Host Stephen Peithman explores ideas, themes and people shared by various classical works, Saturday afternoons at 4.
"I've always been intrigued by the connections between different compositions and/or composers," explains host Stephen Peithman, "and on Connections we explore those connections in a way that's both informative and entertaining. 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. There are great stories to be told, both comic and dramatic, 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 also is an author, including 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.
The surprising story of how Handel's "Messiah" came to be. Airs December 7th at 4 pm on the Music Station.
Stories behind well-known Christmas songs— including “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World” and “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen,” airs December 14th at 4 pm on the Music Station.
Instrumental and choral works for the season -- from ancient to modern, from stately to sprightly, in a pastoral mood. Airs December 21st at 4 pm on the Music Station.
Hebraic themes and styles in works by Ravel, Bloch, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Bernstein, and more. Airing November 30th at 4 pm, on the Music Station.
New England in vocal, instrumental and orchestral works by American composers from the 17th to 20th centuries.
Chopin’s influence on Debussy as he developed his own, utterly individual style.
An exploration of two of Vaughan Williams' best-loved works, and the folk songs that inspired them.
The city of Rome in music by Respighi, Mozart, Berlioz, Strauss and more
Ghosts, goblins and demons in music by Mussorgsky, Saint-Saens, Britten, Bernstein, and more.
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.
The moon in music by Dvorak, Offenbach, Orff, Debussy, Beethoven, and more.
How a single book inspired Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner -- indeed, an entire generation of composers.
Bach "re-imagined" by Mahler, Respighi, Elgar, and Schoenberg, among others