Hosted by: Stephen Peithman

Exploring links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern

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Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
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Peithman"On Connections we focus on music that draws directly from other works or composers, or shares 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.

Upcoming Shows

LATEST SHOW | Saturday, August 01, 2015

The Folk Song Connection

An exploration of two of Vaughan Williams' best-loved works--The Fantasia on Greensleeves and English Folk Songs Suite--and the folk music that inspired them.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Ancient Airs Connection

Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances--and the original Renaissance lute pieces that inspired him


Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Childhood Connection

Music for and about children by Mozart, Fauré, Ravel, Debussy, Elgar, Bartok and more


Saturday, July 11, 2015

The River Connection

How composers from around the world have celebrated the world's great waterways—from the Rhine to the Amazon, from the Mississippi to the Danube


Saturday, July 04, 2015

The American Connection

A celebration of American ideas and ideals by Aaron Copland and fellow composers during World War II


Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Scherzo Connection

A look at how the scherzo came to be——and what it unexpectedly became


Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Organ Connection

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


Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Patron Connection

Some rather extraordinary patrons of music--and the works they inspired.


Saturday, June 06, 2015

The Film Connection

Film music by Thomson, Vaughan Williams, Prokofiev, Alfven, Walton, and Copland


Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Part-Time Connection

How Charles Ives, Alexander Borodin, and Henry VIII (among others) managed to turn out some pretty impressive music in their spare time