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
  • 1895-01-25 New Haven Symphony Orchestra of Connecticut performs its first concert
  • 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

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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 & 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"
  • 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

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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

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur

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)
  • 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)
  • 1946-09-09 Christopher Francis Palmer, orchestrator/Author
  • 1953-12-10 Diane Schuur, American jazz singer (Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 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, born in NYC, New York
  • 1984-11-02 Tamara Hope, Canadian actress (The Sandy Bottom Orchestra), born in Toronto, Ontario

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
  • 2014-07-11 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), dies at 76