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Host Stephen Peithman explores ideas, themes and people shared by various classical works.

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Peithman"On Connections we focus on works that display a strong influence of another work or composer, that draw directly from other works or share a common theme or inspiration," explains host Stephen Peithman. "There are great stories to tell -- and great music, too."

Stephen has been contributing shows to Capital Public Radio since 1984, first with Musical Stages, and now, Connections. He is the author of The Annotated Tales of Edgar Allan Poe and seven theatre-related books. A singer since his early years, he has performed with chamber ensembles, as a soloist, and as a performer in opera and musical theatre, as well as comedies & dramas.  More...

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

LATEST SHOW | Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Offbeat Connection

Concertos that composers have fashioned for instruments that are just a bit out of the ordinary


In Coming Weeks On Connections:

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday, April 04, 2015

The Clara Connection

Arguably the greatest pianist of her time, through her influence — direct and indirect — were written three of the great piano-and-orchestra works of the 19th century.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Loose Connection

Mistaken composer attributions of the classical music repertoire—some the result of carelessness, others due to honest mistakes—and a few cases of outright fabrication.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Railroad Connection

A celebration of trains and railways in classical music


Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Boston Connection

The remarkable music of "The Boston Six"—Arthur Foote, George Chadwick, Amy Beach, Edward MacDowell, Horatio Parker, and John Knowles Paine.


Saturday, March 07, 2015

L'Espagnole Connection

A French perspective on Spain—from Bizet’s Carmen to Debussy’s Iberia, from Chabrier’s Espana to Ravel’s Bolero


Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Herbert-Dvorak Connection

How Victor Herbert inspired Dvorak's great cello concerto


Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Debussy-Chopin Connection

Chopin’s influence on Debussy as he developed his own, utterly individual style


Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Avian Connection II

More musical flights of fancy--from Mozart & Handel to Ravel & Stravinsky, and beyond