Events in Music on December 8

Music Premiere

1813 Ludwig van Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A, premieres in Vienna with Beethoven conducting

Music Premiere

1849 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Luisa Miller" premieres in Naples

Music Premiere

1914 Irving Berlin's musical "Watch your Step" premieres in NYC

Music Premiere

1915 Jean Sibelius' 5th Symphony in E premieres

Music Premiere

1930 Cole Porter's musical "The New Yorkers" opens at B. S. Moss's Broadway Theatre, NYC; runs for 169 performances

  • 1947 "Caribbean Carnival" opens at International Theater NYC for 11 performances
  • 1948 "Marinka" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 168 performances

Film Premiere

1949 "On the Town", the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, premieres

  • 1949 Jule Styne's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 740 performances
  • 1951 "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 267 performances
  • 1956 Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues" single goes #1 for 10 weeks

Music History

1957 CBS broadcasts "The Sound of Jazz", live from NYC: an all-star program featuring swing era and contemporary jazz artists, including Count Basie, Red Allen, Ben Webster;, Thelonious Monk, and Gerry Mulligan;, highlight is the last collaboration of Billie Holiday and Lester Young on "Fine and Mellow"

Music History

1960 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin broadcast, for a 3rd time, on NBC as a special event, videotaped in color for future rebroadcasts

  • 1962 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closes at Shubert NYC after 300 performances
  • 1963 "Girl Who Came to Supper" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 112 performances
  • 1967 The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" EP is released in UK; issued in US as an album, including additional singles from 1967
  • 1973 "Seesaw" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 296 performances
  • 1975 "Raisin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 847 performances

Famous Photo

1980 Annie Leibovitz has a photo-shoot with John Lennon, the last person to professionally photograph him before he is murdered on the same day

  • 1982 "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" opens at Ambassador NYC for 6 performances
  • 1991 "Homecoming" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 1991 "Nick & Nora" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 9 performances

Music Awards

1993 4th Billboard Music Awards: Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard Soundtrack win

  • 1994 "What's Wrong With this Picture?" opens at Circle in Sq NYC for 12 per
  • 1995 Krzysztof Penderecki conducts the Munich Philharmonic for the premiere of his Symphony No. 3
  • 1996 "God Said, Ha!" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 22 performances

Music History

1997 Revival of Neil Simon's comedy "The Sunshine Boys", starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randell, opens at Lyceum Theater, NYC; runs for 230 performance

  • 2019 Vienna State Opera stages its first show by a female composer in 150 years - Olga Neuwirth’s opera, “Orlando”