Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 4 June 2016, 7pm

James Levine

Alex James marks the major classical music anniversaries for the coming week.

Tonight, Alex marks the 1971 debut of James Levine (pictured) with the Metropolitan Opera, and a prestigious appointment for Dvorak in New York.

He also discovers the bizarre story about how Haydn’s head was reunited with his body, 150 years after his death.

There are premieres to mark, too, including Vaughan Williams’ Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus, and the founding of the London Symphony Orchestra – Classic FM’s Orchestra in the City of London – in 1904.

Classic FM Apps

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Cat composer Alexander Livitsanos

This utterly adorable kitten is the ultimate distraction from work

chocolate bar musical taste

Can we guess your favourite chocolate bar from your favourite composer?

broken e-string violin

This clip captures the sheer horror of an E-string snapping halfway through a live radio broadcast