Steve Staruch Feature Archive

Throughout the month of December, homegrown music for the holidays will be featured in the Regional Spotlight. This week's feature includes a work from the Jewish tradition appropriate for the last full day of Chanukah. (12/05/2013)
Sean Vogt is the new music director of the Apollo Male Chorus. He and the guys join Steve Staruch for conversation and song as the ensemble prepares for its annual holiday concerts. (11/29/2013)
This week, the Jasper String Quartet perform the Haydn string quartet in D, Op 76, No. 5, in an Oct. 12 recording from the Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud series. (11/21/2013)
The first major musical work based on the diaries of Anne Frank will be presented this weekend by the Oratorio Society of Minnesota.Steve Staruch speaks with Adrianna Zabala and Matthew Mehaffey about <i>Annelies</i>. (11/20/2013)
Arden Harrison Bushnell is a fabric artist whose works have been seen and awarded at the Minnesota State Fair. (11/19/2013)
In the Regional Spotlight this week is a frenzied and wide-eyed performance of a Sonata by Dario Castello by members of the Bach Society of Minnesota, harpsichordist Paul Boehnke and baroque violinist Jin Kim. (11/14/2013)
Mischa Santora is the music director of the Spotlight Series at the MacPhail School for Music in Minneapolis. The new season of the Spotlight Series begins this weekend. (11/12/2013)
Luther Gerlach, retired University of Minnesota professor of cultural anthropology, shares the music of native African cultures recorded in Kenya in the 1950s and 60s. (11/12/2013)
John Tavener "fully embraced the odd-sounding Eastern rhythms and scales of the ancient Greek Orthodox Church. They had entered his heart and, taking up residence there, began to transform his musical output," writes Classical MPR's Steve Staruch. Composer John Tavener passed away today, aged 69. (11/12/2013)
Imogen Cooper's performance of the Sonata in A Major from a Frederic Chopin Society concert on Oct. 6, 2013, is in this week's Regional Spotlight. (11/07/2013)
Flutist Paula Gudmunson and pianist Tracy Lipke-Perry perform Amancio Alcorta's Gran Fantasia in a recital at the University of Minnesota-Duluth's Weber Concert Hall. (10/31/2013)
The applause (complete with hoots and whistles) says it all. Composer Ted Unseth's <i>Concertino in 3 Movements</i> is a winning piece. (10/24/2013)
Maddie Wild Crea is a writer of stories and a volunteer at Arc Value Village and St Anthony Park Nursing Home. Her joy in helping others is reflected in a playlist that is Beethoven-centered. (10/22/2013)
In his String Quartet No. 7, Shostakovich paints a portrait of his marriage that is truthful and deeply emotional. Today's Regional Spotlight features The Pacifica Quartet performing this autobiographical work in a performance taken from recent a Schubert Club/Music in the Park concert. (10/17/2013)
As the wind starts to blow a bit colder this October, Regional Spotlight features a performance with some spice! (10/10/2013)