April 3rd 1926 marks the first performance of Jean Sibelius' Seventh Symphony. Take the two digits of the date, 04-03, add them together and you get what? Just like the Seventh Symphony. Is that comic, er, cosmic or what? Of course, at the time, the USSR did not take this event lightly (Seven symphonies from, from, from that man!?) Plans for war and an eventual takeover of Sibelius' home country were underway.
On April 3rd, 1943, the Broadway musical Barefoot Boy with Cheek opened at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York City. Have you ever heard of it? Neither had I until I was desperately looking for some musical event to put for today. Produced by the theatre legend George Abbott, it ran for less than three months and is therefore considered a flop. Ellen Hanley played Clothilde Pfefferkorn, which is totally meaningless but sounds cool.
George Barati, who was, yes, an actual composer was born on this day in 1913. He headed the Honolulu Opera for a time--you learn something every day, who knew Honolulu even had an opera company? A-LOH-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A.... Also, this Barati dude is useful if you are ever writing some lyrics and you need a word that rhymes with Karate (if you sorta mispronounce it).