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 & Culture
12:47 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

'Latin is America' celebrates cultural collaboration

The MSU Percussion Ensemble is part of the 'Latin IS America' music festival.
Credit Courtesy of MSU College of Music

The second MSU "Latin IS America" series got underway Wednesday and continues at campus locations and around the Lansing area through next Saturday, April 19. It's a ten day festival that includes lectures, discussions, and concerts.

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Music
11:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Heartbreaking opera classic comes to MSU

La Boheme opens tonight at 8 p.m. in the Fairchild Theatre at MSU.
Credit Flickr - Andrea Puggioni


MSU Opera Theater perform’s Giacomo Puccini’s "La Boheme" this weekend at Fairchild Theatre. Current State’s Peter Whorf spoke with director Melanie Helton and music director Daniel Beckwith, and the three are also joined by cast members for WKAR studio performances.

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Arts & Culture
12:54 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

MSU prof recaptures iconic African images

Darcy Greene's photos were taken in 2012. The MSU Museum exhibition runs through April 27.
courtesy of Darcy Greene

The exhibit Revisiting Verger’s Dahomey: A Photographic Contrast is currently on display at the Michigan State University Museum. The show presents a comparison of the images of Pierre Verger, the French photojournalist who immersed himself in the lives, customs, and beliefs of the people of Dahomey, now Benin, West Africa.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Ann Arbor Symphony Comes to WKAR

WKAR and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will team for their first live broadcast together on Saturday April 12 at 8pm.  The all-Brahms season finale concert will feature violin soloist Itamar Zorman and cellist David Requiro in a program which comes to you from the Michigan Theatre.  Also on the bill are Brahms's Symphony No. 1, Academic Festival Overture, and U of M professor Bright Sheng's "Black Swan" - a ravishing arrangement of one of the piano intermezzi by Brahms.

Don't miss this 90.5 Classical broadcast premiere of Michigan's A2SO!

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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:34 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Walk like a Nordician: Meridian offers class on Nordic walking

Eric Ederer says nordic walking can be done on paved surfaces, grass...anywhere you can normally walk.
Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR


 

Eric Ederer instructs Mid-Michiganders in techniques of Nordic Walking at the Harris Nature Center in Meridian Township on Saturday March 22.

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Music
1:01 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Cello takes center stage at MSU music series

The Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival at MSU runs through Sunday.
Credit Flickr - red.sideburns

MSU’s College of Music Cello Plus series has grown into one of Michigan’s largest chamber festivals. Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with Cello Plus founder Suren Bagratuni and visiting composer Vache Sharafyan about this Wednesday’s concert at Fairchild Theatre.

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Radio Made in Michigan
7:17 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Current State honored by Michigan Association of Broadcasters

Current State's Joe Linstroth and Mark Bashore
Credit Peter Whorf

WKAR's daily radio news and arts magazine, Current State was awarded Best in Category for Community Service at last night's Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Awards at the Lansing Center.  Current State host Mark Bashore and producer Joe Linstroth created and produced the weekly 2013 series which continues to feature listener-nominated individuals and organizations who serve the Mid-Michigan community.  

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Music
12:28 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

A preview of summer concerts from mid-Michigan to Interlochen

Interlochen's art camp for grades 3-12 performing over the summer.
Credit Courtesy of www.interlochen.org

As we dream of warm days to come, summer music festivals around Michigan are releasing their summer schedules. Among the performances are the Great Lakes Chamber Festival, Interlochen and the Grand Rapids Symphony.

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Music
10:40 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Documentary celebrates legacy of Lansing's Elderly Instruments

Elderly Instruments was founded by Stan Werbin.
Credit Flickr/brianhef

If you strum, pick or fiddle, chances are you've come across Lansing's Elderly Instruments.

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Environment
1:34 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

When will it end? Spring weather preview

Provenzano says that Michigan can expect one more heavy snowstorm before spring arrives in March.
Credit Flickr - Yannick Bammert

How much longer?  That’s the question on most of our minds as March 1st and “meteorological spring” arrive.  Current State got a spring forecast preview from WILX’s Andy Provenzano.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

St. Petersburg Philharmonic thrills Wharton Center listeners

The St. Petersburg Philharmonic rehearses at MSU's Wharton Center
Credit Peter Whorf

If you enjoy virtuoso orchestral playing at the highest level, I hope you were able to hear the St. Petersburg Philharmonic at the Wharton Center last night.  The orchestra led by Yuri Temirkanov heated up the hall on a freezing February evening with Rachmaninoff's electrifying Symphony No. 2 and an excellent collaboration with Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang in Prokofiev's second concerto.  For good measure, the group opened with a crisp Rossini Barber of Seville

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Music
12:28 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

St. Petersburg Philharmonic to feature fiery Russian composers

Musician Vilde Frang
Credit Flickr - Olavsfestdagene

  

From the icy depths of mother Russia, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra comes to the Wharton Center. The orchestra has played in Ann Arbor and Chicago and now will visit East Lansing tonight. Norwegian violin soloist Vilde Frang will accompany the performance, which features works by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:14 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Primarily Piano | March 2014

In March, Primarily Piano features five superstars of the keyboard. Solo piano music, chamber groups and concerto performances are all part of five recent releases by masters of the instrument featured this month.
Saturdays at 3pm on 90.5 FM WKAR.

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Music
12:27 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Carnegie Hall welcomes MSU Wind Symphony

The MSU Wind Symphony will take the stage this Saturday night at Carnegie Hall.
Credit Flickr - Bosc d'Anjou

This Saturday night, the MSU Wind Symphony’s much-anticipated Carnegie Hall concert brings music of Pulitzer-Prize winning composer John Corigliano to the stage.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:54 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Feb. 7 | Noe and MSU Symphony - MSU Faculty Recital Series

MSU Director of Orchestras, Kevin Noe

Fri. Feb. 7 at 8pm on 90.5 FM and here at Listen Live 90.5 WKAR  | Join WKAR host Jody Knol on 90.5 Classical for a live broadcast of the MSU Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kevin Noe. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:51 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Wednesday 1/29 School Closings

ADDISON

ALBION PUBLIC

BATH COMMUNITY

BATTLE CREEK

BELLEVUE COMMUNITY

BRANCH ISD

BRIGHTON

BRONSON

CAMDEN-FRONTIER

CHARLOTTE PUBLIC - Status: 2 HOUR DELAY

CHARYL STOCKWELL ACADEMY

CHARYL STOCKWELL PREP ACADEMY

CLINTON CO RESA - Status: 2 HOUR DELAY

CLINTON COMMUNITY

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:00 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

Primarily Piano | January 11

This edition of Primarily Piano features 2 concerto recordings -- one with a twist.  First, Nelson Freire plays one of the all-time favorites: Edvard Grieg's a minor Piano Concerto.  Then, it's Anne-Marie McDermott with her new recording of Mozart's 14th with the Calder Quartet accompanying, standing in for the orchestra role as was done in days gone by.  And from the WKAR vinyl archives, we'll share a rare recording by Sergei Prokofiev playing his own music.

Grieg/Piano Concerto/Freire, Munich, Kempe/CBS

Prokofiev/Suggestion Diabolique/Prokofiev/Angel

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:55 am
Tue January 7, 2014

MSU Moves Regular Operations Back

Normal operations at MSU resume at 5pm today - with all morning and afternoon classes canceled Tuesday.  The latest from MSU here:

http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/update-msu-will-not-resume-normal-operations-until-5-pm-jan-7-morning-and-afternoon-classes-can/

Radio Made in Michigan
4:28 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Mid-Michigan Closing Update

Closings for Tuesday, Jan 7:

ADDISON

BATH COMMUNITY

BRANCH ISD

CACS HEAD START

CAMDEN-FRONTIER

CAPITOL CITY BAPTIST

CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

CHARLOTTE PUBLIC

CHARYL STOCKWELL ACADEMY

CHARYL STOCKWELL PREP. ACADEMY

CLINTON COMMUNITY

COLDWATER COMMUNITY

COLE ACADEMY

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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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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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