Events in Music on April 8

Music Premiere

1781 Premiere of Mozart's violin sonata K379

  • 1876 Amiliare Ponchielli's opera "La Gioconda" premieres in Milan

Music History

1931 Dmitri Shostakovich's ballet "The Arrow" premieres

Music History

1935 Béla Bartók's 5th String quartet premieres in Washington, D.C.

Music Premiere

1938 Walter Piston's 1st Symphony in E, premieres in Boston, by the Boston Symphony, conducted by the composer

Music History

1942 Arnold Schoenberg & Tudor's ballet "Pillar of Fire" premieres in NYC

  • 1950 "Miss Liberty" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 1954 "By the Beautiful Sea" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 270 performances
  • 1961 "Show Girl" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 100 performances
  • 1967 12th Eurovision Song Contest: Sandie Shaw for United Kingdom wins singing "Puppet on a String" in Vienna
  • 1970 "Cry for Us All" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 8 performances

Music Single

1974 Paul McCartney & Wings release single "Band on the Run" in the US

  • 1979 "Carmelina" opens at St James Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 1985 "Leader of the Pack" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 120 performances
  • 1990 "Aspects of Love" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 377 performances
  • 1991 "I Hate Hamlet" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • 1992 "5 Guys Named Moe" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 445 performances
  • 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Steve Miller, and N.W.A