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On This Day in Music for January 28

Events in Music

  • 1830 Opera "Fra Diavolo" by Daniel Auber, premieres in Paris
  • 1916 Opera "Goyescas" premieres in New York City
  • 1936 Pravda criticizes Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District"
  • 1942 Revival of George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" opens on The Majestic Theatre, NYC, with Anne Brown & Todd Duncan
  • 1944 Leonard Bernstein's "Jeremiah" premieres in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on national TV on the Dorsey Brothers's "Stage Show"
  • 1963 "Still" single released by Bill Anderson (Billboard No. 1 U.S. Hot Country Singles, 1963)
  • 1979 Charlie Smalls' musical "The Wiz", an updated take on "The Wizard of Oz", starring Stephanie Mills, Stu Gilliam, and Dee Dee Bridgewater, closes at Majestic Theater in NYC, after 1,672 performances, 7 Tony and 6 Drama Desk Awards
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Musicians Born on Jan 28

  • 1627 Alfonso Marsh, English composer and lutenist, baptized in London (d. 1681)
  • 1645 Gottfried Vopelius, German hymn composer, born in Herwigsdorf, Saxony (d. 1715)
  • 1691 Johann Balthasar König, German Baroque composer, mainly of hymn music, born in Cannstatt, Duchy of Württemberg (d. 1758)
  • 1693 Gregor Joseph Werner, composer
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Musicians Who Died on Jan 28

  • 1768 John Wainwright, English composer and organist, dies at 44
  • 1813 Ján Josef Rösler, Czech composer, dies at 41
  • 1817 Friedrich Ludwig Æmilius Kunzen, German composer, dies at 55
  • 1869 Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, French composer, dies at 72
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