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

Nov 16  The Debussy-Chopin Connection

Chopin’s influence on Debussy as he developed his own, utterly individual style.

Nov 23  The New England Connection

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

Nov 30  The Hebraic Connection

Hebraic themes and styles in works by Ravel, Bloch, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Bernstein, and more. Airing November 30th at 4 pm, on the Music Station.

Today's Show

Nov 09  The Folk Song Connection

An exploration of two of Vaughan Williams' best-loved works, and the folk songs that inspired them.

Recent Shows

Nov 02  The Rome Connection

The city of Rome in music by Respighi, Mozart, Berlioz, Strauss and more

Oct 26  The Demonic Connection

Ghosts, goblins and demons in music by Mussorgsky, Saint-Saens, Britten, Bernstein, 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 12  The Lunar Connection

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

Oct 05  The Faust Connection

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

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.
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