Peter Whorf

Radio Station Manager

Peter Whorf is station manager for WKAR Radio. He also oversees the news division of WKAR Radio, and is host of What's New on WKAR.

Peter Whorf joined WKAR in August 2012.

Peter arrived at WKAR from Chicago, where he was program director and vice president of content at WFMT, the only commercial classical radio station in the country. He was previously with public stations WNYC/New York, KBIA/Mid-Missouri Public Media and WBEZ/Chicago. Peter Whorf graduated from Eastman School of Music, studying the violin.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:16 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

State of Michigan Offices Close

Due to the emergency cold and snow conditions impacting Michigan, and due to the snow emergency declared by Mayor Bernero in the City of Lansing prohibiting non-essential travel on Lansing roads, State of Michigan facilities in the Lansing area (including the Secondary Complex) will only be open for critical functions on Monday, January 6.

Radio Made in Michigan
8:22 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Lansing Declares Snow Emergency

Radio Made in Michigan
4:39 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Mid-Michigan Closings

ADDISON - Status: CLOSED

ALBION DISTRICT LIBRARY - Status: CLOSED

ALBION DISTRICT LIBRARY - Status: CLOSED

BATH COMMUNITY - Status: CLOSED

BATTLE CREEK - Status: CLOSED

BATTLE CREEK - Status: CLOSED

CAMDEN-FRONTIER - Status: CLOSED

CAPITAL AREA CENTER FOR INDEPENDANT LIVING - Status: CLOSED

CHARYL STOCKWELL ACADEMY - Status: CLOSED

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Arts
2:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

What's New on WKAR, January 3

Xiayin Wang plays Gershwin's Concerto in F on this week's What's New on WKAR

It's not often that the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra takes center stage to fully showcase its brilliance.  Last May, the James Levine-led ensemble performed at Carnegie Hall and the concert was recorded and released recently by DG

  .  This week's What's New features the Met with Schubert's epic 9th Symphony.

Schubert/Symphony #9/Met Opera, Levine/DG

Grainger/Lisbon/New Sydney Wind Quintet/NSWQ

Gershwin/Concerto in F/Wang, Royal Scottish/Chandos

Lussier/Impressions del'Lamameda/Group of Twenty Eight/MSR

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New on Saturdays!
8:26 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Primarily Piano | January 4

Sergei Kvitko album art - Of Lands and People Far Away
Credit courtesy

NEW! 3pm Saturday Jan. 4 | Primarily Piano is WKAR's newest  music series, dedicated to great keyboard performers and composers.

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Primarily Piano

Primarily Piano is WKAR's newest music series, dedicated to great keyboard performers and composers. Hosted by WKAR's Peter Whorf, Primarily Piano features an hour of piano masters from around the globe, across the country and here in Mid-Michigan -- from vintage archival recordings to the newest releases.

Aaron Young / WKAR
Radio Made in Michigan
2:51 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Michigan Power Outage Continues for Thousands

Peter Whorf

As of early Friday afternoon some 64,000 Michigan residents remained without power in the aftermath of an ice storm which struck the state's central lower peninsula early Saturday and Sunday.  More than 600,000 experienced loss of electrical services which has now extended from the Great Lakes state to Canada, upstate New York and into Maine.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:53 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Ice Storm Leaves More Than 370,000 in Michigan Without Power

Peter Whorf

A powerful ice storm swept through the center of Michigan's lower peninsula late Saturday and early Sunday leaving an estimated 373,000 without electrical power.

Consumers Energy estimated 260,000 without power as of midday Monday, with approximately 40,000 without power in the Ingham, Eaton and Clinton county tri-state area.  Full restoration is expected by week's end.

DTE Energy estimated 83,000 without power and 90% restoration by Christmas eve.

Arts
2:01 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

What's New on WKAR, December 20

Violinist Joshua Bell demonstrates his amazingly versatile music making in his new release Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends

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Arts
2:16 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

What's New on WKAR, December 13

Nikolai Lugansky plays Grieg's a minor concerto on this edition of What's New on WKAR.

Three German groups and one American ensemble are featured on this edition of What's New.  The South West Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart is exceeded in name only by the South West Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg.  Sounds like something out of P.D.Q Bach routine.  Anyway, they present new releases of Ravel and Richard Strauss, respectively.The second hour of What's New explores Samuel Barber with the Cypress Quartet and Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto from Nikolai Lugansky and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:07 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

What's New on WKAR, December 6

Things seemed to be going well in Gustav Mahler's life while he was composing his 6th Symphony.  Yet it became one of his darker, more brooding works for orchestra.  The Dallas Symphony's newest release highlights this week's What's New.  We'll also listen to new piano releases from rising star Rafal Blechacz and the well-seasoned Mitsuko Uchida.

Chopin/C# minor Polonaise/Blechacz/DG

Mahler/Symphony #6/Dallas, Van Zweden/DSO live

Schumann/Songs of Dawn/Uchida/Decca

Arts
2:05 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

What's New on WKAR, November 22

We'll hear the flip side of Helene Grimaud's fantastic new Brahms piano concerto CD...this time it's No. 2 with the Vienna Philharmonic.  Also, a new take on Leopold Stokowski's famous Bach arrangements for the Philadelphia Orchestra, plus Gustavo Dudamel's Strauss and a tribute to the late John Tavener.

Brahms/Piano Concerto #2/Grimaud, Vienna, Nelsons/DG

Bach arr. Stokowski/Little Fugue in g min/Philadelphia Orch, Nezet-Segun/DG

Tavener/The Protecting Veil selections/Isserlis, BBC Sym, Rozhdestvensky/BBC

Strauss/Also Sprach Zarathustra/Berlin, Dudamel/DG

Arts
2:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Debussy meets MSU at West Circle

Rick Sherman performs with MSU faculty Monday night
Credit Peter Whorf

MSU's College of Music West Circle Series features eight MSU faculty this Monday night in the all Debussy program, A French Master: Claude Debussy.  MSU flute professor Richard Sherman figures prominently, featured in two of the evening's works.  WKAR's Peter Whorf met with Richard in his studio today to talk about Debussy, the flute and Monday's concert...

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:41 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

What's New on WKAR, November 15th

As the holidays approach, new choral releases are arriving daily at WKAR.  One of my favorites (though more associated with the Easter season) is Gregorio Allegri's Miserere from Ensemble Caprice.  Also included  on the disc entitled Adagio are works by Albinoni, Barber, Part and many others.  It's a more serene, meditative take on  Christmas than some of the more brassy, tra-la-la stuff.   Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

San Francisco Symphony brings Mahler 9 to A2

SFSO bassoonist Steven Dibner

The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler's 9th Symphony at Ann Arbor's Hill Auditorium Saturday night as part of the University Musical Society's 2013-14 season.  WKAR's Peter Whorf caught up yesterday with SFSO bassoonist Steven Dibner...a Michigan native.  Hear their conversation on Friday's All Things Considered.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:49 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Coffee and Conversation with Current State

Join WKAR's Current  State team at Schuler Books Chapbook Cafe at Meridian Mall tomorrow at 6pm for a discussion of Mid-Michigan news and issues.  Mark Bashore and company will join you to talk about the stories you think we should be covering and Michigan matters of greatest concern.  Stop by for a coffee, compliments of Schuler Books and 

  a lively exchange of Michigan news ideas.  Hope to see you there!

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Arts
1:50 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

What's New on WKAR, November 8

Helene Grimaud scales twin peaks by Brahms in her new release of both piano concertos...we'll hear his first on today's edition of What's New.  And speaking of great pairs, Ilya Kaler performed both Prokofiev violin concertos last month with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra...we'll also hear the first of the two.

Cellist Marta Bagratuni takes you on a musical journey in her latest recording from Lansing's Blue Griffin...Pieces of the World.  And the Cypress String Quartet brings us home with Antonin Dvorak's "American" Quartet.

Arts
7:52 am
Mon November 4, 2013

What's New on WKAR, November 1

MSU's Derek Polischuk plays Schubert in his new Blue Griffin release

Several  local releases  are featured on this week's What's New.  Keith Jarrett and Michelle Markowski play a Bach

  violin and keyboard sonata from their new release of the complete duos and Alan Fiterstein again joins the San Francisco Symphony with a Weber Concerto.  Locally, The LSO is featured with violinist Ilya Kaler, MSU pianist Derek Polischuk performs and Ann Arbor's Dominican Sisters  sing from their latest release...

Bach/Violin and Keyboard Sonata in E/Makarski, Jarrett/ECM

Liszt/Benediction/Ohlsson/Bridge

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:27 am
Sat November 2, 2013

WKAR at All Saints' Dia De Los Muertos

Peter Whorf

WKAR followed up its Dia de Los Muertos conversation with All Saints rector Kit Carlson with a trip to her East Lansing parish on November 1st.    Parishioners and friends were on hand to enjoy delicious food, music and dance at the church's 7th annual Day of the Dead event.  Detroit's Mariachi Cristal and the Fantasia Folkloric Dancers of Lansing entertained the festive crowd of more than 200.

Arts
2:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

What's New on WKAR, October 25

Four great concertos make up today's show.  The electrifying pianist Lang Lang teams with the Berlin Philharmonic in Prokofiev's 3rd.  One of Weber's two clarinet concertos is new from Bridge Records

  .  And two of the four greatest German violin concertos come from violinists Tasmin Little (Bruch) and Rachel Barton Pine (Mendelssohn).  We'll hear the Brahms and Beethoven another time.

Bruch/Violin Concerto in g minor/Little/Orch of Wales/BBC Magazine

Prokofiev/Piano Concerto #3/Lang Lang, Berlin, Rattle/Sony

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Arts
2:15 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

What's New on WKAR, October 18

Rachel Barton Pine play Robert Schumann

Two exciting artists bring you new concerto releases

   on today's show.  First, Chicagoan Rachel Barton Pine performs the Robert Schumann violin concerto, a long-neglected work now growing in popularity.  Fellow Chicacagoan Wendy Warner then plays the C Major Joseph Haydn Cello Concerto with Camerata Chicago.

Rounding out today's What's New is the Canadian duo Anagnason and Kinton with Schubert's Fantasie and the Moscow String Quartet's take on Mozart...

Schumann/Violin Concerto/Pine, Gottinger Sym/Cedille

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Arts
8:43 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

What's New on WKAR, September 20th

Marta Bagratuni

Cellist Marta Bagratuni leads off with two selections from her new disc of diverse music called Pieces of the World.   The delightful new release pairs Marta with (among others) her father, MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni.  Epic Stravinsky, a Chopin sonata and the Stuyvesant quartet round out What's New.  And be sure to catch the bonus track at show's end from The New Friends of Rhythm...a 1940's classical/jazz ensemble that was certainly new to me!

Sonata for 2 cellos/Fratres/Bagratuni/Blue Griffin

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Arts
8:17 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

What's New on WKAR, September 13

Quick...name a banjo concerto!  I couldn't either.  But banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck recently composed such a work entitled The Imposter.  Find out why Fleck calls it that on What's New.  The great Mario Lanza is also featured in a Turner Classic new release...plus Beethoven and Brahms.

Beethoven/Cello Sonata in A/Carr, Sauer/MSR

Brahms/Violin Sonata #1/Sant'Ambrogio, Winn/MSR

Various Arias/Lanza/Turner

Fleck/The Imposter/Fleck, Nashville/DG

Support WKAR
8:29 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Help Shorten Fall Membership Campaign

You probably prefer listening to high-quality music, news and information more than on-air fundraising on WKAR.

In the days ahead, you have the opportunity to shorten WKAR's upcoming Fall Membership campaign.

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Arts
7:43 am
Tue September 10, 2013

What's New on WKAR, September 6

This edition of What's New takes you back more than 30 years to a 1982 London performance by the great Vladimir Horowitz - newly reissued by BBC Music Magazine.  Chicago cellist Wendy Warner plays two Classical era cello concertos...and the music world's 2010 Chopin bicentennial is reprised with the trio in g minor.

Haydn/Cello Concerto in D/Warner, Camerata Chicago/Cedille

Chopin/Trio in g minor/Wissick, Willis, Luby/Albany

Myslivicek/Cello Concerto/Warner, Camerata Chicago/Cedille

Rachmaninov/Piano Sonata #2/Horowitz/BBC Music Magazine

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:31 am
Sat August 31, 2013

What's New on WKAR, August 30

Mozart's Gran Partita manuscript

Today's program showcases the MSU Wind Symphony with a major work by Mozart - his Gran Partita - plus the lively and popular Danzon #2 by Arturo Marquez.  New releases of music by Bach and Brahms round out this edition of What's New.

Mozart/Gran Partita/MSU Wind Symphony/MSU Recording

Bach/Suite #4 for cello/Costanza/MSR Classics

Marquez/Danzon#2/MSU Winf Symphony, Sedatole/MSU Recording

Brahms/String Quartet#1/Ceruti Quartet/MSR Classics

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:13 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Current State Tailgate

Mark Bashore with Spartan Marching Band director John Madden and Trombonist Luyi Han.
Credit Peter Whorf

Current State finished out the summer season with a live broadcast from MSU's Adams Field before Friday's Spartan victory in the football opener.  Current State/Current Sports hosts Mark Bashore and Al Martin co-anchored the show with a variety of interviews and music from the Spartan Marching Band.  Hope you can join us in person as Current State tailgates again this season.  Be listening to 90.5FM and AM870 for future dates and locations...

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Arts
2:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

What's New on WKAR, August 23

Gwendolyn Mok plays Brahms on classic keyboards

A program of musical giants to inspire...on this week's edition of What's New.  Concertos by Sibelius and Mozart lead off each hour of today's show...first, the powerful Sibelius Violin Concerto, followed by Mozart's brilliant 12th Piano Concerto.  Colin Carr plays Beethoven's last

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  onata for Cello and Piano, and Gwendolyn Mok explores the piano world of Brahms on a rare instrument from the composer's era...

Sibelius/Violin Concerto/Schiff, MAV Sym/MSR Classics

Beethoven/Sonata for Cello and Piano op 102 #2/Carr, Sauer/MSR Classics

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