On This Day

Events in Music on December 26

  • 1830 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Anna Bolena" premieres in Milan
  • 1831 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "Norma" premieres in Milan
  • 1871 Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years.

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1879 Johannes Brahms' "Tragic Ouverture" premieres

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms
  • 1892 Opera "Cristoforo Colombo" is produced (La Scala)

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1931 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical play "Of Thee I Sing" by George and Ira Gershwin premieres on Broadway, New York City

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • 1936 Israel's Philarmonic Orchestra forms
  • 1946 "Beggar's Holiday" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 111 performances
  • 1946 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" opens at Century Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • 1947 "Cradle Will Ruck" opens at Mansfield Theater NYC for 34 performances
  • 1957 Roger Sessions' 3rd Symphony premieres in London

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1960 Musical "Do re mi" with Phil Silvers premieres St James Theater in NYC

Comedian and Actor Phil Silvers
Comedian and Actor
Phil Silvers

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1962 Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Katerina Ismailova" premieres in Moscow

  • 1963 "Double Dublin" opens at Little Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1963 The Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" in the US
  • 1964 Beatles' "I Feel Fine" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

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1965 Paul McCartney is interviewed on pirate radio station Radio Caroline

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

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1966 Jimi Hendrix writes "Purple Haze" backstage at the Upper Cut Club, London

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1968 Led Zeppelin's concert debut in Denver as opener for Vanilla Fudge
  • 1976 "Music Is" closes at St James Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1987 "Les Miserables" opens at National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavik
  • 1988 "Legs Diamond" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 64 performances