Events in Music on October 18

  • 1752 Premiere of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's opera "Le Devin du Village" (The Village Soothsayer), before the royal court at Fontainebleau, France

Music Premiere

1855 Franz Liszt's symphonic poem "Prometheus" premieres

Music Premiere

1904 Gustav Mahler's 5th symphony premieres in Cologne, Germany

Music Premiere

1939 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Too Many Girls" premieres in NYC

  • 1945 Paul Robeson wins Spingarn Medal for singing & acting achievements

Music Premiere

1946 Aaron Copland's 3rd Symphony premieres

  • 1952 "Buttrio Square" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 7 performances

Film Release

1961 Film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical "West Side Story", directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, and starring Natalie Wood, debuts (Academy Award - Best Picture, 1962)

Music Recording

1962 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "Let's Dance"

  • 1966 "Apple Tree" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 463 performances

Film Release

1967 Walt Disney's animated musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" film is released; cast featured Phil Harris, Louis Prima, Sterling Holloway, and Sebastian Cabot

Music History

1968 Police find 219 grains of cannabis resin in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's apartment, they are fined £150 for marijuana possession

Music History

1969 British singer Rod Stewart joins Small Faces

  • 1973 Judd Woldon & Robert Britten's musical"Raisin" opens at 46th St Theater, NYC for 847 performances
  • 1974 Wings (Country Hams) release "Walking in the Park with Eloise"
  • 1979 "Beatlemania" opens in London

Music History

1990 Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens' musical "Once on This Island", based on Rosa Guy's novel "My Love, My Love" (a Caribbean-set retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid"), opens at Booth Theater, NYC; runs for 469 performances

  • 1991 "Most Happy Fella" closes at NY State Theater NYC

Film Release

1991 "My Own Private Idaho" directed and written by Gus van Sant starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves is released

  • 1992 "Oba Oba '93" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 22 performances

Music History

2000 Zack de la Rocha announces he is leaving rock band Rage Against the Machine

Music Premiere

2001 Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus' musical "Mamma Mia!", featuring the songs of ABBA, opens at The WInter Garden Theatre, NYC, later transferring to The Broadhurst; runs for 5,733 performances

  • 2022 American cellist Yo-Yo Ma is awarded the fifth $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize