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December 1954 in Music

Events in Music

  • Dec 2 "Hit the Trail" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances

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Dec 3 Samuel Barber's "Prayers of Kierkegaard" premieres

Composer Samuel Barber
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  • Dec 3 William Walton's opera "Troilus & Cressida" premieres in London
  • Dec 4 "Hit the Trail" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Dec 4 "On Your Toes" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 64 performances

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Dec 9 Dmitri Shostakovich appointed honored guest of Royal Swedish Academy of Music

  • Dec 27 "Saint of Bleecker Street" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Dec 27 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Saint" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 30 "House of Flowers" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 165 performances

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Dec 30 Harold Arlen and Truman Capotes musical "House of Flowers" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Danielle Alexander, country music pianist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dec 3 Paul Gregg, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
  • Dec 6 Chris Stamey, American musician, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Dec 7 Mike Nolan, Irish singer (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Dec 9 Kip Hanrahan, American jazz producer (American Clavé), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Dec 10 Jack Hues, English musician
  • Dec 11 Jermaine Jackson, American singer (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Dec 11 Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson, Icelandic musician, born in Iceland
  • Dec 13 John Anderson, American country singer and actor (I've Got a Feelin', Money in the Bank), born in Apopka, Florida
  • Dec 13 Steve Forbert, American musician (Romeo's Tune), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • Dec 14 Ib Andersen, Danish ballet dancer, born in Copenhagen
  • Dec 25 Annie Lennox, Aberdeen Scotld, vocalist (Eurythmics-Sweet Dreams, Why)
  • Dec 25 Robin Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • Dec 25 Steve Wariner, Noblesville Indiana, country singer (Small Town Girl)
  • Dec 26 Peter Woods, rocker (Romeo Void-Girl in Trouble)
  • Dec 29 Roger Voudouris, American singer-songwriter & guitarist, born in Sacramento, California

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive, dies at 57
  • Dec 3 Enrique Soro Barriga, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 4 Nina Vasar, wife of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, dies
  • Dec 20 Emilis Melngailis, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 25 Johnny Ace, American rhythm and blues singer, accidentally shoots himself in the head at 25
  • Dec 25 Rosario Scalero, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 31 Peter Van Anrooy, Dutch conductor and composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie), dies at 75