On This Day

Events in Music on December 14

  • 1849 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert in Boston

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1918 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Il Trittico" premieres in NYC

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1924 Respighi's symphony "Pini di Roma" premieres in Paris
  • 1925 Alban Berg's first opera, "Wozzeck" premieres at the Berlin State Opera.

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1933 Josephine Baker performs in Amsterdam

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker
  • 1946 "Three to Make Ready" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 323 performances
  • 1950 Musical "Bless You All" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • 1957 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 678 performances
  • 1957 "Rumple" musical closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1959 The album "Time Out" by the Dave Brubeck Quartet is released, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard pop albums chart, and becomes the first jazz album to sell a million copies.
  • 1965 "La Grusse Valise" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 7 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1969 "Leaving on a Jet Plane" single sung by Peter, Paul and Mary, written by John Denver is No. 1 on US Billboard's Hot Top 100

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers
Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 1969 One of the most catastrophic flops in the history of showbusiness - the musical "La Strada" opens and closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 1 performance

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1975 Scott Joplin's opera "Treemonisha" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 64 performances

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • 1978 "Ballroom" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 116 performances

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1980 At 2 PM EST there is 10 minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1983 Muscial "Peg" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 5 performances

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1990 Louis Jordan's revue "Five Guys Named Moe" premieres in London

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan
  • 1995 Musical "Les Miserables" opens at Cable Hall, Helsinki

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1997 Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge" is revived at Criterion Theater, NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller

Film release premierFilm Premier

2015 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Harrison Ford has its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles