HOSTED BY: Stephen Peithman

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.

To see upcoming shows, click on "Show Archive" below, right.

LATEST SHOW | Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Forest Connection

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


Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Comedy Connection

Anna Russell’s classic commentaries on the bagpipe, coloratura sopranos, and Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung.


Saturday, September 06, 2014

The Incidental Connection

Theatrical works by Purcell, Bizet, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Grieg, and Vaughan Williams


Saturday, August 30, 2014

The New York Connection

A celebration of the Big Apple in works by Gershwin, Carpenter, Copland, Bernstein and mor


Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Pavane Connection

The pavane, from 16th century France to modern-day America


Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Funeral Connection

Funeral marches for a real queen, a fictional prince, a puppet, a parrot, and more


Saturday, August 09, 2014

The Ocean Connection 2

Another trip to the sea, with works by Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Strauss, and more.


Saturday, August 02, 2014

The Left Hand Connection

The incredible story of Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during the First World War, and selections from some of the famous works written for him to play with his left hand.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Anthem Connection

The story behind "God Save the King" and the tune that has served as "America" and the German national anthem


Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Sun Connection

The sun from dawn to dusk, in music by Vivaldi, Grieg, Strauss, Respighi, and more.