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

Oct 12  The Lunar Connection

The moon in music by Dvorak, Offenbach, Orff, Debussy, Beethoven, and more.

Oct 19  The Clara Connection

Arguably the greatest pianist of her time, through her influence — direct and indirect — were written three of the great piano-and-orchestra works of the 19th century.

Oct 26  The Demonic Connection

Ghosts, goblins and demons in music by Mussorgsky, Saint-Saens, Britten, Bernstein, and more.

Today's Show

Oct 05  The Faust Connection

How a single book inspired Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner -- indeed, an entire generation of composers.

Recent Shows

Sep 28  The Bach Connection

Bach "re-imagined" by Mahler, Respighi, Elgar, and Schoenberg, among others

Sep 21  The Autumn Connection

The many faces of autumn in music by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, MacDowell, Debussy and more

Sep 14  The Robin Hood Connection

How and why composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold recycled a forgotten concert work to create the Oscar-winning score for The Adventures of Robin Hood.

Sep 07  The War Connection

The impact of the First World War as reflected in the music of Debussy, Ravel, Elgar, Holst, Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams, and more.

Aug 31  The Mountain Connection

"Mountain music" by Berlioz, Strauss, Hovhaness and more.

Aug 24  The Beethoven 5/6 Connection

The surprising links between Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth Symphonies

Aug 17  The River Connection

Music about rivers, from the Rhine to the Amazon, from the Mississippi to the Danube.

Aug 10  The Art Connection

Classical music inspired by works of art

Aug 03  The Firebird Connection

Long before Igor Stravinsky’s celebrated ballet of 1910, the Firebird legend had for years haunted Russian art and music.

Jul 27  The Fish Connection

Fish in works by Schubert, Saint-Saens, Debussy, Mahler, and others.
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