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 28  The Debussy-Ravel Connection

The links between Debussy & Ravel, and their string quartets—in each case, the only one that either would ever write.

Jul 05  The American Connection

A celebration of American ideas and ideals by Copland -- and fellow composers -- that gave expression to a sense of national character and purpose during wartime.

Jul 12  The Whitman Connection

Whitman settings by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frederick Delius, Kurt Weill, Howard Hanson, John Adams, and Leonard Bernstein

Today's Show

Jun 21  The Antarctic Connection

How Vaughan Williams transformed his score for Scott of the Antarctic into his seventh symphony, the Sinfonia Antartica

Recent Shows

Jun 14  The Ophelia Connection

Shakespeare’s tragic maid in works by Brahms, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Thomas, and more.

Jun 07  The Wedding Connection

Wedding music by Bach, Wagner, Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Goldmark, Grieg, Saint-Saens, and Maxwell Davies

May 31  The Delibes Connection

The impact of French composer Leo Delibes on ballet music in general, and Tchaikovsky’s in particular.

May 24  The Music Connection

Music about music — from Handel to Schubert, from Strauss to Mahler, from Vaughan Williams to Bernstein.

May 17  The Borrowed Connection

Was Handel's use of other composers' music "creative borrowing" -- or something worse?

May 10  The Italian Connection

Five works inspired by the music, people and scenery of Italy -- by Elgar, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Richard Strauss.

May 03  The Hymn Connection

The hymns that inspired Vaughan Williams 'Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis,' and Aaron Copland's best-known work, 'Appalachian Spring.'

Apr 26  The Flower Connection

Flowers in music by Monteverdi, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Puccini, Prokofiev, and more.

Apr 19  The Jazz Connection

Jazz influences in music by Gershwin, Ravel, Milhaud, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Copland, and Bernstein, among others

Apr 12  The 1876 Connection

A pivotal year with works by Brahms, Wagner, Mahler, Grieg, Dvorak & Tchaikovsky
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