Peter Whorf

Radio Station Manager

Peter Whorf is radio station manager for WKAR Public Media. He oversees the news and music divisions of WKAR Radio, and is host of MSU In Concert, numerous live broadcasts and the 90.5 New Release Of The Month feature.

Peter joined WKAR in August 2012.

Peter arrived at WKAR from WFMT, where he was radio program director and vice president of content for the Chicago commercial classical station. 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 with a degree in violin performance.

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Jan 5, 2014










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.

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.

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

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...

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.

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


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.