On This Day

Events in Music on April 23

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1775 Opera "Il Ré Pastore" (The Shepherd King) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is first produced in Salzburg

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1881 Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "Patience" premieres at The Opera Comique, London
  • 1925 1st London performance of Franz Lehár’s operetta "Frasquita" staged

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1939 1st performance of Béla Bartok's 2nd Concerto for violin

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • 1940 Dance hall fires kills 198 in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1955 Robert Wright and George Forrest's musical "Kismet" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 583 performances
  • 1958 Robert Kurka's "The Good Soldier Schweik", with libretto written by Abe Meeropol, premieres at the New York City Opera
  • 1959 "Destry Rides Again" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 472 performances
  • 1961 "Tenderloin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 216 performances
  • 1963 Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's musical "She Loves Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 302 performances

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1964 James Baldwin's play "Blues for Mr Charlie" premieres in NYC

Novelist and Playwright James Baldwin
Novelist and Playwright
James Baldwin
  • 1965 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" single released by the Four Tops (Billboard Song of the Year 1965)
  • 1968 "I'm Solomon" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1983 28th Eurovision Song Contest: Corinne Hermes for Luxembourg wins singing "Si la vie est cadeau" in Munich
  • 1992 "Shirnada" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1993 Peter Townshend's musical "Tommy" premieres in NYC

  • 1997 32nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, and Patty Loveless win

Music releaseMusic Single

2001 Fatboy Slim releases single "Weapon of Choice", music video directed by Spike Jonze starring Christopher Walken dancing

Music releaseAlbum Release

2016 Beyoncé releases her 6th album "Lemonade" with a 1 hour film on HBO