Today in Music History
A Daily Look at Music History For Violin Students
A Look at What Happened on Today's Date
Long, Long Ago . . . Or Maybe Just Last Year
June 4
Did You Guess?
Supposedly when asked how the musician could get to Radio City Music Hall the policeman answered, "Practice. Practice.  Practice."
Can You Guess?
There is a story about a violinist who went up to a policeman in New York City  asking how he could get to Radio City Music Hall.  The policeman looked at the musician and gave a 3 word answer. Can You Guess what the policeman's answer was in the story?

Look at the Bottom of the Page for the Answer.
What Else
Erno Rapee, former music director of Radio City Music Hall, was born on this date in 1891.

Radio City Music Hall was conceived by John D. Rockefeller.  He planned to build a new Metropolitan Opera House in midtown Manhattan, but the Depression squelched those plans.  Rockefeller decided to build a complex of buildings so outstanding that even in those hard times commercial clients would rent space.  And he decided that the complex would have a positive impact on the city both architecturally and culturally.
1811 - Premiere of Carl Maria von Weber's opera, Abu Hassan.

1912 - Premiere of Chadwick's tone poem Aphrodite in Norfolk, Conn.

1914 - Premiere of Sibelius's Oceanides, in Norfolk, Conn., at the Litchfield Festival, with the composer conducting.

1919 - Robert Merrill, American baritone was born.  Famous Quote: "When in doubt, sing loud."

1937 - Country singer Freddie Fender was born in San Benito, Texas.

1945 - Gordon Waller, of the 60's British folksinging duo of Peter and Gordon was born.

1958 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: The Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley

1965 - The Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction entered US singles charts .

1984 - Bruce Springsteen releases his Born In The USA album.

1994 - Premiere of Philip Glass's opera La Belle et la BÍte (Beauty and the Beast).
1997 - Premiere of Richard Danielpour's ballet Urban Dances.

1999 - Premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Five Images after Sappho for voice and orchestra, at the Ojai Festival in California.
Radio City Music Hall     Click the Picture to go to Their Web Site
Rockettes   Click Picture to go to Their Web Site
The dance line from Radio City Music Hall is called the Rockettes.  They are among the best in the world.  Click the picture to go to their web site.
Each year the Rockettes perform in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and New York City's Columbus Day Parade.  They always help to light the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.  In 2001 they appeared in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of President Bush, where they danced down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Don't go to New York City without at least passing by the Radio City Music Hall.
Radio City Music Hall
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Radio City Music Hall's web site.
Teaming with Radio Corporation of America (RCA) the complex was complete, and the hall opened in 1932.  Since that time the Radio City Music Hall has hosted some of the most important entertainers in the world.

Radio City describes itself as, "An American People's Palace . . . Showplace of the Nation . . . The Premier Theatre for Film Premieres . . . Big Stars on the Big Stage."  More than 300 million people have visited Radio City since it opened. 

A tradition at Radio City is its Christmas show.  Every year more than a million visitors make the Radio City Christmas Spectacular part of their holiday festivities. The eight-week show has been a sell-out success since its debut in 1933. It is an enchanting combination of old favorites - including "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "The Living Nativity" - and new delights.  It now even goes on the road to such venues as Branson, Chicago, Cleveland and Dallas.
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Radio City Music Hall
La Belle et La Bete by Philip Glass
Soccer Fiddle Shirt
Fiddle Dances Shirt
Glass's Version of
Beauty and the Beast
A Pictorial History of
Early Radio City!
Soccer and Violin
DO Mix
F i F A Approved!

(Fiddlers in Football Attire)
The Violin Sings But the Fiddle Dances! 
Either Way, Playing One is FUN!