Events in Music on April 11

Music History

1830 Robert Schumann hears the violinist Paganini play in Frankfurt

  • 1888 The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is inaugurated
  • 1936 George Abbott, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart's musical "On Your Toes", choreographed by George Balanchine, and starring Ray Bolger and Tamara Geva, opens at the Imperial Theatre (later transfers to Majestic), NYC; runs for 515 performances
  • 1956 Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater in racial incident
  • 1959 Yip Harburg, Fred Saidy, and Harold Arlen's musical "Jamaica", starring Lena Horne, closes at Imperial Theater, NYC, after 558 performances

Music History

1961 Bob Dylan makes his 1st appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village, New York City

Musical Finale

1964 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Anyone Can Whistle" closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 9 performances

Music Recording

1966 Frank Sinatra records "Strangers in the Night" single for his album of the same name. Later reaches #1 Billboard charts

  • 1967 "Illya Darling" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • 1970 Beatles' "Let It Be" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

Music Single

1977 "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" single released by Waylon Jennings (Billboard Song of the Year, 1977)

Music Single

1980 Paul McCartney releases single "Coming Up"

  • 1988 Royal Concert building in Amsterdam reopens

Music Premiere

1991 Musical "Miss Saigon" created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil opens at Broadway Theater NYC

  • 1996 Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "The King & I", starring Lou Diamond Phillips and Donna Murphy, premieres at Neil Simon Theater, NYC; runs for 781 performances

CMT Music Awards

2005 39th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson & Kenny Chesney win

Farm Aid Concert

2020 Farm Aid "At Home" held virtually; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Black Pumas, Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Edie Brickell, Jack Johnson, and Jon Batiste [1]