Hosted by: Stephen Peithman

Host Stephen Peithman explores ideas, themes and people shared by various classical works.

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Peithman"On Connections we focus on works that display a strong influence of another work or composer, that draw directly from other works or share a common theme or inspiration," explains host Stephen Peithman. "There are great stories to tell -- and great music, too."

Stephen has been contributing shows to Capital Public Radio since 1984, first with Musical Stages, and now, Connections. He is the author of The Annotated Tales of Edgar Allan Poe and seven theatre-related books. A singer since his early years, he has performed with chamber ensembles, as a soloist, and as a performer in opera and musical theatre, as well as comedies & dramas.  More...

  • For a list of recordings used in each program, click on the program's title below, after the program has aired.

LATEST SHOW | Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Latin Connection

Works by Gottschalk, Joplin, Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, and more, inspired by the music of Mexico and Cuba


In Coming Weeks On Connections:

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Gershwin-Ravel Connection

The fascinating links between George Gershwin & Maurice Ravel


Saturday, May 09, 2015

The Faust Connection

How one book inspired Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner--indeed, an entire generation of composers


Saturday, May 02, 2015

The Walter Scott Connection

Music based on the writings of Sir Walter Scott, by Schubert, Rossini, Berlioz, and Bizet, among others


Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Spring Connection

Music of Spring, by Morley, Vivaldi, Schumann, Debussy, Sibelius, Orff, and Strauss


Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Offbeat Connection

Concertos that composers have fashioned for instruments that are just a bit out of the ordinary


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday, April 04, 2015

The Clara Connection

Arguably the greatest pianist of her time, through her influence — direct and indirect — were written three of the great piano-and-orchestra works of the 19th century.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Loose Connection

Mistaken composer attributions of the classical music repertoire—some the result of carelessness, others due to honest mistakes—and a few cases of outright fabrication.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Railroad Connection

A celebration of trains and railways in classical music