Steve Staruch Feature Archive

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)
The Diotima Quartet performed one of the most autumnal-sounding works by Brahms earlier this year as guest artists with the Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, Minn. (10/03/2013)
The Norwegian choir, Uranienborg Vokalensemble, joins Steve Staruch for music in the Maud Moon Weherhaeuser Music Studio. (10/01/2013)
This week's Regional Spotlight is a work that inspires us to ponder the legacy of JS Bach. It's performed by the Minnesota Bach Ensemble in a recording from Sundin Music Hall. (09/26/2013)
The Artaria String Quartet's peppery peformance of Erwin Schulhoff's <i>String Quartet No. 1</i> is in this week's Regional Spotlight. (09/19/2013)
Cast members from the Minnesota Concert Opera "Mini Ring" sing in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Music Studio. (09/12/2013)
In this week's Regional Spotlight, we have a performance that's perfect for fall from the Music on the Hill series in Mankato, Minn. (09/12/2013)
Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski and pianist Mark Bilyeu were the only Americans at the International Art Song Festival in Tours, France. (09/11/2013)
Simple and unadorned, David Maslanka's <i>Quintet for Wind No. 3</i> is a mirror of the natural world. (09/05/2013)