Events in Music on April 30

  • 1852 Anton Rubinstein's opera "Dmitri Donskoi" premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1885 Henry Lee Higginson starts the "Popular Music" series with the Boston Symphony, which evolves into the Boston Pops Orchestra 1900

Music Premiere

1902 Claude Debussy's only completed opera "Pelléas et Mélisande" premieres in Paris

Theater Premiere

1943 Noël Coward's play "This Happy Breed" premieres in London

  • 1948 "Inside USA" opens at Century Theater NYC for 339 performances

Music Concert

1954 Darius Milhaud's 4th Concert for piano and orchestra premieres in Haifa, Israel

  • 1955 Cuban bandleader Pérez Prado's mambo version of "Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" goes #1 for 10 weeks
  • 1961 "Tossin' and Turnin'" single released by Bobby Lewis (Billboard Song of the Year, 1961)

Album Release

1973 Paul McCartney releases "Red Rose Speedway" album, including the hit single "My Love"

  • 1976 "Silly Love Songs" single released by Wings (Billboard Song of the Year, 1976)
  • 1977 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at Morosco NYC after 92 performances
  • 1978 "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" closes at Palace NYC after 101 performances
  • 1980 "Barnum" opens at St James Theater NYC for 854 performances
  • 1981 "Can-Can" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances

Music History

1988 33rd Eurovision Song Contest: Celine Dion for Switzerland wins singing "Ne partez pas sans moi" in Dublin

  • 1994 39th Eurovision Song Contest: Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan for Ireland wins singing "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" in Dublin
  • 1995 "Blood Brothers" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 839 performances
  • 1995 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • 1995 "The Rose Tattoo" opens at Circle in the Square Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • 1996 "Buried Child" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • 1997 "London Assurance" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 72 performances

Music Concert

1997 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Lyle Lovett, Bobby McFerrin, Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin and Zucchero