Welcome to Herter Music Center
Serving the Great Lakes Bay Region since 1903.
Artist of the Week
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
A Hungarian born composer and performer, Franz Liszt was a monumental Romantic Era (19th Century) musical figure. His father, a former student of Beethoven, was his primary piano teacher growing up. Already as a teenager, Liszt was recognized as a piano virtuoso throughout much of Europe. The death of Liszt’s father was a difficult time for him; he withdrew from the musical world and considered leaving it altogether to join a seminary. He might have been lost to music completely were it not for attending concerts of Berlioz and Niccolo Paganini; both of whom exerted extreme virtuosity on their performance mediums and rekindled Liszt’s passion for music.
Inspired by these masterful musicians, Liszt became a pianist of such virtuosity that he was unchallenged in his lifetime. A Liszt recital might be better classified as ‘rock concert mayhem’, than a recital as we would understand it by today’s definition. There are reports of people racing to catch spent cigarette butts. Women were said to have swooned and even fainted during his performances, while others report fans ripping at his cloths and long hair.
Liszt brought many new techniques to the instrument. He also introduced the concept of the performer entering the stage from the wing and turning the piano to the side, (this is now considered common performance practice) so that the audience can see the performers hands better. Liszt was among the first to perform from memory and he heavily promoted the idea of having a solo recital, that is to say that one performer performs several pieces for the duration of the concert.
It's That Time of Year Again!
We are looking forward to the 2015 Band Camp! Camp is June 21st-June 27th. At this time all slots have been filled. Please continue to check our website for information on registration for camp in 2016.
New Guitar Room
The guitar room has been relocated to allow for more expansion. In addition to our acoustic guitars we also carry electric guitars, basses and PA systems.
Monday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Tuesday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 9:30am – 8:00pm
Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Come check out the new guitar room!