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, December 8, 2018

The Carol Connection 1

Classical works that have inspired Christmas songs, and traditional Christmas songs that have found their way into classical works

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Hebraic Connection 2

Works by Mahler, Ravel, Korngold, Rezníček, Bernstein, and more.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

The Music Connection

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

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Adagio Connection

How a simple tempo notation has made for some memorable music

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Hymn Connection 2

Choral, instrumental and symphonic music referencing Martin Luther's hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” and the lesser known Dresden “Amen.”

Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Italian Connection

Works inspired by the music, people and scenery of Italy--by Elgar, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Richard Strauss.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Forest Connection

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

Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Dance Suite Connection

The surprising story of the Baroque suite

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The One-Hit Wonder Connection

Johann Pachelbel and his famous Canon, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas--and more.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

The Robin Hood Connection

The story behind the film's music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, complete with dramatic turnabouts, and an unforgettable cast of characters, from Hollywood bigwigs to Nazi storm troopers.