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Events in Music in 1933

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 5 "Cavalcade" based on the play by Noël Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934)

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
Actor and Director Frank Lloyd
Actor and Director
Frank Lloyd

Film PremierKing Kong Premieres

Mar 2 "King Kong" film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC

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Poster for the 1933 film
Poster for the 1933 film "King Kong", the first in a series of movies about the giant gorilla
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  • Mar 23 Kroll Opera in Berlin opens

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May 24 Dmitri Shostakovich's Preludes premieres in Moscow

  • Jul 1 Strauss & von Hofmannsthal's opera "Arabella," premieres in Dresden
  • Jul 22 Caterina Jarboro sings "Aida" at the New York Hippodrome, becoming the 1st black female opera singer to perform in the US

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 25 1st Dutch live radio concert: Duke Ellington

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington

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Nov 11 Billie Holiday's second song and first hit, "Riffin' the Scotch", is released

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 2 Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady", released

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire

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Dec 14 Josephine Baker performs in Amsterdam

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker