Events in Music on March 23

Music Premiere

1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" premieres at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

  • 1881 Gas lamp sets fire to Théâtre Municipal” opera house in Nice, France; 70 die, and building completely destroyed

Music Premiere

1886 Tchaikovsky's "Manfred" symphony premieres in Moscow, Russia, conducted by Max Erdmannsdörfer

  • 1896 Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chénier" premieres in Milan

Music History

1901 Australian opera star Dame Nellie Melba reveals secret of her now famous toast

  • 1923 Frank Silver and Irving Conn publish their hit song "Yes, We Have No Bananas"
  • 1933 Kroll Opera in Berlin opens

Music Premiere

1939 1st performance of Béla Bartók's 2nd Violin Concerto at the Concertgebow, Amsterdam with Zoltán Székely on violin and Willem Mengelberg conducting the Concertgebouw Orchestra

  • 1950 "Great to Be Alive" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • 1963 8th Eurovision Song Contest: Grethe and Jorgen Ingmann for Denmark win singing "Dansevise" in London

Historic Publication

1964 "In His Own Write", a book of short stories, poems and drawings by John Lennon is published

Album Release

1968 Reprise Records releases "Song To A Seagull", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's debut studio album

  • 1970 "Hello Darlin'" single released by Conway Twitty (Billboard Song of the Year, 1970)

Music History

1973 Yoko Ono is granted permanent residence in USA

Music Concert

1977 Elvis Presley begins his final concert tour

  • 1979 Wings release "Goodnight Tonight"
  • 1985 Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
  • 1988 Geffen Records releases "Chalk Mark In A Rain Storm", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 13th studio album
  • 1995 Revival of Frank Loesser's musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC; runs for 548 performances
  • 1997 "Mandy Patinkin in Concert" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC

Music Single

1999 "Livin' la Vida Loca" sung by Ricky Martin released - goes on to sell over 8 million copies

Album Release

2004 Usher releases his 4th studio album “Confessions” (2004 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award Best Contemporary R&B Album 2005)