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Stephen Steigman

Stephen joined KCUR in October 2000 as the station's host of classical music. After working in the arts for ten years, Steigman made a somewhat associated switch to public radio. Stephen also worked for a number of orchestras and performing arts organizations - including the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Jerusalem Symphony in Israel, the Albany Symphony in New York, and the Aspen Music Festival. Stephen's love of public radio started at a young age when "shushed" by his father who wanted to listen to top-of-the-hour NPR news without interruption. His appreciation increased during high school, college (and beyond) with programs such as Car Talk, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Performance Today.

Most of all - Steigman's love for public radio and KCUR stems from the idea that public radio enriches our minds through news, commentary, and artistic programming - all important parts of our daily lives. Oh, and KCUR's "all you can drink coffee" policy is a nice bonus, too.

Steigman served as KCUR's afternoon drive host from 2001-2002 and began producing Up to Date with host Steve Kraske in August 2002. The show has earned awards from the Kansas City Press Club, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists, and others. Stephen enjoys hanging out on the front porch of his Brookside home with wife Tamara Falicov, a professor of film studies at the University of Kansas and their son, Ilan, daughter Avital, and infant daughter, Noa.

  • Allegro Choirs of Kansas City has been helping young singers grow as musicians and people for over 20 years. Founder and Director Christy Elsner and graduating senior Lexi Dixon share music and stories with Classical KC, such as a humorous and emotional 2012 performance at the White House. We'll hear a wide range of music, including part of a performance with The Kanas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem."
  • The William Baker Festival Singers are so much more than just a choir. Host Stephen Steigman speaks with Founder and Director William Baker, as well as Executive Associate Music Director Jamea Sale about the group, The Choral Foundation, healthy singing, and more. We'll hear music from their composer in residence program, as well as Byron Smith, Lars Magnus Been, Waldemar Ahlen and others.
  • On this episode of the "Kansas City Local Feature," we will hear performances from, and discover the past and future of, The Kansas City Baroque Consortium with Artistic Director Trilla Ray-Carter, and conductor and composer Anthony Maglione.
  • Classical KC welcomes award winning pianists Stanislav Ioudenitch and Kenny Broberg for a discussion about life at Park University's International Center for Music, their teacher and student relationship, musical competitions, and winning awards. We'll hear performances from Kenny and other award winning Park ICM students.
  • Learn about The William Jewell Choral Studies Program as host Stephen Steigman speaks with director Dr. Anthony Maglione. We also welcome alumnus David M. Sanchez and learn about recording with his alma mater, and making his Metropolitan Opera debut right before theaters shut down. We'll hear music from Adolphus Hailstork, William Dawson, Aaron Copland and more.
  • Through openness, advocacy, commissions and a focus on underrepresented composers, Kansas City's Mid America Freedom Band strives to play music that reflects our diverse community. Classical KC speaks with the group's Artistic Director and Conductor, plus two members of the ensemble. We'll hear music by Julius Eastman, Chen Yi, Jennifer Higdon and more.
  • Kansas City "Alternative String Duo" The Wires speaks with Classical KC about creating and performing their original music, finding ways to connect with students and audiences, and their personal and musical bond.
  • Steve Lewis and Kathryn Hilger from Kansas City's Midwest Chamber Ensemble visit with Classical KC.
  • Sean Chen, Thomas Rosenkranz, and Alon Goldstein of the UMKC Conservatory visit with Angie Chan Ramirez and Classical KC.
  • Scott Steele, Sharra Wagner, and Sascha Groschang of Kansas City's newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble speak with Classical KC about new music.