Events in Music on December 18

Music Premiere

1892 Anton Bruckner's 8th Symphony premieres

Music Premiere

1892 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker" premieres in Saint Petersburg, Russia, now the world's most performed ballet; his final opera "Isolanta" also premieres

Music Premiere

1962 Dmitri Shostakovich's 13th Symphony premieres in Moscow

Film Premiere

1963 "The Pink Panther" film premieres, directed by Blake Edwards and starring Peter Sellers and David Niven, with theme by Henry Mancini

  • 1964 "I Had a BaIl" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • 1964 During funeral service held for soul singer Sam Cooke, fans cause damage to funeral home
  • 1965 "La Grusse Valise" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 7 performances

Film Premiere

1968 Musical-fantasy film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", co-written by Roald Dahl and director Ken Hughes, starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes, with songs by Sherman and Sherman, premieres in NYC

Music Premiere

1969 André Previn and Alan Jay Lerner's musical "Coco", inspired by the life of Coco Chanel, and starring Katharine Hepburn, opens at Mark Hellinger Theatre, NYC; runs for 329 performances, wins 2 Tony Awards

  • 1970 "Me Nobody Knows" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 587 performances
  • 1971 CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts

Film Premiere

1976 Second remake of "A Star is Born" film, directed by Frank Pierson and starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, premieres

  • 1985 Jerry Herman's musical revue "Jerry's Girls" opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 139 performances
  • 1994 Donald Margulies' comic play "What's Wrong With This Picture?" closes at Circle in Square, NYC, after 12 performances
  • 1994 Stand-up comedy revue "Comedy Tonight" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 9 performances