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, August 17, 2019

The Pelleas Connection

Music based on the symbolist play, Pelléas and Mélisande, as depicted by Debussy, Faure, Schoenberg, Sibelius and others.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The Wordless Connection

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

Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Waltz Connection

How the Strauss family—and others—transformed a humble folk dance into an art form loved the world over.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

The London Connection

London, in music by Handel, Haydn, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Milhaud, and more.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Fairy Tale Connection

Tales of enchantment in works by Mendelssohn, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Stravinsky—and more.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Falstaff Connection

Shakespeare’s greatest comic character in music by Salieri, Verdi, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and more

Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Firebird Connection

The backstory to Stravinsky's famous ballet

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The National Anthem Connection

The curious and intertwined stories behind two familiar patriotic tunes, and how they have been used—and misused—for two centuries.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Summer Connection

Summertime music—from Vivaldi and Haydn, to Glazunov and Gershwin.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Paris Connection

Celebrating Paris with music of Jacques Offenbach, Frederick Delius, Jacques Ibert, Franz Lehar, George Gershwin, and more