On This Day

Events in Music on December 9

  • 1842 Mikhail Glinka's opera "Russlan and Ludmilla" premieres at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre, in St. Petersburg, Russia

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1905 Richard Strauss' opera "Salome" premieres in Dresden

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Dmitri Shostakovich appointed honored guest of Royal Swedish Academy of Music

  • 1961 "From the Second City" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • 1961 "Let It Ride" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 68 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1964 John Coltrane's Quartet records their greatest work "A Love Supreme" at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

Music concertMusic Concert

1967 Jim Morrison arrested on stage for disturbing the peace at the New Haven Arena, Connecticut, making him the 1st rock star to be taken into custody during a performance

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1973 "Pajama Game" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • 1989 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Theatre, Melbourne

Music awardsMusic Awards

1991 2nd Billboard Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Boyz II Men & U2 win

Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus
King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music awardsMusic Awards

1992 3rd Billboard Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Garth Brooks & Dr. Dre win

Singer Whitney Houston
Singer
Whitney Houston
Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
Rapper and Record Producer Dr. Dre
Rapper and Record Producer
Dr. Dre
  • 1993 "My Fair Lady" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 165 performances
  • 2017 Funeral for French rock star Johnny Hallyday draws hundreds of thousands onto Paris streets

Film release premierFilm Premier

2017 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" directed by Rian Johnson, starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver premieres in Los Angeles