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

Accordo
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)
Kris Bigalk
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)
Rick Kvam conducts the Choral Arts Ensemble
Can you really get enough Bach? The Choral Arts Ensemble in Rochester recently performed the Bach B-Minor Mass. The stunning conclusion to this powerful work is in this week's Regional Spotlight. (05/14/2015)
Taylor Passofaro is the scientist he always dreamed he'd be when he was a kid. He's 23. He sees beauty everywhere, as his playlist attests. (05/12/2015)
It's Young Virtuosi (part two) in this week's Regional Spotlight, featuring two of the finalists in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestras Young Soloist Competition. (05/07/2015)
Composers Libby Larsen and Carol Barnett help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the American Composers Forum. They visit with Classical MPR host Steve Staruch to share some of their favorite pieces. (05/05/2015)
Steve Staruch speaks with Exultate artistic director Thomas Rossin about the upcoming Twin Cities performances of the 'Sunrise Mass' by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. (04/30/2015)
The first- and second-place finalists in the Fargo-Moorhead Young Artist Solo Competition are front and center in this week's Regional Spotlight. (04/30/2015)
Stories from the "front lines" of public relations and favorite classical movie soundtracks will have you singin' in the rain with PR specialist, Sara Lien Edelman. (04/28/2015)
"Variations on a Norwegian Folk Tune" by Twin Cities composer Linda Tutas Haugen received a beautiful performance in the reverberant space of the Basilica of St. Mary with the Minnesota Sinfonia conducted by Jay Fishman. (04/23/2015)
Internationally acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz describes his upcoming residency at Minnesota's St. John's University, where he'll soon perform a Bach-heavy concert. Haimovitz also discusses his recent recording of Beethoven's complete works for cello. (04/22/2015)
Jim Zieba is an electrician with the city of St. Paul, Minn. His job is to make sure all those traffic lights turn smoothly from stop to go and back again. Jim is also a fine pianist. He shares some of his favorite pieces of music in this interview. (04/21/2015)
David Mennicke leads the Concordia University, St Paul, Christus Chorus in two haunting works from a recent choir tour. (04/16/2015)
Susan Wagner is a painter. She learned about the craft of painting from the New York City filmmakers she knew and worked with. Susan shares some of her favorite classical music with Steve Staruch. (04/14/2015)
Artistic Director of the MacPhail Spotlight Series, Mischa Santora, joins Steve Staruch to talk about the passionate relationship and music of Robert and Clara Schumann. (04/09/2015)