Articles by Steve Staruch

Regional Spotlight: Introducing the Altius Quartet Article

The Altius Quartet calls Denver home, but is making friends in Minnesota as the recipient of the first String Quartet Fellowship of the Lakes Area Music Festival. Performances of works by Ravel and Mozart and friendly conversation are in this week's Regional Spotlight.


Regional Spotlight: Putting the 'opera' in Operatunity Article

Newly founded Operatunity Theatre seeks to become a national vocal arts center for emerging professional singers. Obed Floan and Stillwater, Minn., native Jack Swanson join Steve Staruch in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio for a conversation about Operatunity and share a few vocal highlights from the upcoming Opera on the River concert.


Regional Spotlight: The Lakes Area Music Festival is 11 Article

In this week's Regional Spotlight, Steve Staruch speaks with the founders and directors of the Lakes Area Music Festival. Scott Lykins and Taylor Ward share a few stories about the event with upcoming highlights.


Regional Spotlight: Hear the horns of River City Rhythm Article

Imagine the sound — 14 trumpets, 10 mellophones, 14 baritones and eight tubas! The horns of the Twin Cities' River City Rhythm drum and bugle corps, along with their director and drum major, join Steve Staruch for a big, bold and brassy experience in this week's Regional Spotlight.


Regional Spotlight: St. Olaf Band sings (really) Article

The St. Olaf Band, under the direction of Timothy Mahr, performs an arrangement of a sacred work by Claudio Monteverdi that required both singing and playing. The instrumental lines in "Adoramus te, Christi" mimic and enhance the vocal lines for a modern take on this Baroque classic.


Regional Spotlight: Masterclass with SPCO cellist Julie Albers Article

Julie Albers is the principal cello of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She is giving master classes for young cellists during the International Cello Institute. In a conversation with Steve Staruch, she describes her own master class experiences.


Music with Minnesotans: Jim Baxter Article

If you were stuck on a desert island and only had access to one piece of music, what would you choose? Jim Baxter knows what he'd choose. He is Steve Staruch's guest for Music with Minnesotans.