On This Day

Events in Music on December 4

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1843 Robert Schumann's "Das Paradies und die Peri" premieres in Leipzig

Composer Robert Schumann
Composer
Robert Schumann

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1927 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Symphony premieres in Moscow

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1927 Duke Ellington opens at the Cotton Club in Harlem

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1928 Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee!" premieres on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC
  • 1948 "Magdalena" closes at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC, after 48 performances

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1951 Aaron Copland's and Jerome Robbins' ballet "The Pied Piper" premieres in New York City

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • 1954 "Hit the Trail" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1954 "On Your Toes" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • 1964 The Beatles release their "Beatles For Sale" album
  • 1965 "Roar of the Greasepaint" closes at Shubert NYC after 232 performances

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1980 Two months after death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin announces they will disband

Drummer John Bonham
Drummer
John Bonham
  • 1983 "Amen Corner" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 83 performances
  • 1983 David Shire & Richard Maltby, Jr.'s musical "Baby" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 241 performances

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1984 6th ACE Cable Awards: David Bowie: Serious Moonlight by Anthony Eaton and HBO

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 1985 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London
  • 1991 Judds final concert (Nashville)
  • 1994 "Angels in America-Perestroika" closes at W Kerr NYC after 216 performances
  • 1994 "Angels in America-Millennium Approach" closes at Kerr after 367 performances

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1996 7th Billboard Music Awards: Alanis Morissette win

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette
  • 1997 "Diary of Anne Frank" opens at Music Box Theater NYC

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2014 NBC airs musical "Peter Pan Live!" starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken; substantially revised from the earlier Mary Martin productions

  • 2017 New York's Metropolitan Opera suspends conductor James Levine after allegations of sexual misconduct