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

Jun 22  The Summer Connection

Summertime scenarios, from Vivaldi and Haydn to Glazunov and Gershwin.

Jun 29  The American Connection

A celebration of American ideas and ideals by Copland and other composers that gave expression to a sense of national character and purpose during World War II.

Jul 06  The Falstaff Connection

Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff in music by Salieri, Verdi, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and more.

Today's Show

Jun 15  The Piano Quintet Connection

How nine composers worked out ways to combine a piano with a string quartet -- from Boccherini to Brahms to Shostakovich.

Recent Shows

Jun 08  The Don Quixote Connection

Don Quixote in works by Purcell, Telemann, Mendelssohn, de Falla, Strauss, Rodrigo and more.

Jun 01  The Wordless Connection

Wordless vocals in music by Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel, Nielsen, Holst, Vaughan Williams, and more.

May 25  The Waltz Connection

How the Strauss family made the Viennese Waltz as much a feature of the concert hall as the dance floor.

May 18  The Loose Connection

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.

May 11  The Avian Connection

Music about birds from medieval and renaissance songs to works by Dvorak, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Vaughan Williams, Mozart and many others.

May 04  The Latin Connection

Works by Gottschalk, Joplin, Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein -- inspired by the music of Mexico and Cuba.
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