Events in Music on February 24

  • 1607 Claudio Monteverdi's opera "L'Orfeo" premieres in Mantua, oldest opera still regularly performed

Music Premiere

1711 George Frideric Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premieres at Haymarket theatre in London

  • 1939 Roy Harris' 3rd Symphony premieres in Boston
  • 1951 "Bless You All" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 84 performances

Music Premiere

1955 Cole Porter's final Broadway musical "Silk Stockings", loosely based on the Melchior Lengyel's "Ninotchka", opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 478 performances

Music Concert

1956 Walter Piston's 5th Symphony, commissioned by the Juilliard School of Music for their 50th anniversary, premiere performance by the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Jean Morel

  • 1962 "New Faces of '62" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • 1962 "Sail Away" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • 1964 "My Heart Skips a Beat" single released by Buck Owens (Billboard No. 1 U.S. Hot Country Singles, 1964)
  • 1965 Beatles begin filming "Help" in Bahamas
  • 1968 "Darling of the Day" closes at George Abbott NYC after 31 performances

Academy of Country Music Awards

1977 12th Academy of Country Music Awards: Mickey Gilley and Crystal Gayle win

  • 1980 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1982 24th Grammy Awards: "Bette Davis Eyes", "Double Fantasy" win

Grammy Awards

1987 29th Grammy Awards: "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood; "Graceland" by Paul Simon; and Bruce Hornsby win

  • 1991 English-Yiddish musical revue "Those Were The Days" closes at Edison Theater, NYC, after 126 performances


1998 Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

Grammy Awards

1999 41st Grammy Awards: "My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic)" and Lauryn Hill win