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Events in Music in 1927

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Jan 9 Dmitri Shostakovich' Octet opus 11 premieres in Moscow

  • Jan 21 1st national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago)

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Feb 16 Noël Coward's "Marquise" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • Feb 18 1st US radio broadcast of "Cities Service Concerts"
  • Feb 21 Franz Lehár's opera "Der Zarewitsch" premieres
  • Apr 22 1st performance of Roger Sessions' Symphony in E
  • May 5 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Symphony premieres in Berlin
  • May 14 "Ain't She Sweet?" hits #1 on the singles chart by Ben Bernie
  • Sep 6 Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown's musical "Good News" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 12 Sigmund Romberg's musical "My Maryland," premieres in NYC
  • Sep 26 St James Theater (Erlanger) opens at 246 W 44th St NYC

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Oct 6 "The Jazz Singer", directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Jolson and May McAvoy, released, 1st film with a soundtrack (Honorary Academy Award 1928)

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An advertising  poster for The Jazz Singer distributed by Warner Brothers
An advertising poster for The Jazz Singer distributed by Warner Brothers
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Oct 26 Duke Ellington sings "Creole Love Song"

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Nov 3 Rodgers & Hart's musical "Connecticut Yankee" premieres in NYC

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Nov 22 George Gershwin's "Funny Face" premieres in NYC

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • Nov 28 J McHugh & D Fields' musical "Delmar's Revels" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 4 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • Dec 4 Duke Ellington opens at the Cotton Club in Harlem
  • Dec 10 "Grand Ole Opry" first named as such during Barn Dance radio broadcast, in Nashville, Tennessee

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Dec 27 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Show Boat" premieres in New York City

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern