Orchestra History

Orchestras: Symphonies

Events in Music

  • 1808-03-06 1st college orchestra in US founded, at Harvard
  • 1858-01-30 Charles Halle founds Halle Orchestra in Manchester, England
  • 1858-11-09 1st performance of NY Symphony Orchestra
  • 1859-03-28 1st performance of John Brahms' 1st Serenade for orchestra
  • 1881-10-22 Boston Symphony Orchestra gives its first concert
  • 1885-04-30 Boston Pops Orchestra forms
  • 1916-02-11 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
  • 1928-03-01 Paul Whiteman & orchestra record "Ol' Man River" for Victor Records
  • 1930-03-28 1st performance of Walter Piston's Suite for orchestra (Boston)
  • 1930-10-22 1st concerto of BBC Symphony Orchestra, under Adrian Boult
  • 1931-03-25 Hal Kemp & his orchestra record Whistles, with Skinnay Ennis
  • 1936-01-24 Benny Goodman & orchestra record "Stompin' at the Savoy" on Victor Records
  • 1936-12-26 Israel's Philarmonic Orchestra forms
  • 1937-11-13 NBC forms first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio
  • 1938-09-20 Dmitri Shostakovitch's Suite for jazz orchestra, premieres
  • 1940-02-05 Glenn Miller & his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction"
  • 1940-02-20 Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"

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1941-02-07 Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1941-03-14 Xavier Cugat & orchestra record "Babalu"
  • 1941-03-19 Jimmy Dorsey & orchestra record "Green Eyes" & "Maria Elena"
  • 1942-02-19 Tommy Dorsey & his orchestra recorded "I'll Take Tallulah"
  • 1944-12-01 Béla Bartòk's Concerto for orchestra, premieres

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1945-11-18 Arnold Schoenberg's Prelude for orchestra & mixed choir, premieres

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1946-02-08 Béla Bartók's 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Philadelphia, PA, US
  • 1946-05-26 Darius Milhauds 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Prague
  • 1949-08-18 Ralph Flanagan & his orchestra records "You're Breaking My Heart"
  • 1961-05-15 "Bonanza" by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19
  • 1976-01-13 Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"
  • 1979-02-15 Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appears on Mike Douglas Show
  • 1982-10-17 1st live orchestra on a US commercial network since 1954 (National Symphony)
  • 2014-10-08 The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is awarded the $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize

Birthdays in Music

  • 1912-11-30 Constant Stotijn, Dutch oboist (Residence Orchestra)
  • 1919-03-10 Marion Hutton, American actress and singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • 1938-11-10 H J de Royen, director (Dutch Concertgebouw Orchestra)
  • 1946-09-09 Christopher Francis Palmer, orchestrator/Author
  • 1954-10-20 Steve Orich, orchestrator
  • 1980-10-31 Alondra de la Parra, Mexican founder and artistic director of the New York-based Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

1918-07-02 Jazz orchestra band leader Duke Ellington (19) weds high school sweetheart Edna Thompson

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington

Deaths in Music

  • 1987-01-10 Marion Hutton, American singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra) and actress, dies at 67
  • 1995-01-22 Christopher Francis Palmer, orchestrator/Author, dies at 48