On This Day

Events in Music in 1943

Music History

Jan 23 Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time

Radio Premiere

Feb 6 Singer Frank Sinatra debuts on radio's "Your Hit Parade"

Plane Crash

Feb 22 Plane crash in the Tagus River, Lisbon, Portugal kills 23 with 15 survivors including singer Jane Froman

  • Feb 28 George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" opens on Broadway with Anne Brown & Todd Duncan
  • Apr 28 1st performance of Marc Blitzstein's "Freedom Morning"

Theater Premiere

Apr 29 Noël Coward's comic play "Present Laughter" premieres in London

Film Premiere

Jul 21 "Stormy Weather", directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring Bill Robinson, Lena Horne and Fats Waller (singing "Ain't Misbehavin'") premieres in the US

Music Premiere

Aug 11 Richard Strauss' Second Horn Concert, premieres

  • Oct 7 Weill, Perelman and Nash' musical "One Touch of Venus" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 19 Theater Guild presentation of Shakespeare's "Othello", starring Paul Robeson, opens at the Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 296 performances

Music Premiere

Nov 3 Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th Symphony premieres in Moscow

Music Premiere

Dec 3 Howard Hanson conducts premiere of his 4th Symphony ("Requiem") with the Boston Symphony; Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1944

  • Dec 20 "Internationale" is no longer USSR National Anthem
  • Dec 23 Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel & Gretel" becomes 1st complete opera to be telecast (WGRB, Schenectady, New York)
  • Dec 31 NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater