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

Michael Robins
Michael Robins is the founder of the Illusion Theater. Robins is an artist and a businessman who came to theater through his studies in dance. His stories and his playlist take center stage in this week's Music with Minnesotans. (07/28/2015)
Scott Lykins and Taylor Ward
Scott Lykins and Taylor Ward are the brains and the talent behind the Lakes Area Music Festival, which begins this coming weekend in the communities in and around Brainerd, Minn. Lykins and Ward are Steve Staruch's guests in this week's the Regional Spotlight. (07/23/2015)
Robert Ball
Robert Ball has worked in Emergency Medical Services for more than 30 years. His eclectic playlist includes works by Bach AND Sousa. Ball is Steve Staruch's guest on Music with Minnesotans this week. (07/21/2015)
The theorists tell us that a composer shares his most intimate thoughts in the key of c minor. Beethoven bears his teeth in a performance of his String Quartet No. 4 with the Miro Quartet from a Chamber Music Society of St Cloud recital. (07/16/2015)
The Miro Quartet performs the Beethoven String Quartet No. 3 from the Chamber Music Society of St Cloud recital series. (07/09/2015)
Wally Benbenek is a computer guy by day, a Gilbert and Sullivan star by night. His life is like a patter song. Wally is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. (07/07/2015)
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)
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)
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)