Orchestra History

Orchestras: Symphonies

Events in Music

  • 1808-03-06 1st college orchestra in US founded, at Harvard
  • 1858-01-30 Charles Hallé founds Halle Orchestra in Manchester, England
  • 1858-11-09 1st performance of NY Symphony Orchestra
  • 1859-03-28 1st performance of Johannes Brahms' 1st Serenade for orchestra
  • 1881-10-22 Boston Symphony Orchestra gives its first concert
  • 1883-12-02 Johannes Brahms' "3rd Symphony in F" premieres with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 1885-04-30 Boston Pops Orchestra forms
  • 1894-03-16 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" premieres in Paris, includes piece “Méditation” for violin and orchestra

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1894-12-22 Claude Debussy's first orchestral masterpiece "Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune" premieres in Paris

Composer Claude Debussy
Composer
Claude Debussy
  • 1895-01-25 New Haven Symphony Orchestra of Connecticut performs its first concert
  • 1901-10-27 1st complete performance of Claude Debussy's orchestral composition "Nocturnes"

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1908-12-03 Edward Elgar's 1st Symphony in A performed by the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Hans Richter, premieres in Manchester, England

Composer Edward Elgar
Composer
Edward Elgar

Music concertMusic Concert

1912-09-03 Arnold Schoenberg's "Funf Orchesterstucke" (Five Pieces for Orchestra) premieres in London at a Promenade Concert

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1916-02-11 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
  • 1920-02-28 Maurice Ravel's orchestral suite "Le tombeau de Couperin" premieres in Paris

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1924-02-12 George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" premieres at influential concert "Experiment in Modern Music" held by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra at the Aeolian Hall, NYC

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin

Music releaseMusic Recording

1928-03-01 Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra record "Ol' Man River" for Victor Records featuring Bing Crosby

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 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

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1938-09-20 Dmitri Shostakovich's Suite for jazz orchestra, premieres

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1940-02-02 Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

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1940-02-05 Glenn Miller and his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction"

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • 1940-02-20 Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"
  • 1941-02-07 Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"
  • 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"
  • 1942-06-22 European broadcast première of Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony in London conducted by Sir Henry J. Wood and the London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 1942-07-19 US première of Dmitri Shostakovich' 7th Symphony in NYC by the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini in a concert broadcast nationwide on NBC radio
  • 1944-12-01 Béla Bartòk's Concerto for orchestra, premieres
  • 1945-11-18 Arnold Schoenberg's Prelude for orchestra & mixed choir, premieres
  • 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"
  • 1954-04-30 Darius Milhauds 4th Concert for piano and orchestra premieres in Haifa
  • 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)
  • 1994-04-07 Vatican commemorates The Holocaust for the first time with an orchestral concert in the Sala Nervi
  • 2014-10-08 The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is awarded the $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize

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2017-04-07 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Yes, Tupac Shakur, Journey, and Pearl Jam

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Rapper
Tupac Shakur

Birthdays in Music

  • 1902-11-22 Emanuel Feuermann, cellist (Chicago Symph Orchestra), born in Kolomyja, Galicia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1942)
  • 1912-05-12 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1912-11-30 Constant Stotijn, Dutch oboist (Residence Orchestra)
  • 1915-02-11 Haakon Stotijn, Dutch oboist (VARA Orch, Orkestgebouw Orchestra)
  • 1917-07-14 Arthur Leavins, English violinist, leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra (d. 1995)
  • 1919-03-10 Marion Hutton, American actress and singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • 1920-04-28 Nan Merriman, American-Dutch singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orchestra), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1923-03-27 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Košice, Czechoslovakia (d. 2019)
  • 1926-04-02 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (the Beatles "Penny Lane"), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1929-12-02 Harvey Phillips, American tubist (NYC Ballet Orchestra), born in Aurora, Missouri (d. 2010)
  • 1932-03-21 Joseph Silverstein, American violinist, concertmaster and conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1935-01-07 Tommy Johnson, American orchestral tubist (Jaws theme), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2006)
  • 1937-08-06 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • 1938-11-10 H J de Royen, director (Dutch Concertgebouw Orchestra)
  • 1944-05-16 Billy Cobham, Panamanian-American jazz drummer (Mahavishnu Orchestra), born in Colón, Panama
  • 1945-11-25 Bev Bevan, English drummer (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1946-09-09 Christopher Francis Palmer, orchestrator/Author
  • 1947-02-27 Louis Clark, British musical arranger & keyboard player (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Kempston, England
  • 1953-12-10 Diane Schuur, American jazz singer (Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1954-10-20 Steve Orich, orchestrator
  • 1971-07-19 Russell Allen, American rock vocalist (Symphony X; Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1980-10-31 Alondra de la Parra, Mexican founder and artistic director of the New York-based Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, born in NYC, New York
  • 1984-11-02 Tamara Hope, Canadian actress (The Sandy Bottom Orchestra), born in Toronto, Ontario

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding 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

  • 1942-05-25 Emanuel Feuermann, cellist (Chicago Symph Orchestra), dies at 39
  • 1987-01-10 Marion Hutton, American actress and singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra), dies at 67
  • 1991-02-27 H J of Royen, manager Dutch (Concertgebouw Orchestra), dies at 52
  • 1992-08-01 Chico Alvarez, trumpeteer (Stan Kenton Orchestra), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1995-01-04 Leonard Hirsch, British violinist and conducter (BBC Empire Orchestra), dies at 92
  • 1995-01-22 Christopher Francis Palmer, orchestrator/Author, dies at 48
  • 1995-05-09 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist & clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), dies at 82
  • 2010-10-20 Harvey Phillips, American tubist (NYC Ballet Orchestra), dies at 80
  • 2011-04-29 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (the Beatles "Penny Lane"), dies of leukaemia at 85
  • 2012-07-22 Nan Merriman, American-Dutch singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orchestra), dies at 92
  • 2014-07-11 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), dies at 76
  • 2019-03-22 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra), dies at 95