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

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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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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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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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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.

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. 

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

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/

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

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.

Mid-Michigan Closings

Jan 5, 2014

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

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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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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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.

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

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.

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

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

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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...

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.

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.

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!

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.

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