Events in Music in 1954

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Jan 4 Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jan 8 Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" & "I'll Never Stand in Your Way"
  • Jan 14 Sandy Wilson's musical "Boyfriend" premieres in London
  • Jan 16 "South Pacific" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1928 performances

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Jan 29 Arnold Schoenberg's "De Profundis" premieres in Cologne

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • Mar 5 "Girl in Pink Tights" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 performances
  • Mar 12 1st performance of Arnold Schoenberg's "Moses und Aaron"
  • Mar 20 "King & I" closes at St James Theater NYC after 1246 performances
  • Apr 3 "Me & Juliet" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 358 performances
  • Apr 5 Elvis Presley records his debut single "That's All Right"
  • Apr 8 "By the Beautiful Sea" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 270 performances
  • Apr 20 "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances
  • Apr 30 Darius Milhauds 4th Concert for piano and orchestra premieres in Haifa
  • May 13 "Pajama Game" opens at St James Theater NYC for 1063 performances
  • Jun 12 "Girl in Pink Tights" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 115 performances
  • Jun 24 "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" closes at Imperial NYC after 229 performances
  • Jul 3 "Wonderful Town" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 559 performances
  • Jul 30 Elvis Presley joins Memphis Federation of Musicians, Local 71
  • Aug 7 "Golden Apple" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 125 performances
  • Sep 6 WINS NYC begins playing rock n roll with Alan Freed Show
  • Sep 14 Benjamin Britten's opera 'Turn of the Screw' premieres in Venice

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Sep 27 Steve Allen's "Tonight Show" premieres

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Sep 30 "Boy Friend" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 483 performances
  • Oct 11 "On Your Toes" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 64 performances
  • Oct 20 "Peter Pan" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 149 performances
  • Nov 4 "Fanny" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 888 performances
  • Nov 27 "By the Beautiful Sea" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 270 performances
  • Dec 2 "Hit the Trail" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances

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Dec 3 Samuel Barber's "Prayers of Kierkegaard" premieres

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
  • Dec 3 William Walton's opera "Troilus & Cressida" premieres in London
  • Dec 4 "Hit the Trail" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Dec 4 "On Your Toes" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • Dec 9 Dmitri Shostakovitch appointed honored guest of Royal Swedish Academy of Music
  • Dec 27 "Saint of Bleecker Street" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Dec 27 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Saint" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 30 "House of Flowers" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 165 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 30 Harold Arlen and Truman Capotes musical "House of Flowers" premieres in NYC