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

Mark Scannell
Mark Scannell will tell you he doesn't know a great deal about plumbing, but he know how to relate to people. Handel's Water Music (and more) is on the playlist of this former plumbing company manager. (03/31/2015)
The American Spiritual Ensemble
The American Spiritual Ensemble raises the roof from a performance given last February. (Actually, the roof hasn't really come down yet!) (03/26/2015)
Gary Rue
'I'm an insatiable fan of Chopin's chromaticism!' enthuses composer Gary Rue, creator of more than 75 music-theater scores. Chopin's music is front and center in Gary's personal playlist. (03/24/2015)
Steve Staruch speaks with Grant Johnson of Young Musicians of Minnesota about the group's upcoming summer festival. (03/20/2015)
The Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten by Arvo Part from a performance with Gidon Kremer and his group Kremerata Baltica is in this week's Regional Spotlight. (03/19/2015)
George Calger is an actor, singer and photographer. He doesn't just listen to music; he explores it! The music is one of a number of resources he draws on to enhance his acting work. George is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. (03/17/2015)
This weekend, tenor William Hite will reprise the role of Evangelist in the Bach Society of Minnesota's presentation of Bach's St. John Passion. Hite spoke to Classical MPR's Steve Staruch about the stamina and preparation required for this big singing role. (03/12/2015)
"Broken Piece" by Zachery Meier is a new work for flute choir. It was recently premiered at a flute convention at University of Minnesota-Duluth. The UMD Flute Choir's performance of the work is featured in this week's Regional Spotlight. (03/12/2015)
Patricia Connors is the director of choral activities at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Her playlist is a combination of the new, the classic and the surprising. Patricia is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. (03/10/2015)
The Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, Minn., will perform the Bach B-Minor Mass this weekend. Artistic Director Rick Kvam spoke with Classical MPR's Steve Staruch about the piece and about the towering genius of Bach. (03/10/2015)
Exultate sings the Kyrie from the Josef Rheinberger Mass in C. It's on this week's Regional Spotlight. (03/05/2015)
Carl Lundstrom is a specialist in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. A cancer survivor, Carl has a special place on his playlist for choral music. Carl is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. (03/03/2015)
A Bach gem from Cantata No. 82 performed by the Bach Society of Minnesota from a concert at Sundin Music Hall in January is in this week's Regional Spotlight. (02/26/2015)
Mike Perkins has nine requiems on his iPod and sings in four choral groups. He is a self-described choral nerd. Mike is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. (02/24/2015)
Concordia College professors Kate Hamilton and Cecilia Chou perform Max Bruch's Romance for Viola and Piano with passion and skill. It's on this week's Regional Spotlight. (02/19/2015)