On This Day

Events in Music on November 20

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1805 Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio", his only opera, premieres in Vienna

  • 1889 Gustav Mahler's 1st Symphony premieres in Budapest and is not well received

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1901 Opera "Grisélidis" by Jules Massenet, Armand Silvestre and Eugène Morand premieres in Paris

Composer Jules Massenet
Jules Massenet

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1945 Dmitri Shostakovich's 9th Symphony under J Mravinski premieres

  • 1957 Morton Wishengrad's play "Rope Dancers" premieres in NYC
  • 1964 Dmitri Shostakovich's 9th/10th String Quartet premieres in Moscow
  • 1965 "Pickwick" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 1966 John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1166 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1968 2nd Country Music Association Award: Glen Campbell and Tammy Wynette win

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 George Harrison appears on "Saturday Night Live": haggling with Lorne Michaels; performing "Here Comes the Sun" and "Homeward Bound" with Paul Simon; and airing two music videos

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1983 "Marilyn: An American Fable" opens at Minskoff NYC for 16 performances
  • 1988 "Les Miserables" opens a Bus & Truck tour in Tampa
  • 1994 "Flying Karamzov Brothers..." opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
  • 1994 "Shadow Box" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • 1995 "Beatles' Anthology, Vol 1" released
  • 1995 "Racing Demon" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 1997 "Ivanov" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 51 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

2001 Josh Groban releases his debut album "Josh Groban"; sales exceed over 5 million units

Singer Josh Groban
Josh Groban

Music awardsMusic Awards

2011 38th American Music Awards: Adele, Bruno Mars & Taylor Swift win

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
Singer Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
  • 2015 "25" 3rd studio album by Adele is released (Grammy Award for Album of the Year 2017, 2016 Billboard Album of the Year)