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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.

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  • Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney speaks with Classical KC about an emotional return to the rehearsal room and the performance stage. We'll hear music from the Kansas City Ballet's season opening program by Tchaikovsky, Philip Glass and The Chieftains. Edwaard Liang, artistic director of BalletMet, will also speak about creating his work "Wunderland."
  • Classical KC speaks with Jennifer Owen and Brad Cox, the married couple behind the Owen/Cox Dance Group. We'll learn about their commitment to performing new works to live music, and finding inspiration in the individual artistry of the dancers and musicians with whom they work.
  • Classical KC speaks with Matt Levy and Zach Shemon of the Grammy Award-winning Prism Quartet on this week's Local Feature. We'll find out how a gig with Prism set Shemon on the road towards teaching at the UMKC Conservatory, plus we'll hear the ensemble perform music by Jennifer Higdon, Chen Yi, Libby Larsen and more.
  • On this special Labor Day episode of the Kansas City Local Feature, we’re introducing Classical KC's newest on-air voice and digital audience specialist, Brooke Knoll, to the airwaves. She has curated a playlist that highlights themes such as class solidarity, women’s rights, unionization and labor protests.
  • Classical KC speaks with composer Ian Coleman and poet Ruth Williams about collaboration, overcoming artistic challenges, and the similarities between writing poetry and composing music. We'll also hear a variety of music composed by Coleman.
  • Classical KC welcomes Shawn Cullen and Steve Dodge from the Heartland Men's Chorus to talk about the group's over 35 year history of music making and social justice work. We'll hear a diverse selection of music ranging from somber to laugh-out-loud funny.
  • Classical KC speaks with composer, conductor and pianist Isaac Cates about his growing influence in the world of choral music. We'll feature a selection of music showcasing his unique blend of sacred and secular choral sounds with modern gospel and other musical genres.
  • 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.