Recorded November 21, 1912
The zither is a musical string instrument most commonly found in central and eastern Europe. Kitty Berger was recognized at an early age for her musical ability on the zither. As a youth she traveled to England to perform. She was frequently engaged to perform in private homes, restaurants and concert halls. In her spare time she also offered zither lessons and would call on students in their homes. In England Kitty Berger’s music elevated her to the highest social circles. In Windsor Castle Queen Victoria and members of the royal family were also charmed by her zither playing. Impressed, Queen Victoria presented her with a solitaire diamond. In February 1907 President Theodore Roosevelt, Mrs. Roosevelt and a group of distinguished guests were entertained by Berger and thoroughly impressed to learn that her zither was made in the United States.