Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 16 August 2014, 7pm

The impact of the First World War on La Scala Milan is among the significant musical events marked by Alex James this week.

Every Saturday night, Alex James takes a look at all the important anniversaries in the classical music world in the coming week.

Tonight, he explores the effect of World War 1 on the opera house La Scala in Milan. 

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Alex also celebrates the birthdays of violinist Daniel Hope and pianist Artur Pizarro, and encounters a young Mozart on his first concert tour of Frankfurt.  

It's also the anniversary of the first TV opera broadcast, the premiere of Bernstein's West Side Story, and Alex uncovers the moment Hector Berlioz decided to turn his back on medicine and embrace music instead.

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