Host Stephen Peithman explores ideas, themes and people shared by various classical works, Saturday afternoons at 4.

 4 p.m. Saturdays on the Music Station

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 be told -- and a lot of great music, too."

Stephen has been contributing shows to Capital Public Radio since 1983, 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 non-musical plays.

Upcoming Shows

Sep 06  The Incidental Connection

Theatrical works by Purcell, Bizet, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Grieg, and Vaughan Williams

Sep 20  The Forest Connection

The forest in music by Wagner, Mahler, Strauss, Debussy, Orff, Britten, and more.

Recent Shows

Aug 30  The New York Connection

A celebration of the Big Apple in works by Gershwin, Carpenter, Copland, Bernstein and mor

Aug 23  The Pavane Connection

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

Aug 16  The Funeral Connection

Funeral marches for a real queen, a fictional prince, a puppet, a parrot, and more

Aug 09  The Ocean Connection 2

Another trip to the sea, with works by Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Strauss, and more.

Aug 02  The Left Hand Connection

The incredible story of Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during the First World War, and selections from some of the famous works written for him to play with his left hand.

Jul 26  The Anthem Connection

The story behind "God Save the King" and the tune that has served as "America" and the German national anthem

Jul 19  The Sun Connection

The sun from dawn to dusk, in music by Vivaldi, Grieg, Strauss, Respighi, and more.

Jul 12  The Whitman Connection

Whitman settings by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frederick Delius, Kurt Weill, Howard Hanson, John Adams, and Leonard Bernstein

Jul 05  The American Connection

A celebration of American ideas and ideals by Copland -- and fellow composers -- that gave expression to a sense of national character and purpose during wartime.

Jun 28  The Debussy-Ravel Connection

The links between Debussy & Ravel, and their string quartets—in each case, the only one that either would ever write.
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