Babes in Toyland composer finds a “Joyland” in Lake Placid
Online presentation celebrates Babes in Toyland composer Victor Herbert
You have a chance this fall to be informed and entertained by the story of a composer who left behind a famous work, but whose name is not so famous anymore. Composer Victor Herbert was a towering figure on the American musical scene during his lifetime. Changing musical taste, however, has all but obliterated the career of a man who wrote 43 operettas, an opera, and incidental music for seven seasons of the Ziegfield Follies.
An online illustrated lecture and performance will cover his life, music and contributions to the union movement. It will also explore the composer’s connection to Lake Placid, where he named his camp “Joyland.”
Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society president Parmelee Tolkan serves as the lecturer.
Bass-baritone George Cordes, soprano Annachristi Cordes, and pianist Elizabeth Cordes perform selections of Herbert’s work.
You may view this in-depth musical presentation online from October 23rd until November 6th.