Events in Music on December 4

Music History

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

Music Premiere

1927 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Symphony premieres in Moscow

Music History

1927 Duke Ellington opens at the Cotton Club in Harlem

  • 1928 Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee!", starring Eddie Cantor, premieres on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC; runs for 407 performances
  • 1948 "Magdalena" closes at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC, after 48 performances

Music History

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

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

Music History

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

  • 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; runs for 241 performances

Music History

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

  • 1985 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London
  • 1991 Country music mother and daughter act The Judds "farewell" concert at Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; later re-unions and "farewells" in 2000, 2010, 2015, and 2021
  • 1994 Tony Kushner's drama "Angels in America: Millennium Approach" closes at Walter Kerr Theater, NYC, after 367 performances, and 4 Tony Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize
  • 1994 Tony Kushner's drama "Angels in America: Perestroika" closes at Walter Kerr Theater, NYC, after 216 performances, and 3 Tony Awards

Music Awards

1996 7th Billboard Music Awards: Alanis Morissette wins

  • 1997 "Diary of Anne Frank" opens at Music Box Theater NYC

Music History

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