On This Day

Events in Music on December 14

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

Music Premiere

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

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

#1 in the Charts

1969 "Leaving on a Jet Plane" single sung by Peter, Paul and Mary, written by John Denver hits #1 on US Billboard's Hot Top 100

  • 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

Musical Finale

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

  • 1978 "Ballroom" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 116 performances

Music History

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

  • 1983 Muscial "Peg" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 5 performances

Music History

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

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

Theater Premiere

1997 Revival of Arthur Miller's dramatic play "A View From the Bridge", starring Anthony LaPaglia, Allison Janney, and Brittany Murphy. opens at the Criterion Theater, NYC; runs for 239 performance, wins 2 Tony and 4 Drama Desk Awards

Film Premiere

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

Music Concert

2016 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Ronnie Spector, Idina Menzal, Darlene Love, and Jennifer Nettles