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, January 20, 2018

The Clara Connection

The amazing story of Clara Wieck Schumann

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Don Juan Connection

Don Juan in music by Mozart, Gluck, Strauss, Sibelius and more.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Autumn Connection

The many faces of autumn, in music by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, MacDowell, Debussy and more.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Dies Irae Connection

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

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Fantasia Connection

The “fantasy,” or “fantasia,” from its origins in the Renaissance to Mozart, from Beethoven in the 19th century to Rodrigo and Vaughan Williams in the 20th.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Waltz Connection

How the Strauss family—and others—transformed a humble folk dance into an art form.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Lunar Connection

The moon, in music by Dvorak, Offenbach, Orff, Debussy, Beethoven, and more.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Othello Connection

Shakespeare's tragedy, in music by Rossini, Liszt, Dvorak, Verdi, and more.

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, September 16, 2017

The Art Connection

Links between canvas and concert hall

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Fish Connection

Music about underwater life in works by Schubert, Saint-Saens, Debussy, Mahler, and more