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

Mar 22  The Opening Connection

The story behind overtures by Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Offenbach, Strauss, Wagner, and Bernstein.

Mar 29  The Adagio Connection

Some of the most familiar and recorded pieces of classical music — each of them marked by their composer with the word “Adagio.”

Apr 05  The Recording Connection

Six landmark recordings that changed the way we think about music

Today's Show

Mar 15  The Irish Connection

Classical music celebrating the Emerald Isle -- from Purcell to Beethoven to Victor Herbert.

Recent Shows

Mar 08  The Haydn-Mozart Connection

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

Mar 01  The Carnival Connection

Carnival-inspired music from the Renaissance to the modern era, including works by Berlioz, Schumann, Dvorak, Saint-Saens, and Stravinsky

Feb 22  The Diaghilev Connection II

How Sergei Diaghilev emerged triumphant from the First World War to inspire and commission a decade of important music from de Falla, Satie, Respighi, Milhaud, Poulenc, Prokofiev — and two from Stravinsky.

Feb 15  The Diaghilev Connection I

A salute to the legendary ballet impresario, Sergei Diaghilev, and the great music he made possible--including works by Ravel & Stravinsky

Feb 08  The Love Connection

Dvorak's unrequited love for a young woman would haunt him his entire life -- helping to shape many of his compositions, including the great Cello Concerto

Feb 01  The Pelleas Connection

The profound effect of the 19th century symbolist play Pelléas and Mélisande on Debussy, Faure, Schoenberg, Sibelius and others

Jan 25  The Fugue Connection

A fugal festival from Baroque to Modern

Jan 18  The Dance Suite Connection

The surprising origins of the Baroque suite

Jan 11  The Young Person's Connection

Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, with Noel Coward, Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with Dame Edna Everage, and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Boris Karloff.

Jan 04  The Winter Connection

Winter-inspired music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Delius, Prokofiev, and more.
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