Hosted By Stephen Peithman

Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern


Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
on Music Station

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Peithman"On Connections we focus on links between works or composers, and music that shares a common theme or inspiration,"
explains host Stephen Peithman. "It all adds up to great stories and great music."

Stephen has been contributing shows since 1984, first with Musical Stages, and now, Connections--all with the help of Recording Engineer Mark Jones.  More...

  • For a list of recordings used in each program, click on the program's title below, after the program has aired.

Upcoming Shows

LATEST SHOW | Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Pavane Connection

The pavane, from 16th century France to modern-day America

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Ophelia Connection

Shakespeare’s Ophelia in works by Brahms, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky and more

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Orpheus Connection

Orpheus—in music by Monteverdi, Haydn, Gluck, Liszt, Offenbach, Stravinsky—and more

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Hebraic Connection 2

Works by Mahler, Ravel, Korngold, Reznícek, Bernstein, and more.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Carol Connection 2

The stories behind some of the best-loved Christmas carols

Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Christmas Connection

Holiday-themed works by Corelli, Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Grainger, and Bartok.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Carol Connection 1

Classical works like Mendelssohn’s that have inspired Christmas songs--and traditional Christmas songs that have found their way into classical works.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Nutcracker Connection

The inside story behind this perennial holiday classic.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Nickname Connection

The stories behind the nicknames of works by Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and more.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Ocean Connection 2

Music of the sea, with works by Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Strauss, and more