Events in Music on December 24

  • 1818 Christmas carol "Silent Night" composed by Franz Xaver Gruber is first sung at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria
  • 1871 Giusseppi Verdi's "Aida" opera premieres in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1906 Reginald Fessenden becoomes 1st to broadcast music over radio (disputed)

Music Concert

1920 Enrico Caruso gives his last public performance, with the Metropolitan Opera in NYC

  • 1951 1st opera commissioned for television - "Amahl and the Night Visitors" by Gian Carlo Menotti premieres on NBC with the NBC Opera Theater
  • 1966 "Joyful Noise" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1970 Walt Disney releases animated musical "The Aristocats" featuring voices of Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Hermione Baddeley, Sterling Holloway, and Scatman Crothers