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

Composer Ola Gjello
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)
Bassist Nils Aardahl and xylophonist Christine Erb
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)
Sara Lien Edelman
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)
Pianist Nelson Goerner gives an amazingly dark hued performance of the Mendelssohn Fantasy in F-sharp minor (Opus 28) from a Frederic Chopin Society recital given last month. (04/09/2015)
This week, we present a special episode of Music with Minnesotans. Composer Dominick Argento, with poet Pat Solstad and music director Dale Warland, join Steve Staruch to chat about Argento's newest work, Seasons, which was premiered at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival this past summer. (04/07/2015)
Bach requires much from his singers in his handful of motets. The South Dakota Chorale, led by Brian Schmidt, is a first-rate ensemble that is more than up to the challenge. (04/02/2015)
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 raises the roof from a performance given last February. (Actually, the roof hasn't really come down yet!) (03/26/2015)
'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)