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.

Friday, August 11, 2017

ConPod: Paganini

In 1820, a little known composer and violinist named Nicolo Paganini published a collection of virtuoso solo pieces. One of them, the 24th Caprice, had an astonishing impact on the classical music world.

Friday, July 14, 2017

ConPod: King Arthur

Whether King Arthurs is an historical figure or merely a legend, his story along with that of Guinevere, and the Knights of the Round Table has had a powerful impact on music.

Friday, July 7, 2017

ConPod: Paris

It’s been called the City of Light and the City of Love. Given the number of composers who found inspiration there, it could just as easily be called the City of Music.

Friday, June 30, 2017

ConPod: Railroad

As important as they are, airplanes and automobiles have never loomed as large in classical music as have trains and railways. And what a variety of works they’ve inspired!

Friday, June 23, 2017

ConPod: Gavotte

It’s usually lively, but can also be slow and tender. In fact the Gavotte has varied widely from place to place over the past 400 years.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

ConPod: Organ

The organ has been called the “king of instruments,” and when it’s used in an orchestral work, the challenge is to keep it from overpowering everything else—unless, of course, that’s the point.

Friday, June 9, 2017

ConPod: Wedding

"The Wedding March" by Wagner (AKA "Here Comes the Bride") may be the most famous tune connected with the marriage ceremony, but it’s only one of many classical works that celebrate the union of two people in holy (and sometimes unholy) matrimony.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

ConPod: Western

A tour through the musical landscape of the American West, with music by Copland, Falwell, Grofé, Puccini and more.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

ConPod: Don Quixote

Cervantes’ great comic novel, Don Quixote, has inspired works of instrumental and vocal music for more than 400 years, composed by the likes of Purcell, Telemann, Mendelssohn, de Falla, Strauss, Rodrigo and others.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

ConPod: Loose

Music mistakenly attributed to the wrong composer...and why.