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, October 20, 2018

The Dance Suite Connection

The surprising story of the Baroque suite

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Tempest Connection

Works inspired by—or thought to have been inspired by—Shakespeare's play, including music by Beethoven, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Sullivan, and more.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Fugue Connection

From its heyday in the 17th and 18th centuries up to the present day, it's often been used in surprising ways.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Hymn Connection

How and why two of the 20th century’s most popular orchestral works are based on hymns

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Haydn-Mozart Connection

The deep friendship between Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the great music it inspired

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Scherzo Connection

How the scherzo came to be—and what it unexpectedly became.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The March Connection

Music in 4/4 time by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Verdi, Grainger & more

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The 1876 Connection

1876 heralded a new age for classical music, whose impact we still feel today

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Folk Dance Connection

Folk dances in works by Brahms, Liszt, Chopin, Dvorak, Grieg, Bartok, Arnold, and many more.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Midsummer Night's Connection

Shakespeare's classic comedy--in music

Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Jazz Connection

Why jazz was a fascinating journey for these composers—but for most, a dead-end street