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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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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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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Arts
2:00 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

What's New on WKAR, August 16

Cerutti Quartet plays Debussy

Baroque,  Impressionist and diverse 20th century styles make for a wide variety of sounds on this edition of What's New...

Bach/Keyboard Concerto in d/Pierce, Capella Istropolitana/MSR Classics

Debussy/String Quartet/Cerutti Qt/MSR Classics

Barber/Violin Concerto/Schiff, MAV Sym, Eisenberg/MSR Classics

Bloch/Concerto Grosso/Pierce, Slovak Radio/MSR

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:15 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

WKAR at World Tournament of Historic Baseball

Greenfield Village "La-Dee-Dahs" take in a game
Peter Whorf

This coming week, Current State takes you to this year's World Tournament of Historic Baseball at Greenfield Village.  Teams from around the Great Lakes region and beyond squared off this weekend for 19th century baseball supremacy.   Tune in for the sounds of the games, cheering crowds, brass bands, steam trains and more.  Plus, an inside look at 19th century baseball from one of the members of the Saginaw Old Golds - 2012's championship squad   The historic baseball season continues throughout Michigan into the fall...

Arts
2:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

What's New on WKAR, August 9

Pianist Paul Lewis plays Beethoven

An historic new release of the 1973 Adrian Boult classic recording of Gustav Holst's The Planets highlights today's show.  The flip side of the new BBC Magazine release features the brilliant and prolific pianist Paul Lewis with Beethoven's Piano Concerto #1.  A new Mahler disc and Bach round out this edition of What's New on WKAR.

Holst/The Planets/BBC Sym/BBC Magazine

Mahler/Das Lied von der Erde excerpt/Martingale Ensemble, Selden, Zeller/MSR Classics

Beethoven/Piano Concerto #1/BBC Sym, Lewis/BBC Magazine

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:56 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Living History aboard the USS Silversides

Garry McKeen shows us the Silverside's forward torpedo room
Peter Whorf

As part of Current State's ongoing coverage of Michigan culture and history, we've been exploring a number of the fascinating  year-round and seasonal events and exhibits across the Great Lakes.  Join us next week in Muskegon, Michigan as we explore the USS Silversides Submarine Museum at its beautiful Lake Michigan location.  You'll hear the remarkable docent (and fellow former Chicagoan) Garry McKeen with moving and personal stories of the all-volunteer submariners who served aboard the Silversides beginning just eight days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:25 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

WKAR at Great Lakes Folk Festival

Mark Bashore, Emanuele Berry, Aaron Young and Joe Linstroth at Common Ground in July...join us at the GLFF this week.
Credit Peter Whorf

You've joined us at the East Lansing Art Festival, Summer Solstice Jazz Festival and five days at 

  Lansing's Common Ground.  Now join Current State at the Great Lakes Folk Festival as Mark Bashore and company broadcast live on Friday, August 9 at 6pm.  Hope to see you there!

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Arts
12:38 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

What's New on WKAR, August 2

Violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio plays Brahms with pianist James Winn

The giants of Germany and Scandinavia figure prominently on this edition of What's New.  The BBC Symphony of Wales brings two high-voltage live recordings of fifth symphonies by Sibelius and Nielsen.  Plus, new chamber music from MSR Recordings of Brahms and Beethoven.

Brahms/Sonata #3 for violin and piano/Sant'Ambrogio, Winn/MSR

Nielsen/Symphony #5/BBC Sym. Wales/BBC Magazine

Sibelius/Symphony #5/BBC Sym. Wales/BBC Magazine

Beethoven/Sonata in D for Cello and Piano/Carr, Sauer/MSR

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Arts
7:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

What's New on WKAR, July 26

Pianist Anne Marie McDermott highlights todays's What's New - with two concertos from her latest all-Mozart release.  You'll also hear recent performances from here in Mid-

  Michigan  with excerpts from the MSU Symphony's 2013 Honors Concert and the MSU Chorale.

Mozart.Piano Concerto #13/McDermott, Calder Quartet/Bridge

Debussy/Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orleans/MSU Chorale, Rayl/MSU Recording

Ravel/Tzigane/Bezuglov, MSU Sym/MSU Recording

Mozart/Piano Concerto#14/McDermott, Calder Quartet/Bridge

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Arts
4:04 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

What's New on WKAR, July 19

Today's show features both local and international releases from the MSU College of Music and Lansing Symphony to the Quartet of Cremona and Bela Fleck's Virtuosic banjo!



Prokofiev/Romeo and Juliet/Lansing, Muffitt/MSU Recording


Beethoven/String Quartet op 95 "Seriosos"/Quartto di Cremona/Audite


Fleck/Night Flight Over Water/Fleck, Brooklyn Ryder/21C Media

Arts
2:49 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

What's New on WKAR, July 12

Today's program features MSU's Suren Bagratuni and Minsoo Sohn, plus new releases from the Gewandhaus Orchestra,


the Zofo piano duo and more...


Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Current State at Common Ground


Current State broadcasts live again tonight from Common Ground in Lansing's Adado Riverfront Park.  Host Mark Bashore will be there at 6pm each night through Friday.  Hope to see you there!

Arts
12:54 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

What's New on WKAR, June 28

The Emerson Quartet's newest release Journeys is featured on this week's show - with incredible recordings of music by Tchaikovsky and Schoenberg.  And MSU pianist Minsoo Sohn plays Kreisler/Rachmaninoff from his late 2012 joint concert with cellist Suren Bagratuni - plus Beethoven and Gershwin...

Beethoven/Piano Sonata #28/Masi/Consezio

Schoenberg/Verklartenacht/Emerson, Neubauer, Carr/Sony

Gershwin/Three Preludes/Cockrell/Troy

Tchaikovsky/Souvenir de Florence/Emerson, Neubauer, Carr/Sony

Radio Made in Michigan
9:16 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Lansing's Vintage Radio Expo on Current State


  


Plymouth's Mark Oppat is an avid vintage radio collector, restorer and owner of the on-line company Radio Parts...a supplier of replacement components for other antique radio enthusiasts.


Mark is also active in the Michigan Antique Radio Club. It's an organization dedicated to preserving the history and knowledge of radio, television, and related disciplines...with a special emphasis on contributions originating in the state of Michigan.

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Support WKAR
9:47 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Classical Music Endowment - Give Now

On Monday, WKAR Radio is holding a one-day pledge drive to support the classical music you love. Your pledge will be dedicated to WKAR's commitment to classical music and will become part of the WKAR Classical Music Endowment.

You enjoy and depend on classical music here on WKAR. Give Now Online or call 517 353-5000  to donate to the Classical Music Endowment -- where your donation can be used only to support classical music in mid-Michigan from WKAR.

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Arts
2:54 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

What's New on WKAR, June 14

Rachmaninoff

/Piano Concerto #1/Lansing Sym/O'Reilly/Muffitt/MSU recording

Respighi/Berceuse/Pine, Hagle/Cedille

Chopin/Piano Sonata #3/Kolesnikov/Honens

Thompson/Alleluia/Ying Quartet/Sonos Luminus

Hanson/Concerto Da Camera/Ying Quartet, Neiman/Sonos Luminas

Barber/Adagio/Ying Quartet/Sonos Luminus

Barber/Souvenirs/Zofo/Sonos Luminus

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Arts
12:41 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

What's New on WKAR, June 7

Mei-Ann Chen leads the Chicago Sinfonietta

This week brings new releases of solo piano, chamber and orchestral music.  The brilliant young pianist Conrad Tao plays Rachmaninov and Ravel from his latest disc...and fellow Illinois musicians of the Chicago Sinfonietta perform an exciting new arrangement of Bernstein's beloved West Side Story.  Plus, more Beethoven from the latest cycle by Quartetto Di Cremona.

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Arts
3:10 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

LSO's Timothy Muffitt live on WKAR

WKAR's Peter Whorf with Timothy Muffitt last fall in the studios of 90.5 Classical
Credit Bill Richards

Join 90.5 Classical this Thursday at 2pm when Lansing Symphony music director Timothy Muffitt joins us as guest host on WKAR. Timothy will share several of his favorite classical recordings and preview some of the 2013-14 LSO season. You... can also join in on the Mid-Michigan classical conversation on WKAR's Facebook page - or email. That's guest host Timothy Muffitt along with WKAR radio station manager Peter Whorf, Thursday at 2pm on 90.5 classical...

  

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Arts
1:08 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

What's New on WKAR, May 31

Trio Solisti

Two Midwestern groups figure in this edition of What's New.  The Jackson Symphony plays a suite from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet from their May 4th concert at Potter Center Music Hall.  We'll also sample some of the Winnetka Illinois-raised Ying Quartet's new all-American release entitled American Anthem.  Plus, chamber music from the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition and a Dvorak Trio from Trio Solisti.

Dvorak/Piano Trio No. 3/Trio Solisti/Brideg

Mendelssohn/Sonata for Cello and Piano/Kolesnokov, Moser/Honens

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Arts
10:03 am
Tue May 28, 2013

What's New on WKAR, May 24

Conrad Tao

We explore the world of new classical recordings outside of Michigan on this edition of What's New.  The Midwest is represented by both the Indianapolis Symphony with Antonin Dvorak's tone poem The Water Goblin and Illinois native Conrad Tao's new disc of music by California composer Gordon Getty.  Also, Portugal's Dryads Duo and pianist Edward Auer and the Shanghai Quartet play Chopin.

Chopin/Piano Concerto #1/Auer, Shanghai Quartet/Culture Demain

Janacek/Sonata for Violin and Piano/Dryads Duo/Fundacao

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:32 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Current State at East Lansing Art Festival

The Current State team prepares for the show's January 2013 launch
Credit Peter Whorf

Join us at the East Lansing Art Festival tomorrow as Current State broadcasts live from in front of City Hall from 11a-1p. 90.5FM will be there live with music, interviews and arts coverage all day...

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Arts
2:49 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

What's New on WKAR May 17

MSU Symphony and Kevin Noe
Credit Peter Whorf

Hector Berlioz's monumental Symphonie Fantastique dominates our 23rd edition of the show - Kevin Noe conducts a November 2012 performance from the Wharton Center.  Also, more of Pavel Kolesnikov's new release of his performances fom the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition....and the Moscow Quartet with Beethoven.

Berlioz/Symphonie Fantastique/MSU Sym, Noe/MSU recording

Beethoven/String Qt No.11/Moscow Quartet/Finer Arts

Beethoven/Piano Sonata #14 "Moonlight"/Kolesnikov/Honens

Telemann/Sonata in A minor/Field and Franz Duo/Yellow Tail

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Arts
10:21 am
Mon May 13, 2013

What's New on WKAR, May 10

Quartetto di Cremona

We venture outside of Mid-Michigan for much of this edition.  First, NYC-based pianist Steven Masi plays Beethoven's 15th Sonata - Steven is recording the complete piano sonatas.  We'll also have Beethoven's early Quartet op18.#6 from the Quartet of Cremona.  These fellas are also recording a Beethoven complete cycle.  From home, the MSU Symphony and Kevin Noe play Debussy's La Mer, and we fill out What's New with Corelli and Krommer....

Beethoven/Piano Son #15/Masi/Concezio Prod.

Corelli/Sonata #3 in C/Trio Corelli/Bridge

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:15 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Current Sports with Al Martin launches Monday

Current Sports intern Mike Koury, producer and engineer Aaron Young and host and producer Al Martin

Al Martin and the Current Sports crew has been preparing for the debut week of Mid-Michigan's newest daily sports talk show...starting Monday, May 13 at 1pm on 870AM.  Al will also be a special guest and regular sports contributor for the daily news/arts radio magazine, Current State.  Be sure to tune in to 870AM next week for special guests including a few Spartan legends, Fox Sports Southwest executive and MSU grad Jeff Genthner...and a special familiar friend to kick of Al's premiere!

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:45 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Current State at East Lansing Art Festival

Come see Current State's Mark Bashore and Emanuele Berry at our City Hall location during this year's East Lansing Art Festival on May 18th.  Watch Mark and Emanuele create your show in this 2-hour special edition of Current State from 11a-1p...then stay with us for classical music live from the festival from 1-5.

Hope you can be there with us - or listen in between 11 and 5 on 90.5, WKAR-FM...

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Arts
3:24 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

What's New on WKAR, May 3

Hope you enjoy program 21 - dominated by local recordings from Lansing and Jackson.

Mozart/Fantasy in d minor/Sergei Kvitko/Blue Griffin

Mussorgsky/Trepak/Kvitko/Blue Griffin

Chopin/Piano Concerto #2/Auer, Shanghai Qt/Culture/Demain

Barber/First Essay for Orchestra/Lansing, Muffitt/MSU recording

Dvorak/Sym #7/Jackson, Osmond/Jackson Sym recording

Arts
10:30 am
Tue April 23, 2013

What's New on WKAR, April 26

Timothy Muffitt and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The Lansing Symphony and Timothy Muffitt headline our latest What's New with Antonin Dvorak's beloved Symphony #9 "From the New World"...and two selections from Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov feature piano music of Robert Schumann and another crowd-pleaser...Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1.

Schumann/Kinderszenen excerpts/Kolesnikov/Honens

Dvorak/Sym #9/Lansing, Muffitt/MSU recording

Tchaikovsky/Piano Concerto #1/Calgary Philharmonic, Kolesnikov, Minczuk/Honens

Dvorak/Cypresses excerpts/Cypress String Qt/Avie

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