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, June 24, 2017

The Gavotte Connection

The gavotte, from its origins in the Renaissance, to works by Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and more.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Organ Connection

Works for organ and orchestra by Handel, Haydn, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Copland, and more.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

ConPod: Organ

The organ has been called the “king of instruments,” and when it’s used in an orchestral work, the challenge is to keep it from overpowering everything else—unless, of course, that’s the point.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Wedding Connection

Wedding music by Bach, Wagner, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Saint-Saens and more

Friday, June 9, 2017

ConPod: Wedding

"The Wedding March" by Wagner (AKA "Here Comes the Bride") may be the most famous tune connected with the marriage ceremony, but it’s only one of many classical works that celebrate the union of two people in holy (and sometimes unholy) matrimony.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Western Connection

The American West in music by Puccini, Grofe, Harris, Copland, and more.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

ConPod: Western

A tour through the musical landscape of the American West, with music by Copland, Falwell, Grofé, Puccini and more.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Don Quixote Connection

Don Quixote in works by Purcell, Telemann, Mendelssohn, de Falla, Strauss, Rodrigo and more

Saturday, May 27, 2017

ConPod: Don Quixote

Cervantes’ great comic novel, Don Quixote, has inspired works of instrumental and vocal music for more than 400 years, composed by the likes of Purcell, Telemann, Mendelssohn, de Falla, Strauss, Rodrigo and others.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Loose Connection

Music mistakenly attributed to the wrong composer--and why