Events in Music in 1944

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Jan 18 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

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Jan 23 Arnold Schoenberg's "Ode to Napoleon" premieres in NYC

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

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Feb 7 Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

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Mar 3 1st performance of corporal Samuel Barber's 2nd Symphony

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
  • Mar 5 1st performance of Walter Piston's 2nd Symphony
  • Apr 2 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 8th Symphony premieres in NY
  • May 3 "Meet Me in St Louis" opens on Broadway
  • May 3 "Going My Way", directed by Leo McCary and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (Best Picture 1945)
  • May 9 Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes governor of Louisiana
  • Aug 20 "Anna Lucasta" opens on Broadway
  • Aug 21 Grieg/Work/Forest's musical "Song of Norway" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 28 1st TV Musical comedy (The Boys from Boise)
  • Oct 5 Harold Arlen/ET Harburgs musical premieres in NYC
  • Oct 8 Samuel Barber's "Capricorn Concerto" premieres

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Oct 30 Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" premieres in Washinton DC

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • Dec 1 Béla Bartòk's Concerto for orchestra, premieres

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Dec 15 Bandleader, Major Glenn Miller, lost over English Channel

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • Dec 28 Leonard Bernstein's musical "On the Town" premieres in NYC