Events in Music on November 20

Music Premiere

1805 Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio", his only opera, premieres at Vienna's Theater an der Wien

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

Music Premiere

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

  • 1911 Gustav Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" (Song of the Earth) premieres in Munich, conducted by Bruno Walter

Music Premiere

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

Theater Premiere

1957 Morton Wishengrad's dramatic play "Rope Dancers", starring Art Carney, Siobhán McKenna, and Theodore Bikel, premieres at Cort Theatre, NYC; runs for 189 performances

  • 1964 Dmitri Shostakovich's 9th/10th String Quartet premieres in Moscow
  • 1965 Cyril Ornadel and Leslie Bricusse's musical "Pickwick", based on Charles Dicken's novel "The Pickwick Papers", closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 56 performances
  • 1966 John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 1166 performances, wins 8 Tony Awards

Music Awards

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

Music History

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

Album Release

1981 Ringo Starr releases album "Stop and Smell the Roses" in the UK

  • 1983 "Marilyn: An American Fable" opens at Minskoff Theater, NYC; runs for 17 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

Album Release

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

  • 2015 XL/Columbia releases "25", 3rd studio album by Adele (Grammy Award for Album of the Year, 2017; 2016 Billboard Album of the Year)