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

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

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.

Aug 09  The Ocean Connection 2

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

Recent Shows

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.

Jun 21  The Antarctic Connection

How Vaughan Williams transformed his score for Scott of the Antarctic into his seventh symphony, the Sinfonia Antartica

Jun 14  The Ophelia Connection

Shakespeare’s tragic maid in works by Brahms, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Thomas, and more.

Jun 07  The Wedding Connection

Wedding music by Bach, Wagner, Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Goldmark, Grieg, Saint-Saens, and Maxwell Davies

May 31  The Delibes Connection

The impact of French composer Leo Delibes on ballet music in general, and Tchaikovsky’s in particular.

May 24  The Music Connection

Music about music — from Handel to Schubert, from Strauss to Mahler, from Vaughan Williams to Bernstein.

May 17  The Borrowed Connection

Was Handel's use of other composers' music "creative borrowing" -- or something worse?
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