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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Happy Monday! Welcome to WOMEN COMPOSERS WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're letting the ladies take the helm as we listen to work by women composers.

Today, we'll hear a piano work by Amy Marcy Cheney Beach.

Monday, April 16 2017 (Ep. 135)
Fireflies
Amy Beach

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Nymphs and shepherds dance in today's music by Antonio Vivaldi.
Painting, by Camille Corot (Dance of the Nymphs)

Happy Friday! And welcome to the last day of SPRING WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to music about Springtime from composers across the world.

Today, we'll finish up with the final movement Antonio Vivaldi's, "Spring," from THE FOUR SEASONS.

Friday, April 13, 2018 (Ep. 134)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Spring (Movement III Allegro)
Antonio Vivaldi

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In today's music by Vivaldi, a goatherd takes a name under a leafy bower with his faithful dog.
Painting, by Philipp Peter Roos, from the Slovak National Gallery

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

This week, we're celebrating Spring with music written about the season by composers around the world.

Today, we continue our visit to Italy with composer Antonio Vivaldi!

Thursday, April 12, 2018 (Ep. 133)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Spring (Movement II - Largo)
Antonio Vivaldi

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

This week, we're celebrating the season with music by composers across the world.

Today (and for the rest of the week), we travel to Italy in the year 1725. Composer Antonio Vivaldi wrote a set of sonnets about the seasons, and music to go with them!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (Ep. 132)
The Four Seasons: Spring (1st movement)
Antonio Vivaldi

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The Primavera Porte&ntildeo Tango, by Astor Piazzolla
Prayitno Hadinata, FLICKR

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

This week, we're celebrating the season with composers across the world.

Today, we travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Springtime tango by composer Astor Piazzolla.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (Ep. 131)
Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Primavera Porteño 
Astor Piazzolla

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Ballet: An Illustrated History by Mary Clarke and Clement Crisp

Happy Monday! Welcome to the first day of SPRING WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're welcoming Spring with music inspired by the season from composers all over the world!

Today, we head to Russia for Alexander Glazunov's ballet, The Seasons.

Monday, April 9, 2018 (Ep. 130)
THE SEASONS: Spring
Alexander Glazunov

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Eighth Blackbird percussionist Matthew Duvall performed excerpts from John Cage's In a Landscape and Steve Reich's Clapping in Studio A at Classical IPR.

Duvall talked with IPR's Kate Botello about the significance of Reich's work, his influences, and how Reich affects what Duvall calls, "rhythmic perception."

Eighth Blackbird will perform the works of Steve Reich (Sextet and Music for 18 Musicians) with Third Coast Percussion in Corson auditorium tonight at 7:30 p.m. For more details, visit tickets.interlochen.org


Happy Friday, and welcome to the last day of 21ST CENTURY WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

All week, we've been asking, "what's new?" as we explore the work of living composers.

Today, we'll hear Stephen Hartke's, "Celebrations," from, "Meanwhile," a set of music written for puppet shows...that don't exist!

Special thanks to Eighth Blackbird percussionist Matthew Duvall for providing us with today's introduction!

Friday, April 6, 2018 (Ep. 129)
Meanwhile: Celebrations
Eighth Blackbird

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Welcome to Day Four of 21st CENTURY WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're asking, "What's new?" and celebrating music written recently, by living composers.

Today, we'll hear what happens when rock music turns into chamber music!

Thursday, April 5, 2018 (Ep. 128)
Radiohead: Paranoid Android
Sybarite5

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Eleanor Roosevelt, 1933
Library of Congress

Welcome to Day Two of 21st CENTURY WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we'll hear music written by living composers, and talk about what's new to music in each composition.

Today, we'll hear the musical meandering thoughts of Eleanor Roosevelt - First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 (Ep. 126)
In Eleanor's Words: An Anonymous Letter
Stacy Garrop

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Welcome to La Cenerentola Friday on IPR's Kids Commute! We hope you've enjoyed this week of Gioacchino Rossin's Italian opera based on the story of Cinderella.

Yesterday, the Prince and Dandini wondered when the real charming daughter of Don Magnifico would show up at the party. Well - of course she did, eventually! What would our fairy tale be without a, "happy ever after?"

Today, La Cenerentola shows her true goodness and sings, "Non piu mesta," - no more sadness!

Friday, September 22, 2017 (Ep. 14) - encore rebroadcast Friday, March 23, 2018
LA CENERENTOLA
Non Piu Mesta
Gioacchino Rossini

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Kids Commute Episode 13: Zitto, zitto! Piano, piano! Prince Ramiro and his servant and friend Dandini (also dressed as a Prince) sneak off to the garden to gossip quietly.
Painting, by Friedrich Wilhelm von Schadow, 1830

Welcome to Day Four of La Cenerentola Week on IPR's Kids Commute! Yesterday, a bunch of footment showed up to invite the daughters of Don Magnifico to a dinner party.

Today, we meet Prince Ramiro and his buddy (and servant) Dandini. They've been at dinner with Clorinda and Tisbe, and sneak off to the garden to talk about how obnoxious they are. They don't want to get caught, so they keep reminding each other - "Zitto zitto! Piano piano!" - which is Italian for, "Shhhhh."

Kids Commute Episode 13 (Thursday, September 21, 2017 - encore rebroadcast March 22, 2018) 

LA CENERENTOLA
Zitto, zitto! Piano, piano!
Gioacchino Rossini

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Welcome to Day Three of La Cenerentola Week on IPR's Kids Commute! Today, an invitation, some bossing around...and some complaining!

Ep. 12 Encore rebroadcast March 21, 2018
O Figlie Amabili/Cenerentola, vien qua!
LA CENERENTOLA
Gioacchino Rossini

 

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This week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio - let's go to the opera! Today, we continue with Part Two of Rossini's opera La Cenerentola

Yesterday, we met Angelina (otherwise known as La Cenerentola/Cinderella), singing to herself while her sisters, Clorinda and Tisbe, give her a hard time. Then.. a knock at the door! Who is it?

EPISODE 11 (Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - encore rebroadcast March 20, 1018):
Un tantin di carita (a cup of charity)

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This week on IPR's Kids Commute, we're going to the opera! Don't worry if you don't speak Italian, because that opera is composer Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola - Cinderella! You know that story! (Pssst, just in case you don't, we'll have a link for you further down in this post.)

Today, we'll meet Angelina, otherwise known as Cenerentola (Italian for Cinderella). She sings a song to comfort herself while she cleans all day long.

Encore broadcast March 19, 2018
LA CENERENTOLA: Una volta c'era un re
Gioachino Rossini

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Welcome to the final day of MARCH WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we've been learning about Great American Marches with your fellow Kids Commuter, Maya. Many thanks to Maya for coming by the studio! Didn't she do a great job?

Today, we're going to hear a march that features a special Trio section (remember, Maya called it, "the part that gets stuck in your head!") - the Interlochen school song, "Sound the Call!" (If you want to sing along - the lyrics are after the jump.)

Friday, March 16, 2018 (Ep. 124)
The Interlochen Bowl
Edwin Franko Goldman

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

This week, we're listening to Great American Marches along with your fellow Kids Commuter, Maya.

Today, we'll hear a famous march that involves...golf?

Thursday, March 15, 2018 (Ep. 123)
Colonel Bogey's March
Kenneth J. Alford (Lieutenant F.J. Ricketts)

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Meredith Wilson, composer of THE MUSIC MAN, in 1942
NBC Radio

Welcome to Day Three of March Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're learning about Great American Marches.

Today, a march about a march...sung by a very persuasive salesman - Professor Harold Hill, from Meredith Wilson's, THE MUSIC MAN.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (Ep. 122)
THE MUSIC MAN: Seventy-Six Trombones
Meredith Wilson

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Welcome to Day Two of March Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to Great American Marches with your fellow Kids Commuter, Maya!

Today, we're reviewing our knowledge of march form with Maya, and hearing a rollicking march for the circus.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (Ep. 121)
The Circus Bee
James Henry Fillmore

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Happy Monday Kids Commuters! Welcome to a whole new week on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're going to learn all about great American March music with the help of your fellow Kids Commuter, Maya!

Today, we'll learn about the structure of marches, and hear John Philip Sousa's, THE THUNDERER.

Monday, March 12, 2018
The Thunderer
John Philip Sousa

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Don't have a cow, man! It's the main theme to THE SIMPSONS! Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
LudvigVonConrad

Happy Friday, and welcome to the last day of DANNY ELFMAN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we've been enjoying the weird and wonderful world of American film composer, Danny Elfman.

Today, we'll hear Elfman's iconic theme to the TV show, THE SIMPSONS. Don't have a cow, man!

Friday, March 9, 2018 (Ep. 119)
THE SIMPSONS: Main Theme
Danny Elfman

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

This week, we're enjoying the wonderful, weird world of American film composer Danny Elfman!

Today, we'll hear Elfman's delicate side, with a lovely piece of music for an ice dance from the film, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS. (Edward's name makes him sound a lot scarier than he really is - like many fairy tales, Edward is scary on the outside and kind and gentle on the inside!)

Thursday, March 8, 2018 (Ep. 118)
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS: Ice Dance
Danny Elfman

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

This week, we're exploring the wonderful and weird world of American film composer, Danny Elfman.

Today, Elfman takes us on a dangerous trip through Loompa Land, in his score for the film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (Ep. 117)
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: Loompa Land
Danny Elfman

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

This week, we're exploring the wonderful, weird world of American film composer Danny Elfman.

Today, we're going to the ballet instead of the movies, and listening to  music Elfman wrote for a ballet called, RABBIT & ROGUE, choreographed by Twyla Tharp.

Tuesday, March 6, 2019 (Ep. 116)
RABBIT & ROGUE: Intro and Lyric
Danny Elfman

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Pee Wee's Big Adventure
movie poster, 1985

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

This week, we're celebrating the wonderful, weird world of American film composer, Danny Elfman.

Today, we're making a crazy breakfast with Pee-Wee Herman's Breakfast Machine!

Monday, March 5, 2018 (Ep. 115)
PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE: Breakfast Machine
Danny Elfman

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