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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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...

  

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

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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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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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

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

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!

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...

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

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

Local, live recordings once again highlight this week's edition of What's New, from the MSU Symphony, to the Jackson Symphony...plus 20th and 21st century music from both ensembles.

Beethoven/Symphony #1/MSU Symphony, Noe/MSU recording

Adams/The Chairman Dances/MSU Symphony, Noe/MSU recording

Schumann/Overture, Scherzo and Finale/Atlantic Classical Orchestra/Artek

Dvorak/String Quartet #13/Cypress String Quartet/Avie

Mozart/Quintet for Piano and Winds K452/JSO members/Jackson Symphony Recording

Three MSU performances highlight today's What's New.  First, Richard Sherman and A Ram Lee bring you a February performance from the Jackson Symphony's Classical Cabaret series of Richard Strauss' Flute and Piano Sonata.  Then, Kevin Noe leads the MSU Symphony in a brilliant reading of Aaron Copland's Billy the Kid Suite.  And the MSU Wind Symphony plays Percy Grainger's Colonial Song.

Gray Graffman joins the Lark Quartet in a 1999 work of Jennifer Higdon just released by Bridge Records...and Alessio Bax plays Mozart's 27th Piano Concerto.

Musicians from two of Mid-Michigan's most prominent ensembles highlight this week's program.  First, David Rayl's Lansing Symphony performance of excerpts from Johannes Brahms German Requiem comes to you for Good Friday.  Then, Kevin Noe and the MSU Symphony Orchestra bring you a performance of Beethoven's Symphony #1 from their February 2013 concert.  The King's Singersperform more sacred music for the season and Zuill Bailey plays Dvorak's beloved Cello Concerto in b minor.

This week we have two new releases from eastern Europe and two from the eastern U.S.  The Moscow Quartet plays one of Beethoven's most popular chamber works, the string quartet #10 called the "Harp" quartet.  Then, Bulgarian pianist Hristo Kazakov plays selections from Claude Debussy's Images.  The rarely heard Robert Schumann Violin Concerto comes to you in a new live performance by Elmar Olivera and Boca Raton's Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and the renowned Eastman Wind Ensemble celebrates 60 years with a new Stravinsky disc.

This week on What's New:

Mozart/Piano Concerto #24/Alessio Bax, Southbank Sinfonia/Signum Classics

Dvorak/Trio #4/Trio Solisti/Bridge

Beethoven/Eroica Variations/Ax/Sony

MSU assistant professor and pianist Minsoo Sohn is not only one of our state's most-talented musicians, he's also a rising star on the global classical music stage with recent acclaimed recordings and a Carnegie Hall debut.  What's New features one of our newest "in-house" recordings  - from Minsoo's January recital at Cook Hall.  Also, Daniel Barenboim conducts Bruckner's epic 7th Symphony, plus Beethoven and Handel...

Brahms/Variations on a Theme by Handel/Minsoo Sohn/MSU archive recording

This week on What's New, Peter brings you more from the Vienna Philharmonic's 2013 opener.  The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra crosses over to Brahms, the San Francisco Ballet performs Delibes and pianist Rosa Antonelli plays Granados from her new release, Remembranza.

Wagner/Prelude to Act 3 from Lohengrin

Verdi/Prestissimo from Don Carlo/Vienna Phil, Most/Sony Classics

Brahms/Serenade #1 in D op. 11/Philharmonia Baroque, McGegan/PBP

Granados/Allegro de Concierto/Antonelli/Albany

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The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show wraps up this Sunday at Cobo Center.  Dozens of dealers are on-hand with the latest and greatest for cruising the Great Lakes.

WKAR’s Peter Whorf spent some time at the expo earlier this week and brings us his last in a series of reports from Cobo. This time, Peter speaks with Bill Rose of Rose Marine Service about a boat that’s close to home.

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The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show continues at Cobo Center through this weekend.

WKAR’sPeter Whorf continues our series from the expo with a first look at a Michigan-made product.  Gibbs Sports and Amphibians’ Graham Jenkins describes the new Quadski, a specialized craft that travels on land and water.

 

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This weekend the New York Philharmonic comes to Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium.

Sunday’s program features an all-Russian lineup, with Saturday’s bill devoted to Mozart and Brahms.

This year marks the centennial of Hill Auditorium and WKAR continues to celebrate with the occasional series, “Hill at 100.”

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This week on Current State, WKAR's Peter Whorf takes us to Cobo Center for the Detroit Boat show.  The expo runs through Sunday.  Tune in for Current State with Mark Bashore  weekdays at 9a and 6p on 90.5FM and noon on 870AM.  Emanuele Berry brings you Current State Weekend Saturdays at 11a and Sundays at noon on 90.5.  You can also hear our show Saturday and Sunday on 870AM.  Here are a few of the many things you might find at Cobo...

The next edition of Peter Whorf's What's New on WKAR features one of the great pianists of our age - Emanuel Ax.  He plays music on his new Sony Classical disc by Haydn and Beethoven - and this week's What's New feature, Robert Schumann's Symphonic Etudes. Also, the Banff Competition award-winning Cecelia String Quartet and more...

What's New on WKAR/Friday, February 22 at 2pm:

Schumann/Symphonic Etudes/Emanuel Ax/Sony Classical

Bach/Brandenburg Concerto #1/Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra/Hanssler Classics

The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show runs now through Sunday at Cobo Center. The expo showcases everything from power boats to pontoons, and even a little Great Lakes history. This year is the bicentennial of the epic Battle of Lake Erie, which occurred during the War of 1812.
 

Tall ships of the British and United States navies clashed in September of 1813.  The Americans won this crucial battle, which may be best-remembered for the famous message delivered by Commodore Oliver Perry:  “We have met the enemy, and he is ours…”
 

Today at noon (Sat. 2/16), celebrated film composer John Lunn, the creator of the theme music for the award winning Downton Abbey television series welcomes WKAR listeners into his home. Join 90.5 for the encore presentation of At Home with John Lunn: Composer of the Downton Abbey Soundtrack.

This week at 2pm on What's New - MSU's Verdehr Trio celebrates 40 years, Lansing-based pianist Sergei Kvitko looks forward to Carnegie Hall as he releases the new disc, Ad Libitum...and we hear new releases from the Cecelia String Quartet and the Claremont Trio's new Beethoven Triple Concerto.

Beethoven/Triple Concerto op. 56/Claremont Trio, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Martin West

Haydn/Variations in F Minor/Sergei Kvitko

Granados/Escenas Romanticas excerpt/Sergei Kvitko

Bruch/Four Pieces, op. 83/Verdehr Trio

Peter Whorf

Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and Midwestern radio listeners as the long-time host of WJR's Kaleidoscope.  The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968, as well as numerous other statewide and national honors.

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Peter Whorf

Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and midwestern radio listeners as the long-time host of WJR's Kaleidoscope. The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968...as well as numerous other statewide and national honors.

 

Kaleidoscope brought listeners an hour-long journey into people, places and events - woven together with period music, archival news recordings, and Whorf's distinctive narrative.

 

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Meridian Township’s Harris Nature Center offers a variety of winter evening tours, including walking tours, by snowshoe and by cross country skis.

WKAR’s Peter Whorf takes us on a recent Saturday night “Owl Prowl," where guided night tours through the Center's woods could lead to an owl-spotting.  

John Madden is associate professor of music, associate director of bands, and director of the Spartan Marching Band at Michigan State University. Professor Madden and the Spartan Brass will be embedded in the Izzone tonight as the Spartans square off against the Michigan Wolverines for their first-ever meeting as Top-10 ranked teams.

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Coming up this week on Current State, you'll hear the sounds of Chinese New Year in Mid-Michigan from Saturday's Meridian Mall festivities.  Hundreds gathered for music, dance, painting, games and many other Chinese arts and traditions in celebration of the Year of the Snake.  Later in the week, a visit to the Harris Nature Center's  Owl Prowl with Park Naturalist Katie Adams.  Just how many kinds of owls call Michigan home?  What do they sound like?  Katie tells all.

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