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Host Stephen Peithman explores ideas, themes and people shared by various classical works.

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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 comedies & dramas.  More...

  • For a list of recordings used in each program, click on the program's title below, after the program has aired.

LATEST SHOW | Saturday, November 22, 2014

The New England Connection

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


In Coming Weeks On Connections:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Diversion Connection

The quirky world of the divertissement—and its cousin, the divertimento—from Baroque to Modern


Saturday, November 08, 2014

Saturday, November 01, 2014

The Keyboard Connection

Music written for — and performed on — instruments that preceded the piano, as well as the first (and quite different sounding) pianos of Mozart and Beethoven.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Demonic Connection

Music by Mussorgsky, Saint-Saens, Britten, Bernstein, and more


Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Masked Connection

Musical masquerades by Strauss, Schumann, Berlioz, Verdi, Prokofiev, and more.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Orpheus Connection

The legend of Orpheus—in music by Monteverdi, Haydn, Gluck, Liszt, Offenbach, Stravinsky—and more


Saturday, October 04, 2014

The Prokofiev-Haydn Connection

Sergei Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony--and the symphonies of Joseph Haydn that inspired it


Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Scottish Connection

Music inspired by Scotland -- from Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Haydn, Berlioz, Bruch, Debussy, Arnold, and Maxwell Davies


Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Forest Connection

The forest in music by Wagner, Mahler, Strauss, Debussy, Orff, Britten, and more.