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, September 23, 2017

The Part-Time Connection

How Borodin, Ives, Henry VIII and several others managed to turn out some pretty impressive music in their spare time.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The War Connection

The impact of the First World War as reflected in the music of Debussy, Ravel, Elgar, Holst, Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams, and more.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Arthurian Connection

Friday, July 14, 2017


ConPod: King Arthur

Whether King Arthurs is an historical figure or merely a legend, his story along with that of Guinevere, and the Knights of the Round Table has had a powerful impact on music.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Paris Connection

A celebration with music of Jacques Offenbach, Frederick Delius, Jacques Ibert, Franz Lehar, George Gershwin, and more.

Friday, July 7, 2017


ConPod: Paris

It’s been called the City of Light and the City of Love. Given the number of composers who found inspiration there, it could just as easily be called the City of Music.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Railroad Connection

Trains in music by Berlioz, Strauss, Villa-Lobos, Rossini, Honegger and more.

Friday, June 30, 2017


ConPod: Railroad

As important as they are, airplanes and automobiles have never loomed as large in classical music as have trains and railways. And what a variety of works they’ve inspired!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Gavotte Connection

The gavotte, from its origins in the Renaissance, to works by Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and more.

Friday, June 23, 2017


ConPod: Gavotte

It’s usually lively, but can also be slow and tender. In fact the Gavotte has varied widely from place to place over the past 400 years.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Organ Connection

Works for organ and orchestra by Handel, Haydn, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Copland, and more.