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July 25, 2012

The Library of Congress to Recognize ASCAP Founder Victor Herbert with New Exhibit

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ASCAP Founder Victor Herbert

The Library of Congress will open in August an all new exhibit, "The Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert," which will recognize the pioneering composer and driving force behind the establishment of ASCAP.

Victor Herbert, who also served as Vice President of ASCAP from 1914 until his death in 1924, was an Irish-American composer, conductor and activist, whose greatest artistic legacy lies in his role as the grandfather of the American musical theater. He brought operetta to the Broadway stage and helped it transition to that of the musical. His most popular work, "Babes in Toyland" (1903), is still regularly produced to this day, and "The March of the Toys" and "Toyland" have both become Christmas classics.

"The Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert" will open its doors on August 16, 2012 and will run through January 26, 2013. For more information, please visit www.loc.gov/today/pr/2012/12-142.html.