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
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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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

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