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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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City began with house concerts organized by volunteers nearly fifty years ago. Now, they have evolved into one of the region’s most prominent presenting organizations. On this episode of the "Kansas City Local Feature" we'll speak with Lacie Eades and Tom Nanney about the "Listen & Learn" series, and hear performances from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
  • 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.