On This Day

October 2003 in Music History

Events in Music

Film Premier

Oct 30 "Wicked" premieres on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 (Greig) "Chubby" Jackson, American big band jazz double-bassist, bandleader, and TV host, dies at 84
  • Oct 7 Arthur Berger, American composer (Ideas of Order), music critic, and educator (Brandeis, 1953-80; New England Conservatory of Music, 1980-99), dies at 91
  • Oct 10 Eugene Istomin, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1943), dies at 77
  • Oct 12 Ram Gopal, Indian-English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain), dies at 90
  • Oct 21 (Steven) Elliott Smith, American Academy Award nominated singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting - "Miss Misery"), dies of suspected self-inflicted stab wounds at 34 [1]
  • Oct 23 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician (b. 1944)
  • Oct 25 Robert Strassburg, American composer, conductor and educator (Leaves of Grass: A Choral Symphony), dies at 88
  • Oct 26 Roberto Garcia Morillo, Argentine composer and music critic, dies at 92
  • Oct 29 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor, dies after suffering a stroke at 82
  • Oct 30 Abel Ehrlich, Israeli composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 31 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian Carnatic vocalist, dies at 95