On This Day

Events in Music on October 22

  • 1868 Jacques Offenbach's opera "Genevieve de Brabant" premieres in NYC
  • 1881 Boston Symphony Orchestra gives its first concert
  • 1883 New York's original Metropolitan Opera House has its grand opening with a performance of Charles Gounod's opera "Faust"
  • 1922 Parsifal Place laid out in Bronx, NY, named after a knight in Wagner's opera
  • 1930 1st concert of BBC Symphony Orchestra, at Queen's Hall, under Adrian Boult
  • 1959 Bob Merrill's musical "Take Me Along" opens at Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 448 performances
  • 1964 EMI rejects audition by "High Numbers"; they go on to become "The Who"

Music History

1969 Paul McCartney denies greatly exaggerated rumors of his death

  • 1975 "Me & Bessie" opens at Ambassador Theater. NYC; runs for 453 performances
  • 1978 "King of Hearts" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 1984 Paul McCartney releases "Give My Regards to Broad Street" soundtrack
  • 1986 John Forster and Lee Holdridge's musical "Into the Light", starring Dean Jones opens at Neil Simon Theater, NYC ; runs for 6 performances
  • 1987 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 262 performances
  • 1987 American composer John Adams's first opera, "Nixon in China", premieres at the Houston Grand Opera, in Houston, Texas

Music Concert

1988 Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden, NYC, for a record 26th time

  • 1994 "Philadelphia, Here I Come" closes at Criterion NYC after 52 performances
  • 1995 "Swinging On a Star" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 97 performances

Album Release

2012 "Red" 4th studio album by Taylor Swift is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2012/2013)