Events in Music on November 17

Music Premiere

1839 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di" premieres in Milan

  • 1842 Opera "Linda di Chamounix" by Gaetano Donizetti is produced in London
  • 1866 Opera "Mignon" by Ambroise Thomas premieres at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, Francce

Music Premiere

1876 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's patriotic Slavonic March makes its premiere in Moscow to a warm reception

  • 1888 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky' conducts the premiere of his 5th Symphony at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1930 Musical "Sweet & Low" with Fanny Brice premieres in NYC

Music Premiere

1939 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's musical "Very Warm for May", featuring June Allyson, Eve Arden, and Vera-Ellen, and directed by Vincente Minnelli opens at the Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs for 59 performances, inspiring 9-year old audience member Stephen Sondheim's love for musical theater

  • 1941 Virgil Thomson's 2nd Symphony, premieres
  • 1945 "Girl from Nantucket" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1962 "Nowhere to Go, But Up" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 9 performances

Music Premiere

1962 Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 257 performances

  • 1967 Beatles Ltd & Apple Music Ltd swap names

Music History

1967 Davy Jones of the Monkees opens a boutique, Zilch I, in Greenwich Village, New York

  • 1968 John Kander and Fred Ebbs' musical "Zorba" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 305 performances

Music Recording

1970 Elton John performs a live studio concert broadcast for WABC in New York City, later released as his 11-17-70 album

  • 1977 Bernard Pomerance's "Elephant Man" premieres in London

Album Release

1980 John Lennon releases "Double Fantasy" album in UK

Album Release

1980 RCA-Victor Records releases "9 to 5 and Odd Jobs", the 23rd studio album by country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton

  • 1981 "1st" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • 1983 "La Tragedie de Carmen" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 187 performances

Film Premiere

1983 Film "Yentl" produced, directed and starring Barbra Streisand and Mandy Patinkin premieres, based on play and story by Isaac Bashevis Singer

  • 1986 "Oh Coward!" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 56 performances

Album Release

1987 The Madonna compilation album "You Can Dance" is released

  • 1991 "Brigadoon" closes at New York State Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1992 "Gypsy Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 55 performances
  • 1992 "The Bodyguard" movie soundtrack is released by Arista Records (Billboard Album of the Year 1993)
  • 1993 "Grand Night For Singing" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 52 performances

Music Premiere

1994 Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton's musical "Sunset Boulevard" opens at Minskoff Theater, NYC; runs for 977 performances, wins 7 Tony Awards

  • 1996 "Present Laughter" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC

Album Release

1998 Mariah Carey releases album "#1's"

Music History

1998 Whitney Houston releases "My Love is Your Love"

Music History

2003 Britney Spears, at 21 years old, becomes the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • 2005 Italy's choice of national anthem, "Il Canto degli Italiani", becomes official in law for the first time, almost 60 years after it was provisionally chosen following the birth of the republic.