Events in Music on April 15

Music Premiere

1729 Johann Sebastian Bach's "St Matthew Passion" premieres in Leipzig

Music Premiere

1738 Premiere in London of "Serse", an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel

  • 1960 Guy Carawan sings "We Shall Overcome" to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh - popularising the song as a protest anthem
  • 1961 Meredith Willson's musical "The Music Man", starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, closes at Majestic Theater, NYC. after 1375 performances, 5 Tony Awards, and a Grammy

Music Premiere

1963 Steve Allen's musical "Sophie", based on the life of American singer, and comic actress Sophie Tucker, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances

Theater Premiere

1965 James Baldwin's 1954 stage drama "The Amen Corner" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 84 performances

Album Release

1966 The Rolling Stones release "Aftermath", their fourth studio album in UK (6th in US)

  • 1967 "Wait A Minim!" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 457 performances
  • 1970 "Cry for Us All" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1971 "70, Girls, 70" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 35 performances
  • 1984 "Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • 1987 "Barbara Cook: A Concert" opens at Ambassador NYC for 13 performances

Music History

1994 Jazz singer Tony Bennett records a session for "MTV's Unplugged" series at Sony Studios, NYC, featuring the Ralph Sharon trio, and guest appearances by Elvis Costello, and k.d.lang; album release wins 2 Grammy Awards

Music Concert

2012 Hologram of late rapper Tupac features on stage with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at Coachella music festival

Music History

2019 Aretha Franklin posthumously receives the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor, first individual woman to win it since 1930

Music Concert

2022 Coachella Valley music festival returns after a two-year hiatus with Harry Styles the headlining act on opening night in front of 100,000 [1]