Hosted By Stephen Peithman

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


Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
on Music Station

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Peithman"On Connections we focus on links between works or composers, and music that shares a common theme or inspiration,"
explains host Stephen Peithman. "It all adds up to great stories and great music."

Stephen has been contributing shows since 1984, first with Musical Stages, and now, Connections--all with the help of Recording Engineer Mark Jones.  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, September 15, 2018

The American Connection

A celebration of American ideas and ideals by Copland and fellow composers

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Serenade Connection

Serenades by Mozart, Brahms, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Rodrigo and more

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Piano Quintet Connection

How nine composers met the challenges of the piano quintet, from Boccherini to Brahms to Shostakovich

Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Bernstein Connection

Leonard Bernstein at 100, and his wide-ranging influence on music — how we listen to it, hear and feel it.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Boston Connection

The remarkable music of six important—and often overlooked—19th century Americans, who laid the groundwork for composers of the 20th.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Tempest Connection

Works inspired by—or thought to have been inspired by—Shakespeare's play, including music by Beethoven, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Sullivan, and more.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Fugue Connection

From its heyday in the 17th and 18th centuries up to the present day, it's often been used in surprising ways.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Hymn Connection

How and why two of the 20th century’s most popular orchestral works are based on hymns

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Haydn-Mozart Connection

The deep friendship between Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the great music it inspired

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Scherzo Connection

How the scherzo came to be—and what it unexpectedly became.