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

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
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)
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)