This semester, I took a class on Frank Sinatra and his music. I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot on the amazing and talented singer. This is why I wanted to write about the premiere of one of the songs he sung. The song I chose is titled “Lucky be a Lady”. This song sung by Sinatra first premiered on the album “Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre” which was a compilation album comprised of various songs from different artists. This piece became one of Sinatra's go to songs to sing.

This song is important because of the deeper meaning…


The Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York put on a concert at Carnegie Hall on January 21st, 1937 and on January 22nd, 1937. Looking through the program for the concert, something I found interesting is that it states the performance was under direction of Igor Stravinsky the Guest Conductor-Composer. I wanted to mention this because I know for me personally, it is hard for me to forget that great composers like Stravinsky were alive not too long ago. I think it’s wonderful to know that Stravinsky conducted a concert of music he created at Carnegie Hall.

One of the works performed…


Looking at a concert program from November 3rd, 1881, there a many fascinating aspects. The first I would like to mention is throughout the 9 page program, there are various different advertisements. Looking at them really brings my into the time period of this concert. Many of the advertisements seem to be for various different piano companies. As well as advertisements piano repair companies, vocal and instrumental lessons, restaurants, etc. This makes sense given the viewers of the program are most likely musicians or music enthusiasts. I have viewed various different concert programs from around this time period and this…


On April 29th, 2021, I had the honor of witnessing the world premiere Edwin Guevara Gutiérrez’s Ibero-American Landscapes. This premiere took place in Crowder Hall at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music. This event was during the day at 11:00am on a Thursday. The quartet included the musicians Diana Schaible on flute, Cecelia Palma on cello, Misael Barraza Diaz on guitar, and Edwin Guevara Gutierrez on guitar. I was able to witness this premiere because of my class, Introduction to Music Literature. I was unsure what to expect going into this performance since I had never witnessed…


On April 29th, 1865, the Academy of Music put on a performance for one evening. There were works from a few different composers performed at this concert. One piece worth highlighting is Beethoven’s 9th symphony. It’s worth mentioning that the program of this concert specifies that the first part of the symphony was performed. It is also shown that this was the last piece performed for part one of the two part concert. This raises a few questions in my mind. Why was only the “first part” of Symphony №9 performed? …


There was a music festival in New York that took place on May 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 in 1881. There were pieces from various different artists performed at this festival. One piece in particular that caught my eye was “Dettingen Te Deum” by Handel. This was the first piece performed the night of the first evening concert. According to the program. Handel wrote this piece as a way to commemorate the victory won at Dettingen on June 27th, 1743. I have not heard this piece before. …


Euridice by Jacopo Peri is known as the earliest surviving opera. This is because the music of the earlier piece “Daphne” is mostly lost. Euridice is about the story or Orpheus and Euridice based off of Greek mythology. The musician Orpheus went to the Hades to try and revive his wife Euridice. Peri intended for this performance to be half spoken and half sung. The premiere of this opera took place in Italy on October in the year 1600.

However, Monteverdi's Orfeo is known as the first work in the genre of opera. After the premiere in 1607, it became…


One of my favorite musicals is Les Miserables. It is for this reason that I chose to write this post about the premiere of Les Mis. The very first world premiere took place in September of 1980 at the Palais des Sports in Paris. Of course, this first version of the musical was in French. After many successful performances, there was a demand to make an English adaptation. The English version first premiered in 1985 at the Barbican Arts Centre in London. Since this performance, the musical was running for over 30 years and there has been more than 11,000…


A memorable musical experience I had was the first time I performed at Carnegie Hall. It was with my high school choir during my senior year. So much time and energy was put into this performance and we all spent a lot of time rehearsing. So by the time we walked on stage and sang, we were all moved by the moment. Each song we sang has a special place with me and I still cry every time I hear the recording.

One specific piece that meant the most to me is titled “Ballade to the Moon” by Daniel Elder…

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