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Stephen Steigman

Director, 91.9 Classical KC / Chief of Broadcast Operations, KCUR 89.3 & 91.9 Classical KC

After growing up on the east coast and spending his first professional years in classical music, Stephen moved to Kansas City in 1995 expecting to leave after a few years. (Clearly that didn't happen.) More than two decades and three kids later, he doesn't regret his decision to stick around. Stephen began his career in public radio as a classical music host. As the founding producer of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, he received a number of local and national awards for his work on the program. Since 2014 he's overseen KCUR's broadcast operations and in 2020 launched 91.9 Classical KC. When Stephen isn't at KCUR's studios, he's probably adding more stamps to his passport with his KU professor wife and their three kids. His son almost made him cry during a drive through the Rockies when he said at age 8: "Dad, can we listen to public radio?" Sniff sniff.

  • Cellist, composer and singer Helen Gillet speaks with Classical KC about her classical influences and training, composing through improvisation, and developing her unique electrified sound. We'll hear her original music as well as a life-changing performance of a Shostakovich string quartet.
  • Classical KC speaks with Jackie Lee, artistic director for the Heartland Chamber Music Festival, about the origin of the festival, keeping talented local students in the area, and various community outreach programs. Joining Jackie is Hez Leung, violist with the award winning Rolston String Quartet - featured performers at this year's festival.
  • Conductor Chris Kelts and timpanist Bryan Busby join Classical KC for a conversation full of laughs and a shared love for The Kansas City Civic Orchestra. We'll hear how Bryan Busby balances his life as a meteorologist and musician and about some memorable performances with his fellow Civic Orchestra members. We'll also hear music from Paul Dukas and Nikolai Rimsky-Kosakov.
  • After summer was (mostly) canceled last year, Summerfest returns with chamber music performances by some of the best local and national musicians. Classical KC speaks with Summerfest artistic advisors and musicians Michael Gordon and Jane Carl about the group's history, mission, and future plans. We'll hear music from composers David Baker, Richard Lavenda and Ottorino Respighi.
  • Classical KC speaks with Emily Marrin and Uli Schneider from The Kansas City Women's Chorus about the group's origins, performances, and how they fight for equality and social justice through art and action.
  • Get to know The Kansas City Wind Symphony as Classical KC speaks with Conductor Langston Hemenway and Associate Conductor Pat Setser. We'll hear performances of Leonard Bernstein, David Maslanka, Claude T. Smith, Anthony Maglione and more.
  • KC VITAS is a local "project based" vocal ensemble dedicated to expanding what is possible for a choir and the human voice. Host Stephen Steigman speaks with Founder and Director Jackson Thomas, as well as performer, and composer-in-residence Leslee Wood. We'll hear a diverse selection of modern vocal works.
  • Classical KC speaks with the director of The Kansas City Youth Percussion Ensemble, Kevin Clarke, plus two talented young members of the group. We'll hear performances of eclectic music that explores the large world of percussive sound.
  • 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.