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
"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.
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.
Another trip to the sea, with works by Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Strauss, and more.
Funeral marches for a real queen, a fictional prince, a puppet, a parrot, and more
The story behind "God Save the King" and the tune that has served as "America" and the German national anthem
The sun from dawn to dusk, in music by Vivaldi, Grieg, Strauss, Respighi, and more.
Whitman settings by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frederick Delius, Kurt Weill, Howard Hanson, John Adams, and Leonard Bernstein
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.
The links between Debussy & Ravel, and their string quartets—in each case, the only one that either would ever write.
How Vaughan Williams transformed his score for Scott of the Antarctic into his seventh symphony, the Sinfonia Antartica
Shakespeare’s tragic maid in works by Brahms, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Thomas, and more.
Wedding music by Bach, Wagner, Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Goldmark, Grieg, Saint-Saens, and Maxwell Davies
The impact of French composer Leo Delibes on ballet music in general, and Tchaikovsky’s in particular.
Music about music — from Handel to Schubert, from Strauss to Mahler, from Vaughan Williams to Bernstein.