Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 13 September 2014, 7pm

Jessye Norman and Arnold Schoenberg are the anniversaries under the spotlight in tonight's show.

Jessye Norman American singer soprano mezzo

Today sees the 140th anniversary of the birth of Arnold Schoenberg, who went on to revolutionise the classical music world in the 20th century through the invention of serialism. Alex tells you more about him – and plays his music – this Saturday evening.  

Also this week, Alex says ‘happy birthday’ to the American soprano Jessye Norman and looks ahead to the 90th birthday of the celebrated Light Music composer Ernest Tomlinson.

WATCH: Jessye Norman's Guide to the Singer's Life >

And why did Gustav Holst change his name on 18th September 1918? Alex has all the answers.