90.5 Classical New Release Of The Month

Each month, 90.5 Classical New Release Of The Month features a single recording by a particular artist or ensemble; from solo piano to vocal, chamber music to symphony orchestra.
Peter Whorf kicks off the musical showcase during Morning Edition on the first Friday of each month. Then, listen throughout the month as classical hosts Jody Knol and Jamie Paisley feature selections from the highlighted recording.

Violinist Ray Chen recently appeared in Michigan as guest soloist with the Flint Symphony Orchestra.

A new era for Lansing & Washington; learn how the federal government shutdown is affecting Michiganders; new revelations in the Larry Nassar investigation; police step up efforts to catch drug-impaired drivers; should MSU coach Dave Warner get all the blame for the Spartans' bowl loss? And the 90.5 Classical New Release of the month.

On this week's Current State - lame duck in the Michigan legislature: protection or power grab? Plus, mayor Karen Weaver of Flint updates us on pipeline replacement & what's next. Smoking is on the decline, except e-cigarettes. And meet WKAR's newest reporter!

90.5 Classical’s December New Release of the Month focuses on the holiday spirit. Peter Whorf has more on sacred music from a spiritual space "across the pond"...

Current State for Nov. 10-11, 2018

Nov 9, 2018

On November 10-11 edition of Current State: recapping the pink & blue wave from Election 2018; passage of legalization of marijuana in Michigan; PBS Playtime expanding their role in Lansing schools & the growing demographic of anglers in the U.P.

Earlier this week, the Calidore String Quartet completed its performance/master class residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Cedille Records

Romantic era classical composers - Brahms, Dvorak and others - were captivated by the Romani sounds of Hungary, Romania and the Balkans. Chicago musicians and WKAR’s Peter Whorf have 90.5 Classical’s New Release of the Month.

Harmonia Mundi

Cedille Records - Lisa-Marie-Mazzucco

Chicago's Rachel Barton Pine and Jory Vinikour team up to record Sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach and it has been chosen as the 90.5 Classical New Release of the Month for August, 2018.


Ecstatic Songs is the new release from Mirabai Women's Choir led by MSU's Sandra Snow. Dr. Snow assembled the group of MSU women alumnae in their premiere recording. It's WKAR's July feature.


Jordi Savall's newest recording with his group Hesperion XXI explores two centuries of European Baroque masterpieces. WKAR's Peter Whorf guides us through May's 90.5 Classical New Release Of The Month...


San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in their newest release - the complete symphonies of Robert Schumann. WKAR's Peter Whorf gives us a first listen to the 4-symphony set, as MTT brings us on a journey to Schumann's time and place.


British violinist Daniel hope leads a grand tour through several eras of great music. WKAR's Peter Whorf takes us through Hope's newest release, Journey to Mozart. It's WKAR's March New Release Of The Month.

Peter Whorf / WKAR-MSU

February's 90.5 Classical New Release of the Month transports you to Vienna's famed Musikverein for the New Year's Day 2018 celebration.  WKAR's Peter Whorf brings you Sony Classical's newest from Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic.

WKAR's New Release of the Month feature takes over for the long-running What's New in Classical Music show starting this month.