On This Day

Events in Music on April 28

  • 1865 Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "L'Africaine" premieres in Paris
  • 1892 1st performance of Antonín Dvořák's overture "Carnival Overture"

Music Recording

1940 Glenn Miller records "Pennsylvania 6-5000"

  • 1943 1st performance of Marc Blitzstein's "Freedom Morning"
  • 1960 Webster and Fain's musical "Christine", based on Hilda Wernher's novel "My Indian Family", opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 12 performances

Television Premiere

1965 "My Name is Barbra", Barbra Streisand's first television special, premieres on CBS

Music Concert

1965 Luciano Pavarotti makes his debut at La Scala, Milan in Franco Zeffirelli's production of "La bohème" with Mirella Freni

  • 1969 Rock band King Crimson with Robert Fripp, Greg Lake & Ian McDonald debuts

Music Awards

1969 4th Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Cathie Taylor win

TV Show Appearance

1975 Ringo Starr appears on "The Smothers Brothers Show", singing Hoyt Axton's "No No Song", and John Lennon is the guest on Tom Snyder's "Tomorrow" program, in what turns out to be his final television interview

  • 1984 "La Tragedie de Carmen" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 187 performances

Music Premiere

1988 Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice's musical "Chess" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 68 performances

  • 1990 Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban's "A Chorus Line" closes at Shubert Theater, NYC after 6,137 performances
  • 1991 "Gypsy" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • 1991 "Taking Steps" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 78 performances
  • 1993 "Tango Passion" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1996 "Big" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 193 performances
  • 1997 "Jekyll & Hyde" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC