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, April 22, 2017

The Eroica Connection

How Beethoven recycled material as he worked to develop his signature style.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Wordless Connection

Wordless vocals in works by Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel, Nielsen, Holst, Vaughan Williams, and more

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Prelude Connection

The prelude—from Bach to Chopin, from Liszt to Debussy, to Gershwin

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The River Connection

Rivers in classical music, from the Rhine to the Amazon, from the Mississippi to the Danube

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Rhapsody Connection

The rhapsody, as envisioned by Liszt, Holst, Ravel, Gershwin—and more.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Firebird Connection

How a forgotten 19th century work would revolutionize Russian music--and a half century later, launch Igor Stravinsky’s amazing career.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Irish Connection

Music celebrating the Emerald Isle--from Purcell to Beethoven, from John Field to Victor Herbert

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Trumpet Connection

Works for solo trumpet and orchestra by Purcell, Haydn, Copland, Hovhaness, and more.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Masked Connection

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Arranged Connection

Works re-imagined by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Ravel, Respighi and more