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Tuesday, September 16
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Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich
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Shostakovich on Broadway? ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Vincent Youmans (1898 - 1946):
No, No Nanette Overture
Broadway cast album
Columbia 30563

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Vincent Youmans
More on Youmans
On Dimitri Shostakovich

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1887—French composition teacher Nadia Boulanger, in Paris; Her pupils included a number of famous American composers from Aaron Copland to Philip Glass;
1844—French flutist and composer Paul Taffanel, in Bordeaux;

Premieres:
1925 — Broadway premiere of Vincent Youmans' musical, "No, No Nanette," which had opened in Detroit on April 21, 1924, and had successful productions in Chicago and London before reaching New York City;
1965 — Duke Ellington: First Sacred Concert, at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco;
1966 — Barber: opera, "Anthony and Cleopatra" at the opening of the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center;
1995 — Harrison Birtwistle: "Panic" for alto sax, drummer, and orchestra, at the "Last Night" of the Centenary Proms at Royal Albert Hall in London, with the BBC Symphony conducted by Andrew Davis, with John Harle (sax) and Oauk Clarvis (dummer);
1999 — Libby Larsen: "Solo Symphony," by the Colorado Symphony, Marin Alsop conducting;

Other:
1920—Italian tenor Enrico Caruso makes his last records (selections by Meyerbeer, Lully, Bartlett, and Rossini) for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey; He would make his last operatic appearance at the old Metropolitan Opera House on Christmas Eve in 1920 (an evening performance of Halevy's "La Juive"), and die the following summer in Naples;
1977—Opera diva Maria Callas dies of a heart attack, age 53, in Paris.


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