Host Stephen Peithman explores ideas, themes and people shared by various classical works, Saturday afternoons at 4.


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 be told -- and a lot of great music, too."

Stephen has been contributing shows to Capital Public Radio since 1983, 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 non-musical plays.

Upcoming Shows

Apr 26  The Flower Connection

Flowers in music by Monteverdi, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Puccini, Prokofiev, and more.

May 03  The Hymn Connection

The hymns that inspired Vaughan Williams 'Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis,' and Aaron Copland's best-known work, 'Appalachian Spring.'

May 10  The Italian Connection

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

Recent Shows

Apr 19  The Jazz Connection

Jazz influences in music by Gershwin, Ravel, Milhaud, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Copland, and Bernstein, among others

Apr 12  The 1876 Connection

A pivotal year with works by Brahms, Wagner, Mahler, Grieg, Dvorak & Tchaikovsky

Apr 05  The Recording Connection

Six landmark recordings that changed the way we think about music

Mar 29  The Adagio Connection

Some of the most familiar and recorded pieces of classical music — each of them marked by their composer with the word “Adagio.”

Mar 22  The Opening Connection

The story behind overtures by Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Offenbach, Strauss, Wagner, and Bernstein.

Mar 15  The Irish Connection

Classical music celebrating the Emerald Isle -- from Purcell to Beethoven to Victor Herbert.

Mar 08  The Haydn-Mozart Connection

The deep friendship between Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the great music it inspired.

Mar 01  The Carnival Connection

Carnival-inspired music from the Renaissance to the modern era, including works by Berlioz, Schumann, Dvorak, Saint-Saens, and Stravinsky

Feb 22  The Diaghilev Connection II

How Sergei Diaghilev emerged triumphant from the First World War to inspire and commission a decade of important music from de Falla, Satie, Respighi, Milhaud, Poulenc, Prokofiev — and two from Stravinsky.

Feb 15  The Diaghilev Connection I

A salute to the legendary ballet impresario, Sergei Diaghilev, and the great music he made possible--including works by Ravel & Stravinsky
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