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Host Stephen Peithman explores ideas, themes and people shared by various classical works.

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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 comedies & dramas.  More...

  • For a list of recordings used in each program, click on the program's title below, after the program has aired.

LATEST SHOW | Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Nutcracker Connection

The story behind the perennial holiday classic, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Airs at 4pm on CapRadio Music.


In Coming Weeks On Connections:

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Hebraic Connection

Works by Ravel, Bloch, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Bernstein and more.


Saturday, December 06, 2014

The Nocturne Connection

An appreciation of the Nocturne, with music by Liszt, Field, Chopin, Borodin, Debussy, Copland, and more.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Trumpet Connection

Works for solo trumpet and orchestra by Purcell, Haydn, Copland, Hovhaness, and more.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

The New England Connection

New England in vocal, instrumental and orchestral works by American composers from the 17th to 20th centuries.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Diversion Connection

The quirky world of the divertissement—and its cousin, the divertimento—from Baroque to Modern


Saturday, November 08, 2014

Saturday, November 01, 2014

The Keyboard Connection

Music written for — and performed on — instruments that preceded the piano, as well as the first (and quite different sounding) pianos of Mozart and Beethoven.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Demonic Connection

Music by Mussorgsky, Saint-Saens, Britten, Bernstein, and more


Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Masked Connection

Musical masquerades by Strauss, Schumann, Berlioz, Verdi, Prokofiev, and more.