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, February 9, 2019

The Love Connection

Tucked into Antonin Dvorak's great Cello Concerto is a melody he’d written 30 years earlier--composed for the first real love of his life.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Prokofiev-Haydn Connection

Sergei Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony--and the symphonies of Joseph Haydn that inspired it.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Funeral Connection

Funeral marches for a real queen, a fictional prince, a puppet, a parrot, and more

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Incidental Connection

Theatrical works by Purcell, Bizet, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Grieg, and Vaughan Williams.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Delibes Connection

The impact of composer Leo Delibes on ballet music in general--and Tchaikovsky’s, in particular.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Whitman Connection

Whitman settings by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frederick Delius, Kurt Weill, Howard Hanson, John Adams, and Leonard Bernstein.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

The Winter Connection 2

A second celebration of winter in music by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Debussy, Holst, Piazzolla, and more.

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Shepherd Connection

Instrumental and choral works for the season--from ancient to modern, from stately to sprightly, in a pastoral mood

Saturday, December 22, 2018

The Carol Connection 2

The stories behind the great songs of Christmas

Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Christmas Connection

Original instrumental works written for the season—including one that spawned a carol of its own.