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1607 Birth of violin maker Giuseppe GUARNERI in Cremona Italy. Search Amazon.com for Giuseppe GUARNERI [ED note: Received additional information on this entry "referring to Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri (known as Joseph Guarnerious del Gesu, perhaps the most famous of the family line), it appears that he died on 17 Oct 1744, and was born on 21 Aug 1698. See the following links: Wikipedia and Guarneria.com.]
1891 First afternoon concert by the Chicago Symphony at the Chicago Auditorium, with Theodore Thomas conducting music of Wagner, Faust Overture, Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Rafael Joseffy, and Dvorák's HussiteOverture. Search Amazon.com for Theodore Thomas conducting
1913 Birth of Italian baritone Geno Bechi, in Florence, Oct. 16, 1913; d. Florence, Feb. 2, 1993
1913 Birth of composer Cesar Bresgen, Austrian
1916 FP of FALL's "Die Kaiserin" Berlin.
1918 Birth of French baritone Geori Boué, in Toulouse, Oct. 16, 1918.
1919 FP of LEONCAVALLO's "A chi la giarettiera?" posthumous/operetta; Rome.
1920 Death of Brazilian composer Alberto Nepomunceno in Rio de Janeiro. b-Fortaleza, 6 JUL 1864.
1924 FP of KRENEK's "Zwingburg" Berlin.
1925 FP of Richard Strauss' Parergon to the Symphonia domestica for piano left hand and orchestra, Paul Wittgenstein performing in Dresden.
1926 Birth of American soprano Madelaine CHAMBERS, aka Madelaine Herenchak and Alice Chemerys, in NYC. d-Philadelphia, PA, 30 APR 1999 of Leukemia. Attended New York University, Columbia University, the Juilliard School of Music, and received a Fulbright Scholarship for one year's study in Italy, 1952. First place at the International Competition for Opera Singers at Lausanne. Won the Metropolitan Auditions of the Air, 1955. Début as Musetta in La Bohèm, Teatro Nuovo, Milan, 1954; New York City Opera as Micaela in Carmen. MET Opera début 2 FEB 1956 as Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, 4 seasons, 136 perf., 11 roles.
1932 Birth of American conductor Henry LEWIS in LA, CA. Married briefly to soprano Marilyn Horne from 1960 to divorce in 1977. d-NYC, 26 JAN 1996: MET Opera 6 seasons 1964-65, 72-77, 139-perf. of 6-works.
1958 Conductor-lecturer Leonard Bernstein's first presentation of a 'major view of American music' with The New York Philharmonic performing works by Wallingford Riegger, John J. Becker and Carl Ruggles. Search Amazon.com for Leonard Bernstein