Alex James's Date Night: upcoming shows

Alex James studio Classic FM

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Each Saturday night, Alex James explores the anniversaries, birthdays and 'on this day' events from the world of classical music for the week ahead.

There are joyful births to celebrate and deaths to mourn; historic premieres to mark; and award ceremonies to remember. 

You can listen to last week's Alex Jame's Date Night on our Classic FM Radio Player, or go to the Classic FM Playlist for a list of the pieces played in each programme.

 

Upcoming shows:   

Saturday 19th August, 7pm

Join Alex James as he celebrates the most important dates in the classical music calendar over the week ahead.

On tonight’s show, Alex celebrates the 1957 Washington premiere of West Side Story, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. In August 1961, meanwhile, Aaron Copland received a telegram from President Kennedy – find out why tonight – while in 1827, Austrian composer Josef Strauss (brother of Johann Strauss Junior) was born in what is now Vienna. We’ll be hearing some of his finest music tonight.

Alex also celebrates the birthday of the French film composer Alexandre Desplat – the man behind the music for such box office hits as The Queen, The King’s Speech and Girl with the Pearl Earring.


Saturday 26th August, 7pm

Join Alex James as he celebrates the most important dates in the classical music calendar over the week ahead.

Tonight, Alex marks Tchaikovsky’s completion of his Symphony No.5 in 1888; the first marriage of Johann Strauss Junior in 1862; and three classical music birthdays: the British composer Eric Coates in 1886, the English pianist Imogen Cooper in 1949, and the world-renowned violinst Pinchas Zukerman in 1971.

Alex also explains why Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were glad to have been fired in 1777, and why the composer Luigi Boccherini had to wait two years for an answer after applying for a job as a cellist.


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