Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 16 July 2016, 7pm

Violinist Pinchas Zukerman is among the classical music birthdays that Alex is celebrating this week.

Pinchas Zukerman

In his regular Saturday night survey of the major classical music anniversaries for the week ahead, Alex celebrates the birthdays of violinist Pinchas Zukerman – who turns 68 today, pianist Joanna MacGregor, and composer Nigel 'Ladies in Lavender' Hess.

Watch: Pinchas Zukerman: "A woman once told me she gave birth watching my performance of Elgar's Violin Concerto >

Alex also marks the world premiere of Handel’s Water Music, and finds out what notable honour George Gershwin received in 1925 – the first time any American composer had been celebrated in this way.