Steve Staruch

Steve Staruch

Host, Classical Music
Minnesota Public Radio
sstaruch@mpr.org

Steve Staruch can be heard on Classical Minnesota Public Radio from 3:00-7:00 pm on weekdays (M-F), including hosting Thursday's Regional Spotlight and Friday Favorites. Steve presented a variety of radio programs on WCAL (Northfield MN) where he created the immensely popular call-in program, and WXXI (Rochester NY) prior to joining the staff of MPR in 2004. Steve also enjoys work as a freelance tenor and a violist. Steve and his wife, Naomi, enjoy traveling, gardening and hosting dinner parties.

Steve Staruch Feature Archive

Castle Creek at the Aspen Music Festival
Members of the faculty of the North Dakota State University (NDSU) School of Music, pianist Tyler Wottrich and flutist Catherine Gregory, perform 'Flowing' from the Copland Sonata for Flute and Piano from a performance recorded at NDSU in Fargo, N.D., earlier this year. (07/02/2015)
Dr. Dan Yoon
Dan Yoon is a medical doctor and a singer-songwriter. His playlist is filled with the music that has informed his life. Dr. Yoon is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. (06/30/2015)
Steve Staruch and Tine Thing Helseth
Tine Thing Helseth performs the Seven Popular Spanish Songs by Manuel de Falla. Hear her performance, recorded at a recent Twin Cities recital, on this week's Regional Spotlight. (06/25/2015)
Gary Lee Joyner has the heart of a teacher. His classical playlist is filled with music that transports him. Gary is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. (06/23/2015)
Joel Frederiksen joined Steve Staruch to talk about the early music program at the Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival in Duluth. (06/18/2015)
Charles Rosen describes the Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 31 as "radically simple." A performance from the Frederic Chopin Society with pianist Nikolay Khozyainov is in this week's Regional Spotlight. (06/18/2015)
Kate Cimino works at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs; she's also an amateur bassoonist and her bassoon-centric playlist will delight you. (06/16/2015)
David Finckel and Wu Han perform the Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 2 from the Schubert Club/Music in the Park recital series. Hear the performance on this week's Regional Spotlight. (06/11/2015)
Kevin Held likes to move. His passion is Ultimate Frisbee. It's a fast-moving, highly paced game. Kevin's playlist is moves a bit slower. Listen to it on this week's Music with Minnesotans. (06/09/2015)
The world premiere of "Quest" by Robert Spittal with the 2015 Concordia College High School Honor Band is nothing short of glorious. (06/04/2015)
Young sound designer Inna Skogerboe is this week's guest on Music with Minnesotans. She promises to include a few sound-design components in the show. (06/02/2015)
Sometimes it's good to revisit a performance because it is so good. In this week's Regional Spotlight the Miro String Quartet perform the Beethoven Op 18 No. 2 from a Chamber Music Society of St Cloud concert given in 2006. Beethoven's second string quartet bubbles with energy and vitality in this memorable performance. (05/28/2015)
Nanette Goldman, professor of classics at Macalester College, faces all of life's experiences with determination and not a little joy. Her playlist both classic and modern. Nanette is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. (05/26/2015)
Mozart's apartment in Vienna was the scene of wonderful music parties. It's most likely that the first performance of the Mozart Flute Quartets took place in this cozy venue. A chummy performance of the Flute Quartet No. 1 with Accordo and flutist Julia Bogorad-Kogan is in this week's Regional Spotlight. (05/21/2015)
Founder of the the creative writing program at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn., poet and avid choral singer Kris Bigalk reads a few of her works and shares her simply beautiful playlist on Music with Minnesotans. (05/19/2015)