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

scott lykins taylor ward lakes area music festival
Meet the arts entrepreneurs who almost by accident founded the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minn. Scott Lykins and Taylor Ward talk to Classical MPR's Steve Staruch. (07/31/2014)
Miro Quartet
From the White Pine Music Festival in 2008, the Miro Quartet fan the flames of the f-minor string quartet by Felix Mendelssohn. (07/31/2014)
Charlotte Sullivan
Writer Charlotte Sullivan is Steve Staruch's guest. Her playlist is eclectic and spirited and joyfully stretches the boundaries of classical music. (07/29/2014)
Adriana Zabala's joyful workload is on delicious display in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio. She visits with Classical MPR's Steve Staruch between songs. (07/29/2014)
The Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano from a Schubert Club Music in the Park series concert given last year is in this week's Regional Spotlight. (07/24/2014)
Kate An Hunter is a big-hearted veterinarian. Her playlist is full of large orchestral works. Music as large as many of the animals she treats. (07/22/2014)
From a Frederic Chopin Society recital Imogen Cooper performs two Schubert Improptus. (07/17/2014)
Joe Landsberger is a world traveler (40 countries and counting), but he always returns home to St Paul. His classical playlist is filled with both the exotic and the "tried and true." (07/15/2014)
A work by a "wildman" of the 18th century, Francesco Veracini, gets the star treatment in a performance with Jacques Ogg and friends. (07/10/2014)
Kevin Ramach is the President and the General Director of the Minnesota Opera. His theatrical playlist is filled with high operatic drama. (07/08/2014)
John Gilbert and Francesca Tortorello tell the story of finding the long-lost Barber Violin Sonata. (07/03/2014)
The Ancia Saxophone Quartet performs an early work of Arvo Part in this week's Regional Spotlight. (07/03/2014)
Carol Rudie is a docent at The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) and has chosen a playlist that is as colorful as the Russian art she loves. (07/01/2014)
No viola jokes, please! The Minnesota Orchestra has a new violist. Gareth Zehngut spoke with Steve Staruch about the stress of the audition process, and how he chose the "humble, yet dark-sounding" viola. (06/27/2014)
Copland's Old American Songs get a spectacular performance with tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and pianist Warren Jones in this week's Regional Spotlight. (06/26/2014)