Steve Staruch Feature Archive

As the South Dakota Chorale prepares for its first-ever performance in the Twin Cities, the ensemble's artistry is on display in this week's Regional Spotlight. (01/09/2014)
Musicologist,choral director and volunteer archivist, David Docter lives music! David and his wife, Rita, are the proud parents of three adult children, all of whom have successful careers in the arts. His playlist is a family affair. (01/07/2014)
A performance from this past August at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minn., is like a warm summer wind -- a welcome respite from this cold January day. (01/02/2014)
Another smorgasbord of holiday performances from near and far in this week's Regional Spotlight. (12/26/2013)
Kings don't always wear crowns. And just how are you going to keep the kids out of the frozen Christmas cookies? This week's Music with Minnesotans features two unconventional stories with music to match. (12/19/2013)
Sweet and savory home-grown sounds for the holiday continue in the Regional Spotlight. (12/12/2013)
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)