Kate Botello

Music Host and Producer

Kate comes to Northern Michigan via New York City, where she was a freelance actor, singer and playwright, appearing Off-Broadway as Judy Garland in the underground hit, Christmas with the Crawfords. She wrote and starred in several Judy Garland-themed productions, including Judy’s Christmas Garland and Judy Garland and Uninvited Company -- for which she was nominated for a Nightlife Award and won a Backstage Bistro award.

Before her time in New York, Kate was one of the founding on-air personalities for ZDTV, a national television network (later to become TechTV). There, she hosted "The Screen Savers," a live daily call-in show co-starring tech guru Leo Laporte, as well as "Extended Play," a show about videogames and the gaming industry with cohost Adam Sessler. She also puppeteered and provided the voice for Tilde, the network’s "virtual host" - work for which she won an Emmy Award.

Kate Botello has lived in Traverse City, Michigan since 2005, and is delighted by the huge amount of talent and art available to people in our area. She directed and starred in many productions for the Old Town Playhouse and Young Company, and led the OTP's Summer Performing Arts Camp for four years. Kate has even had a chance to make a few dreams come true, including hosting live "Sing-a-Long" events at the State Theatre, narrating stories with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and serving as the official "Word Pronouncer" for the Traverse City County and Regional Spelling Bees. 

Kate brings a lifetime love of classical music to IPR, and is thrilled by discoveries of beautiful pieces, new and old, to share with you.

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Giddyup, cowgirls and cowboys! It’s the fifth and final week of the Kids Commute Summer Listening Series! A great summer break isn’t complete without a great soundtrack, so your Kids Commute team has put together five special extended episodes of Kids Commute for you to enjoy. Answer the super-easy Quizlet question at the end of the episode and you’ll receive one of our all-new prizes!

This week’s episode digs deep into Rodeo by American composer Aaron Copland. We’ll teach you about the proper pronunciation of the title in addition to details about his life and what made Aaron Copland one of the most prominent American composers of his time. We’ll also guide you through a musical tour of his career. Rodeo is a ballet originally choreographed by the very famous Agnes de Mille, who was responsible for convincing Mr. Copland to write the orchestral score. As you listen, we’ll give examples of the cowboy songs that Mr. Copland used as inspiration for his composition and give Rodeo its characteristic old west ‘American’ feel.

Kids Commute Summer Listening Week Five
MUSIC: Rodeo
COMPOSER: Aaron Copland
CONDUCTOR/ORCHESTRA: Aaron Copland/London Philharmonic; , "Ranch House Party," Leonard Slatkin/St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Here's our final Kids Commuter Summer Listening Program! Don't forget - you have until the middle of August to complete all five weeks of the program, answer the Quizlets - and win concert tickets and an invitation to an ice cream party!

Now, get your lasso ready and let's wrangle with Rodeo, by Aaron Copland. Yee-haw!


William Tell and his son in the town square
'Healthy Living,' 1917, by C.E.A. Winslow

Hi-Yo Silver, away! It’s week four of the Kids Commute Summer Listening Series! The Kids Commute team wants to make sure you stay in touch with great music over your summer break, so for five weeks, we’re bringing you a special extended episode of Kids Commute. As is the Kids Commute custom, there’s a Quizlet at the end of the program. Answer the super-easy quizlet question and receive one of our all-new prizes!

This week we’re exploring the William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini. Of course we’ll give you all the important details about Rossini’s incredible life. We’ll talk about and listen to sound clips of some compositions that made him very wealthy and successful during his life. Because his opera William Tell is about three hours long, we’ll just focus on the Overture, which is a very exciting piece all by itself. It’s so exciting, part of it was used as the theme to very famous radio and television show, The Lone Ranger.

KIDS COMMUTE SUMMER LISTENING WEEK FOUR
MUSIC: Overture to William Tell
COMPOSER: Gioachino Rossini
CONDUCTOR/ORCHESTRA: Kevin Rhodes/Traverse Symphony Orchestra

And now, on a fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver! We bring you...The William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini.


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Violinist Martin Chalifour is the principal concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and an adjunct professor at USC Thorton School of Music, and Dr. Mak Grgic is an esteemed classical guitarist and an Artist Diploma student at USC Thorton School of Music. They will be performing tonight at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Chalifour and Grgic visited Studio A to perform works of Bartok, Kreisler and Piazzolla.

Martin Chalifour and Mak Grgic will perform at their duo recital tonight at 8pm in Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Click here for more information.


Beethoven's music is performed this week by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Hey Kids Commuters! Summer is heating up and so is week three of IPR’s Kids Commute Summer Listening Program! Each week for five weeks, we’re bringing you a special extended episode of Kids Commute. As always, there’s a Quizlet at the end of the program. Answer the question and receive our week three prize!

This week’s selection is one of the most famous classical pieces of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Symphonies are pretty long compositions (this one lasts between 30 and 40 minutes, depending on the conductor), so in this episode we focus on the first movement, Allegro con brio, which means “fast, and with spirit”. Listen as we walk through some of Beethoven’s life, and highlight a few of his earlier compositions. We teach you what a motif is, and we point out several times where good ol’ Ludwig uses a simple motif to build a tremendous work of art that continues to inspire musicians to this very day.

KIDS COMMUTE SUMMER LISTENING - WEEK 3
MUSIC: Symphony No. 5, first movement, Allegro con brio
COMPOSER: Ludwig van Beethoven
CONDUCTOR/ORCHESTRA: Sir Georg Solti/Chicago Symphony Orchestra

A great example of Beethoven’s brilliance as a composer is that he is able to create so many musical ideas out of only four notes!

And now, fast, and with spirit, just as Beethoven directed, we’ll bring you this week’s episode:


Erich Kunzel conducts the Cincinnati Pops in this week's music, "The 1812 Overture," by Tchaikovsky. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Hope you’re having a great summer vacation, Kids Commuters! It’s Week Two of IPR’s Kids Commute Summer Listening Program! Each week for five weeks, we’ll bring you a special extended episode of Kids Commute. As always, there’s a Quizlet at the end of the program. Answer the question and receive our Week Three prize!

This week, we focus on the 1812 Overture, one of Tchaikovsky’s best known compositions. You might recognize it as, “the one with the cannons that goes BOOM!”

Be sure to read our whole post for 1812 - we've got lots of informative goodies for you after the jump!

Don't forget to answer our Quizlet to receive your Week Two listening prize!

Kids Commute Summer Listening Week Two
MUSIC: 1812 Overture
COMPOSER: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
CONDUCTOR/ORCHESTRA: Erich Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops

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Each summer, Interlochen holds a series of Institutes that provide intensive training to talented young musicians. Interlochen Instructor of Piano Michael Coonrod brought Josephine Chou and Ami Katijima to perform and chat with Kate Botello in Studio A.

Josephine presented the second half of J.S. Bach's Toccata in D major, followed by Ami's performance of Chopin's, "Heroic" Polonaise in A flat major.

This performance in Studio A was engineered by Brock Morman.

Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic, performing, THE YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA.
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Happy Summer, Kids Commuters! Welcome to Week One of IPR’s Kids Commute Summer Listening Program! Each week for five weeks, we’ll bring you a special extended episode of Kids Commute to enjoy. Don’t forget to answer the Quizlet at the end of the program!

Happy summer, Kids Commuters! The Interlochen Public Radio Kids Commute Summer Listening Program starts June 18!

Here's how it works: each week, we'll post a special, extended Kids Commute episode on some of classical music's greatest hits here on our website. The posts can also be found on our free Kids Commute app - just search, "Interlochen Public Radio," in the App Store or on Google Play.

Interlochen's College of Creative Arts is nearing the end of this week's Early Music Workshop. This will be the final year of the Workshop for Program Director Mark Cudek, Chair of the Early Music department at the Peabody Institute and founding member of The Baltimore Consort. He'll be handing over the reins to Sarah Huebsch, a period oboist and performance practice specialist. Sarah writes for WFIU Public Radio's Harmonia Early Music (heard on Sunday nights on Classical IPR), and is Director of Outreach of Forgotten Clefs, Renaissance Band.

The Early Music Workshop participants will present a concert in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall on the ICA campus on Saturday, June 9, at 11:00 a.m.

Mark and Sarah stopped by Studio A to chat with Classical IPR's Kate Botello about the program, performed works for cittern and recorder (featuring some bonus Baroque guitar!).


Happy Friday, Kids Commuters - and happy summer!!! This is the last daily broadcast of Kids Commute for this school year! Don't worry, though - we'll be launching our Summer Listening Program on June 18, with music, Quizlets and prizes - ending with an ice cream party! Watch this space for updates!

Thanks so much for spending your school year with us - and now it's time to get excited for summer! This week we've been hearing music all about this sunny season. Today, though, we're doing something a little different. Today, we're hearing music that expresses the happiness of summer - and the end of school! 

We'll listen to German composer Ludwig van Beethoven's iconic, "Ode to Joy," from his Ninth Symphony. It's an ode to the wonderful feeling of joy itself, and to brotherly love.

Big love to all of you, and to all the music teachers out there! 

HAPPY SUMMER!!!

Friday, May 25, 2018 (Ep. 164)
NINTH SYMPHONY: Ode to Joy
Ludwig van Beethoven

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Welcome to Day Four of SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

It's the last week of regular Kids Commute broadcasts for the school year - but never fear! We'll have more Kids Commute for you with our Summer Listening Program, which starts Monday, June 18th. Watch this space for updates on how you can participate!

To help get you inspired for what we hope is a fabulous summer, we're listening to summer-themed music this week.

Today, we're finishing up with Vivaldi's, "Summer," from THE FOUR SEASONS. The thunderstorm has arrived - and it's a doozy!

Thursday, May 24, 2018 (Ep. 163)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Summer (3rd movement - Presto)
Antonio Vivaldi

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Welcome to Day Three of SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This is the last week of regular Kids Commute broadcasts for the school year - watch this space for information about our Summer Listening Program, launching June 18th.

To help get you inspired for summer - we've got lots of great summer music for you this week!

Today, we continue with Antonio Vivaldi's, "Summer," from his 1725 series of concertos, THE FOUR SEASONS. We'll hear his rendition of the last muggy, buggy moments before a summer storm.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (Ep. 162)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Summer (2nd movement - Adagio)
Antonio Vivaldi

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Welcome to Day Two of SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

It's the last week of regular Kids Commute broadcasts for this school year - but watch this space for information about our Summer Listening Program, launching Monday, June 18th! 

It's SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - we're going to play you some music to get you inspired for the season!

Today, we'll listen to music Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi. In the year 1725, he wrote a set of sonnets (poems) about the seasons, and then wrote music to go with them.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (Ep. 161)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Summer (1st movement, Allegro)
Antonio Vivaldi

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Astor Piazzolla (left, as the paperboy), starred in small part in a 1935 movie featuring his idol, tango legend Carlos Gardel.
Movie still, El Día que me Quieras, 1935

Happy Monday! Welcome to the final week of IPR's Kids Commute for this school year!

It's SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - we're going to play you some music to get you inspired for the season!

Today, we'll hear some, "upside-down," summer music as we spend the warm days and nights with the people of Buenos Aires in music by Astor Piazzolla.

Monday, May 21, 2018 (Ep. 160)
Estaciones Porteñas - Verano Porteño (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires - Summer)
Astor Piazzolla

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Happy Friday! Welcome to the last day of JINGLE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to music you might have heard featured in a commercial - but only in a tiny snippet. What was that music you heard, and what does the rest of it sound like? Let's find out!

Today, we're hearing music by composer Simon Jeffes, and the delightfully quirky Penguin Cafe Orchestra. The piece is called, "Perpetuum Mobile," which means, "Perpetual Motion" (always moving). This is music that makes variations (changes) on a repetitive pattern. You'll hear this piece in a lot of places - in this instance, it was used in an advertisement for technology.

Friday, May 18, 2018 (Ep. 159)
Perpetuum Mobile
Simon Jeffes/Penguin Cafe Orchestra

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Welcome to Day Four of JINGLE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to music you might have heard featured in a commercial - but only in a tiny snippet. What was that music you heard, and what does the rest of it sound like? Let's find out!

Today, we'll hear music by a German composer who wrote a lot of his most famous work while he was living in England - George Frideric Handel. Handel wrote the celebratory anthem, "Zadok the Priest," with words that had been used for coronations in England for a very long time. Today, we'll hear it used in an advertisement for wireless services.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 (Ep. 158)
Zadok the Priest
George Frideric Handel

 

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Welcome to Day Three of JINGLE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to music you might have heard featured in a commercial - but only in a tiny snippet. What was that music you heard, and what does the rest of it sound like? Let's find out!

Today, we'll hear music by French composer Leo Delibes featured (in a remixed, techno style) in a series of commercials for an airline. Super cool thing about this - apparently, it was this ad that inspired South African soprano Pretty Yende to go into the opera world!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (Ep. 157)
Lakme; "Flower Duet"
Leo Delibes

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Today, we'll hear music featured in a commercial for a GPS system - "In a Persian Market," by Albert Ketelbey. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Ken Ohyama

Welcome to Day Two of JINGLE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to music you might have heard featured in a commercial - but only in a tiny snippet. What was that music you heard, and what does the rest of it sound like? Let's find out!

Today, we're hearing music that was featured in a GPS commercial, with a really catchy whistling flute. That tune is, "In a Persian Market," by English composer Albert Ketelbey.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (Ep. 156)
In a Persian Market
Albert Ketelbey

 

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Happy Monday! Welcome to a whole new week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to music you might have heard featured in a commercial - but only in a tiny snippet. What was that music you heard, and what does the rest of it sound like? Let's find out!

Today, we'll hear a great piece of music by composer Karl Jenkins that was used to sell diamonds.

Monday, May 14, 2018 (Ep. 155)
Palladio (1st Movement)
Karl Jenkins

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Judy Rumelhart, Associate Producer of the original Broadway run of Sondheim's, SWEENEY TODD.
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Interlochen Arts Academy's production of SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET opens this weekend.

Judy Rumelhart, an Associate Producer of the Sondheim classic's original Broadway run, will be watching the production with great love. Judy joined IPR's Kate Botello in the studio to discuss her memories of the first SWEENEY TODD - and selected a few of her favorites to share with us!

Judy selected the following pieces: 

  • Prologue/The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
  • The Worst Pies in London
  • Pretty Women
  • Not While I'm Around


Happy Friday! Welcome to the last day of HAYDN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we've been listening to the music of one of the most beloved composers of all time - Franz Josef Haydn!

Today, we'll hear Haydn's cheeky (but diplomatic) way to ask his boss, Esterhazy, if he and the orchestra could pretty-please go home for summer vacation.

Friday, May 11, 2018 (Ep. 154)
Symphony No. 45, 4th Movement (Farewell)
Franz Josef Haydn

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Haydn's, "The Miracle," Symphony No. 96. Watch out for falling chandeliers!
Kroonluchteresnoga Amsterdam

Welcome to Day Four of HAYDN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to the music of beloved 18th Century German composer, Franz Josef Haydn.

Today, we'll hear about how Haydn's, "rock star," status saved lives at a concert!

Thursday, May 10, 2018 (Ep. 153)
Symphony No. 96, 4th Movement (The Miracle)
Franz Josef Haydn

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Today, Hadyn's string quartet, "The Joke!" Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Cherie J Photography

Welcome to Day Three of HAYDN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week we're listening to music by one of the most popular composers of the 18th Century - Franz Josef Haydn (or, "Papa Haydn," to his friends and fans).

Today, we'll get another slice of Haydn's sense of humor with a string quartet that seems like it will never end.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (Ep. 152)
String Quartet, Opus 33, 4th Movement (The Joke)
Franz Josef Haydn

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Welcome to Day Two of HAYDN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to the work of Franz Josef Haydn, known as, "Papa," to his admirers.

Today, we'll hear the Fourth Movement from Haydn's Symphony No. 82, known as, "The Bear," because it sounds like the music that used to play for dancing bears in the street. (There were dancing bears in the streets!!!)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (Ep. 151)
Symphony No. 82, The Bear, 4th Movement
Franz Josef Haydn

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Haydn Week! Monday - "Surprise!" Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Westsara

Happy Monday, and welcome to a whole new week on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're enjoying the work of Franz Josef Haydn - or, as he was known to his friends, "Papa" Haydn!

Today, we'll start with one of the most famous musical jokes ever - surprise!

Monday, May 7, 2018 (Ep. 150)
Symphony No. 94, Andante (Surprise)
Franz Josef Haydn

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