Events in Music on March 16

  • 1857 Stefano Ronchetti-Monteviti's opera "Pergolese" premieres at La Scala in Milan, Kingdom of Lombardy (now Italy)

Music Premiere

1894 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" premieres in Paris, includes piece “Méditation” for violin and orchestra

Music History

1896 Gustav Mahler' conducts premiere of his "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen" (Songs of a Wayfarer), leading the Berlin Philharmonic and Dutch baritone Anton Sistermans as soloist

Meeting of Interest

1900 AL meets in Chicago, Ban Johnson announces AL league will be Chicago White Stockings, Washington Senators, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Blues, Boston Americans, Philadelphia Athletics and Baltimore Orioles

Music Premiere

1938 Noël Coward's musical "Operette" premieres in London

Music History

1941 Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Shostakovich receives the Stalin Prize

  • 1946 "Would-Be Gentleman" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 77 performances

Music History

1948 Billie Holiday is released from prison early due to good behavior

  • 1969 Peter Stone & Sherman Edward's "1776" premieres at 46th St Theater NYC for 1217 performances
  • 1971 13th Grammy Awards: "Bridge Over Troubled Water", Carpenters win

Music History

1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are served with deportation papers

Music History

1972 Singer James Brown performs two shows for over 1,000 detainees awaiting trial at the Adolescent Remand Shelter on Rikers Island, NYC

  • 1974 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville
  • 1975 "Lieutenant" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 9 performances

Music History

1979 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney

Plane Crash

1991 Seven members of Reba McEntire's band are killed in a plane crash

Music History

2011 U.S. Postal Service issues a set of five "Latin Music Legends" stamps, including one of Carlos Gardel