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

Christus Chorus of Concordia University St Paul
David Mennicke leads the Concordia University, St Paul, Christus Chorus in two haunting works from a recent choir tour. (04/16/2015)
Susan Wagner
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)
Mischa Santora, conductor
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)
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)