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 12, 2019

The Delibes Connection

The impact of composer Leo Delibes on ballet music in general--and Tchaikovsky’s, in particular.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Hymn Connection 2

Choral, instrumental and symphonic music referencing Martin Luther's hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” and the lesser known Dresden “Amen.”

Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Italian Connection

Works inspired by the music, people and scenery of Italy--by Elgar, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Richard Strauss.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Forest Connection

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

Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Dance Suite Connection

The surprising story of the Baroque suite

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The One-Hit Wonder Connection

Johann Pachelbel and his famous Canon, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas--and more.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

The Robin Hood Connection

The story behind the film's music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, complete with dramatic turnabouts, and an unforgettable cast of characters, from Hollywood bigwigs to Nazi storm troopers.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Lunar Connection

Moon music by Dvorak, Offenbach, Orff, Debussy, Beethoven, and more.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Mountain Connection

Mountain music by Berlioz, Strauss, Hovhaness and more.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The American Connection

A celebration of American ideas and ideals by Copland and fellow composers

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Serenade Connection

Serenades by Mozart, Brahms, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Rodrigo and more