Hosted by: Stephen Peithman

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

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Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
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Peithman"On Connections we focus on music that draws directly from other works or composers, or shares 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.

Upcoming Shows

LATEST SHOW | Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Scherzo Connection

A look at how the scherzo came to be——and what it unexpectedly became


Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Organ Connection

Works for organ and orchestra, by Handel, Haydn, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Copland, and more.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Patron Connection

Some rather extraordinary patrons of music--and the works they inspired.


Saturday, June 06, 2015

The Film Connection

Film music by Thomson, Vaughan Williams, Prokofiev, Alfven, Walton, and Copland


Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Part-Time Connection

How Charles Ives, Alexander Borodin, and Henry VIII (among others) managed to turn out some pretty impressive music in their spare time


Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Latin Connection

Works by Gottschalk, Joplin, Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, and more, inspired by the music of Mexico and Cuba


Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Gershwin-Ravel Connection

The fascinating links between George Gershwin & Maurice Ravel


Saturday, May 09, 2015

The Faust Connection

How one book inspired Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner--indeed, an entire generation of composers


Saturday, May 02, 2015

The Walter Scott Connection

Music based on the writings of Sir Walter Scott, by Schubert, Rossini, Berlioz, and Bizet, among others


Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Spring Connection

Music of Spring, by Morley, Vivaldi, Schumann, Debussy, Sibelius, Orff, and Strauss