Events in Music on March 11

Music History

1829 Johann Sebastian Bach's "St Matthew Passion" is revived by Felix Mendelssohn, aged 20, conducting in Berlin

Music Premiere

1851 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" premieres in Venice

Music History

1893 Carlos Gardel and his mother, Berthe Gardès, arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1959 4th Eurovision Song Contest: Teddy Scholten for Netherlands wins singing "Een beetje" in Cannes

Theater Premiere

1959 Lorraine Hansberry's stage drama "A Raisin in the Sun", 1st Broadway play by a black woman, starring Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier, opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC; later transfers to the Belasco Theatre; runs for 530 performances

Music Single

1967 Pink Floyd releases 1st single "Arnold Layne"

Music History

1968 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 12nd string quartet

Music Single

1968 Otis Redding is the first person in the US to posthumously receive gold record for his single "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"

Grammy Awards

1970 12th Grammy Awards: Aquarius; Crosby Stills & Nash; Peggy Lee win

Music History

1971 Jim Morrison leaves for Paris to re-orient himself emotionally and creatively, and to avoid the jail sentence given to him in Miami, Florida. He never returns to the US.

  • 1972 "Inner City" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 97 performances

Music History

1991 Janet Jackson signs $40M 3 album deal with Virgin records

Music History

2008 Plácido Domingo named "The King of Singers" in BBC Music Magazine, based on voting by 16 renowned opera critics for the April 2008 issue

Album Release

2022 American rapper Lil Durk releases his 7th studio album "7220", debuts at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart