Events in Music on March 5

Music Premiere

1807 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 4th Symphony in B

Steinway & Sons Piano

1853 Piano company Steinway & Sons founded by Heinrich Steinweg (later Henry Steinway) in New York City

  • 1856 Covent Garden Opera House, London, destroyed in a fire
  • 1868 Arrigo Boito's opera "Mefistofele" premieres in Milan
  • 1899 1st performance of Edward MacDowell's 2nd Concerto in D
  • 1907 1st radio broadcast of a musical composition aired
  • 1919 Louis Hirsch & Harold Atteridge's musical premieres in NYC

Music Premiere

1942 World première of Dmitri Shostakovich' 7th Symphony in Kuybyshev, Russia

Music Premiere

1944 1st performance of Walter Piston's 2nd Symphony by the National Symphony, in Washington, D.C.

  • 1954 "Girl in Pink Tights" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 performances
  • 1963 Beatles record "From Me to You" & "Thank You Girl"
  • 1965 1st performance of Walter Piston's 8th Symphony (his last), by the Boston Symphony, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf
  • 1966 11th Eurovision Song Contest: Udo Jurgens for Austria wins singing "Merci, Cherie" in Luxembourg

Film Release

1970 "Airport" based on the book by Arthur Hailey, directed by George Seaton and starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin is released

Music Premiere

1971 "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones

  • 1972 Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party
  • 1974 "Candide" opens at Broadway Theater, NYC; runs for 740 performances

Film and TV Awards

1977 3rd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

  • 1978 "Hello, Dolly!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 152 performances
  • 1981 Michael Stewart's musical "Bring Back Birdie" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC for 4 performances
  • 1994 Jefffesron Airplane/Starship singer Grace Slick arrested for pointing a gun at a cop

Television Premiere

2002 American reality TV program The Osbournes" featuring family of Ozzy Osbourne premieres on MTV