On This Day in Music for March 16

Events in Music

  • 1857 Stefano Ronchetti-Monteviti's opera "Pergolese" premieres at La Scala in Milan, Kingdom of Lombardy (now Italy)
  • 1894 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" premieres in Paris, includes piece “Méditation” for violin and orchestra
  • 1896 Gustav Mahler' conducts premiere of his "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen" (Songs of a Wayfarer), leading the Berlin Philharmonic and Dutch baritone Anton Sistermans as soloist
  • 1900 AL meets in Chicago, Ban Johnson announces AL league will be Chicago White Stockings, Washington Senators, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Blues, Boston Americans, Philadelphia Athletics and Baltimore Orioles
  • 1941 Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Shostakovich receives the Stalin Prize
  • 1946 "Would-Be Gentleman" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • 1948 Billie Holiday is released from prison early due to good behavior
  • 1969 Peter Stone & Sherman Edward's "1776" premieres at 46th St Theater NYC for 1217 performances
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Weddings in Music

  • 1822 Italian opera composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioachino Rossini weds 1st wife, opera singer Isabella Colbran, in Bologna
  • 2002 Oscar-winning entertainer Liza Minnelli (56) weds producer David Gest (48) at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City

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