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, November 11, 2017

The Don Juan Connection

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

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Keyboard Connection 2

Piano pieces by Haydn, Rossini, Bizet, Offenbach, Tchaikovsky, Villa-Lobos and more

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The London Connection

Music written for and about London — by Handel, Haydn, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Milhaud, and more.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Fairy Tale Connection

Tales of enchantment in works by Mendelssohn, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Stravinsky—and more

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Paganini Connection

The astonishing impact of Nicolo Paganini's 24th Caprice for Solo Violin

Friday, August 11, 2017


ConPod: Paganini

In 1820, a little known composer and violinist named Nicolo Paganini published a collection of virtuoso solo pieces. One of them, the 24th Caprice, had an astonishing impact on the classical music world.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Faust Connection

In this hour, how a single book inspired Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner--indeed, an entire generation of composers.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Falstaff Connection

Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff in music by Salieri, Verdi, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and more.

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.