical theater. It is this concerto that is said to have been the inspiration for Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. Close connections continue with Dvorak’s Symphony from the “New World,” in which the romantic composer juxtaposes indigenous American folk music with the spirit of his native Bohemia.

General admission is $40. For more information, call (847) 831-3622.

Info courtesy of the Lakeland County - News-Sun

Light Opera of New York

opens its

Third Season

Rudolf Friml's

Rose Marie (1925)

Friday, Feb 3, 8 pm
Saturday, Feb 4, 5 pm

Landmark on the Park
(4th Universalist Church)
76th & Central Park West
New York, NY

Tickets Still Available On-Line
At the Door!

Next up Victor Herbert's Eileen - March 16 & 17

New World Records

presents a new album release
just in time for Christmas

Victor Herbert: Works for Cello and Piano/ Solo Piano Works

Jerry Grossman, cello
William Hicks, piano

New World Description
: In an attempt to understand the foundations of the modern American musical theater, we believe that it is best to start with an understanding of the man who has often been called the Father of the American Musical Theater. His name was Victor Herbert (1859–1924). Although he wrote two operas, forty-six works for the commercial theater, two cello concerti, one tone poem and many other serious works, he is little known to today’s artists, composers, and the public in general. We hope to change that .........

VHSource, LLC can certainly agree with this!

If you love Victor Herbert - this is a must for your CD collection
Just in time for Christmas!

Bravo to New World, Larry Moore, John Vogel,
Jerry Grossman and William Hicks.

We've republished for a limited time only the
VHSource Newsletter that describes this new recording project
You must be logged in to open

Vol 11 Nov 10

If you already own the 2010 VHS Year Book,
simply search for Recording project and
you'll see how much more is on the horizon!

If not pick this e-book up in
Shop VHSource

Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

the release of its brand new
recording of



An Opera in Three Acts

The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra & Singers
in a New, Historically Authentic Recording of the Work

A 2-CD set with 116-page companion book!

JUST RELEASED! - December 2011

The Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair

The University of Missouri-Kansas City

announces its

Fall 2011 courses dedicated to the memory of Dorothy Kasten,
a longtime member of the Cockefair Chair Advisory Committee.

Will Include

The Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert

Instructor: Dr.William Everett, associate dean and professor,
Conservatory of Music and Dance

Noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, September 15, 22 and 29
$34 ($49 with optional parking permit)

This three-lecture course explores the life, work and legacy of Victor Herbert (1859-1924). The Irish-born and German-trained Herbert enjoyed a multi-faceted career in America as a cellist, conductor and Broadway composer.  The first session focuses on Herbert’s classical background, his tenure as conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and his arrival on Broadway. The second session surveys some of his Broadway musicals, including The Fortune Teller (1898) and Babes in Toyland. The final session highlights later musicals, including one of his most famous works, Naughty Marietta (1910).

Enroll by clicking on the course name above and filling in the on-line enrollment.

Come join in

An Evening of Operetta

Maria Jette, Krista Palmquist, Vern Sutton and James Bohn
accompanied by Sonja Thompson


Jul 19, Tue. at 7:00 pm

Plymouth Congregational Church

1900 Nicollet Av. S.
Minneapolis, MN

Visit the church's web site

Concert Operetta Theater
Ocean City Pops Orchestra



Remembering Romberg!

Maytime (1917), The Student Prince (1924), Desert Song (1926),
My Maryland (1927), New Moon (1928), Viennese Nights (1930)
and The Night is Young (1935)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 8pm
on the Historic Music Pier, Ocean City, New Jersey

Michelle Johnson, soprano
(2011 winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition)
Brian Majors, baritone

Jose Melendez, conductor

Artistic Directors, Daniel Pantano and William Scheible
will take you on a nostalgic walk through
this American operetta composer’s fine work
Add the ocean washing gently onto shore
immediately under your feet
and great salt water taffy just a short stroll away.

A true American Summer Event!

March 2011 ends sadly as we say Goodbye to

Maestro Dino Anagnost

Conductor, Music Director
The Little Orchestra Society (NYC)


Co-Founder of the
Victor Herbert Renaissance Project


The Maestro left this world peacefully
on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The music has stopped!

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to

The Little Orchestra Society
330 West 42nd Street, 12th Floor
New York, New York 10025

Also, if you or your organization has enjoyed the
music of Maestro Anagnost and this wonderful orchestra

please do send a card sharing that information!

Concert Operetta Theater

Second concert of the 2011 season


Two one-act operettas will include

Philadelphia premiere of The Carp by contemporary composer Quade Winter
The Lovely Galatea (Die schöne Galathée), by Franz von Suppé
under music director José Meléndez

Performances will be held on
Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, both at 4 PM
The Helen Corning Warden Theater
The Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce Street, Philadelphia

Tickets are $30.00 / $20.00 for seniors / $10 for students / and under 16 years old are free
For more information call 215-389-0648, or
view COT’s new website at


The Carp is a one-act comic opera with a libretto by Frank Desprez and original music by Alfred Cellier. It was first produced in London in 1886 as a companion piece to The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan. In modern times only the libretto survived, and in 1998 the Gilbert and Sullivan Archives asked composer Quade Winter to re-score the operetta. It was later orchestrated for a production by the Ohio Light Opera. This version with piano and two flutes was newly arranged by the composer for this concert. Soprano Mary Punshon and tenor Jay Anstee will reprise their roles of Amanda and Amandus, in this three singer operetta, after performing it this summer at the Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Gettysburg, PA.

The story of Die schöne Galathee, in 1865 was considered the high-water-mark of the new Viennese traditions up to that time and was written under the influence of the French opéra-bouffe, for the German stage. It was closely modeled on the French opera-comique Galatheé and was the story of a sculptor who prays to the Gods to make his new statue into a real woman for him to love.

It remains to represent Suppé in the limited “Golden Age” repertoire that is still played in some German speaking houses.  The cast features Academy of Vocal Arts resident artists, soprano Maria Aleida as Galatea, mezzo-soprano Chrystal E.  Williams as Gaynemade, and tenor John Viscardi as Pygmalion. They are paired with COT favorite, tenor and lyricist Michael Ashby as Midas. This will be sung in the original 1884 English translation by Willard G. Day with a libretto adaption by Daniel Pantano.

The season follows with Sweethearts by Victor Herbert on June 11 & 12, 2011.

We bring you this information in support of our vendor, Quade Winter and
as a reminder that Sweethearts is coming to the Philly area in June

The Voice of Russia Passes Away

February 3, 2011 --

Operetta soprano Tatyana Shmyga has died at the age of 82. The sad news was reported by Moscow Operetta Theater, where she had worked since 1953.  Ms. Shmyga was the only operetta actress in Russia to have gotten the title of the People’s Artist of the USSR. In 1962 the singer appeared on screen for the first time in Eldar Ryazanov’s musical film Hussar Ballad. All together Tatyana Shmyga performed over 60 roles on stage and in films. Among them is Chanita in the operetta Chanita’s Kiss and Gloria Rozetti in the stage production Circus Lights On, Lyubasha in Sevastopol Waltz and Violetta in The Violet of Montmartre.

It's amazing and wonderful to see that operetta
is and has been alive and well in Russia.

January 2011 begins sadly as we say Goodbye to

Herbert P. Jacoby, Esq., Chairman (1913-2011)

The Victor Herbert Foundation

Mr. Jacoby left this world peacefully at the wonderful age of 97
on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

His presence will be missed!

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Victor Herbert Foundation.

For those of you needing to contact the Victor Herbert Foundation in the future
please send all correspondence to:

Carolyn Jacoby Gabbay, Esq.
President, Victor Herbert Foundation
11 Doris Circle
Newton, MA 02458

Also, if your organization has benefited from support
by the Victor Herbert Foundation

please do send a card sharing that information!

We need to show that this organization has a viable existence
which needs to continue.

Now Available!
2010 VHS Newsletter Annual Year Book

Beginning January 1, 2011, you will find the brand new 2010 VHS Newsletter Annual Year Book available in Shop VHSource.  We have compiled all of the 2010 published newsletters into one e-book which is searchable.

Please be aware that the 2010 back issues will continue to be available 
in the Archived Newsletter Link in the User Menu
on the Home Page only until January 31, 2011
at which point they will exist solely in the 2010 VHS Newsletter Annual Year Book.





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