Events in Music in 1928

Music Premiere

Jan 10 George Gershwin, Sigmund Romberg and P. G. Wodehouse's musical "Rosalie" premieres in New York

Music Recording

Mar 1 Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra record "Ol' Man River" for Victor Records featuring Bing Crosby

  • Mar 13 Rudolph Friml's musical "Three Musketeers" premieres in NYC

Music Premiere

Mar 22 Noël Coward's musical "This Year of Grace" premieres in London

Music History

Jun 28 Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of "West End Blues"

Theater Premiere

Aug 31 Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weil's play with music "The Threepenny Opera" premieres at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, Berlin

  • Sep 15 Stothard, Kalmar & Ruby's musical "Good Boy" premieres in NYC

Music Premiere

Sep 24 George M. Cohan and Ring Lardner's musical play "Elmer the Great" premieres in NYC

Music Premiere

Oct 8 Cole Porter and E. Ray Goetz' musical "Paris" opens at the Music Box Theater, NYC; runs for 195 performances

  • Oct 8 Joseph Szigeti debuts Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto

Music Premiere

Nov 2 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Symphony premieres in US with Leopold Stokowski leading the Philadelphia Orchestra at The Academy of Music, Philadelpha

  • Nov 8 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Treasure Girl" premieres in NYC

Music History

Nov 22 "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel first performed publicly (Paris)

  • Dec 4 Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee!", starring Eddie Cantor, premieres on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC; runs for 407 performances
  • Dec 13 George Gershwin's "An American In Paris" premieres at Carnegie Hall, NYC, performed by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Walter Damrosch
  • Dec 28 Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues" makes her last record "Big Feelin' Blues"