Events in Music on September 26

  • 1835 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" premieres at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (now Italy)

Music History

1892 1st public appearance of John Philip Sousa's New Marine Band, at Stillman Music Hall in Plainfield, New Jersey

  • 1898 Victor Herbert and Harry Smith's operetta "The Fortune Teller" premieres at Wallack's Theater, New York City
  • 1904 Charles Kleins "Music Master" premieres in NYC
  • 1927 St James Theater (Erlanger) opens at 246 W 44th St, NYC

Music Premiere

1957 Leornard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins' musical "West Side Story" premieres at the Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 732 performances, wins 2 Tony Awards

  • 1961 "From the Second City" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 87 performances

Music Concert

1967 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Violin concert premieres in Moscow

  • 1969 Apple Records releases The Beatles 11th studio album "Abbey Road", their final recordings as a quartet; tops the charts in 11 countries

Album Release

1974 Apple Records releases John Lennon's fifth studio album, "Walls & Bridges" in US; features No. 1 single "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" (with Elton John) and "#9 Dream"

  • 1982 "Doll's Life" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 5 performances

Music History

1984 Berlin appeals court clears Paul McCartney in a paternity suit

  • 1986 Run-DMC is the 1st rap group to hit the top 10 with "Raising Hell"

Film Premiere

2006 Martin Scorsese's "The Departed", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, premieres in New York City (Best Picture 2007)

  • 2021 74th Tony Awards: "Moulin Rouge!" Best Musical, "The Inheritance" Best Play, Aaron Tveit, Lois Smith and Adrienne Warren win