On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 8

Events in Music

  • 1735 First opera performance in North American colonies "Flora" opens in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1925 Kaufman & Berlin's musical "cocoanuts" premieres in New York City
  • 1926 Sean O'Casey's "Plough & Stars" opens at Abbey Theater Dublin
  • 1930 "Happy Days Are Here Again" by Benny Mereoff hits #1
  • 1940 Lewis & Hamilton's musical "Two for the Show" premieres in NYC
  • 1942 Stravinsky's "Danses Concertantes" premieres in Los Angeles
  • 1946 Béla Bartók's 3rd Piano Concerto premieres in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy with György Sándor as piano soloist
  • 1964 Peter Shaffer's musical "Royal Hunt of the Sun" premieres in London
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Divorces in Music

  • 1980 Model Angie Bowie (30) divorces British singer David Bowie (33) after just under 10 years of marriage

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Musicians Who Died on Feb 8

  • 1691 Carlo Rainaldi, Italian architect and composer, dies at 79
  • 1709 Giuseppe Torelli, Italian composer (Concerti Grossi), dies at 50
  • 1797 Johann Friedrich Doles, German composer, pupil of J. S. Bach, dies at 81
  • 1801 Johann Chrysostomus Drexel, German composer, dies at 43
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