Hosted By Stephen Peithman

Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern


Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
on Music Station

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Peithman"On Connections we focus on links between works or composers, and music that shares a common theme or inspiration,"
explains host Stephen Peithman. "It all adds up to great stories and great music."

Stephen has been contributing shows since 1984, first with Musical Stages, and now, Connections--all with the help of Recording Engineer Mark Jones.  More...

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

Upcoming Shows

LATEST SHOW | Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Nutcracker Connection

The inside story behind this perennial holiday classic.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Nickname Connection

The stories behind the nicknames of works by Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and more.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Ocean Connection 2

Music of the sea, with works by Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Strauss, and more

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Wind Connection

Works for wind ensembles—large and small—by Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Sibelius, Holst, and more

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Funeral Connection

Music to die for

Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Dies Irae Connection

The “Dies Irae” melody in works by Liszt, Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninoff, and more.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The New York Connection

New York City in works by Gershwin, Carpenter, Copland, Bernstein and more

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Scottish Connection

Music inspired by visits to Scotland--real or imaginary

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Choral Connection

The choral symphony for orchestra and mixed voices

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Prokofiev-Haydn Connection

In this hour, Sergei Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony—and the symphonies of Joseph Haydn that inspired it