Host Stephen Peithman explores ideas, themes and people shared by various classical works, Saturday afternoons at 4.
"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.
Wordless vocals in music by Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel, Nielsen, Holst, Vaughan Williams, and more.
Don Quixote in works by Purcell, Telemann, Mendelssohn, de Falla, Strauss, Rodrigo and more.
How nine composers worked out ways to combine a piano with a string quartet -- from Boccherini to Brahms to Shostakovich.
How the Strauss family made the Viennese Waltz as much a feature of the concert hall as the dance floor.
Mistaken composer attributions of the classical music repertoire--some the result of carelessness, others due to honest mistakes—and a few cases of outright fabrication.
Music about birds from medieval and renaissance songs to works by Dvorak, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Vaughan Williams, Mozart and many others.
Works by Gottschalk, Joplin, Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein -- inspired by the music of Mexico and Cuba.