Kids Commute

Join Classical IPR's Kate Botello each weekday morning at about 7:40 as she picks stories and sounds from the Classical world your children will love. She wants to inspire your family with the love of Classical music.

Here's the basic idea - it's likely you're listening to Classical IPR in the car while driving your kids to school. If so, they're what we like to call the, "captive audience." Kate selects music for their education and (hopefully!) enjoyment.

On the Kids Commute, we explore Classical music by different themes - Mermaids, Opera, Elephants - everything you can think of! We'll explore ballets, their stories, and the music that goes along with them ("Sleeping Beauty," and "Cinderella," for instance), along with time-honored classics like Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf."

Join us weekday mornings for the Kids Commute - no Kid or Commute required!

Answer our weekly Quizlet question correctly and win a Kids Commute Prize Pack! (By the way - if your kiddo is a particular genius with the quizlets - each kid is only eligible to win the prize pack once a month.) Text your answer with your name and address to (231) 237-7482!

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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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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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Original Japanese movie poster for, "Gojira," which we know as, "Godzilla," 1954. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Poster, 1954, Toho Company Ltd

Welcome to the last day of BAND WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we've been learning all about Band music from Interlochen Arts Academy's Band Conductor, Dr. Matthew Schlomer.

Thanks so much to Matt for spending the week with us!

Today, BAND WEEK goes out with a bang...or, should we say, a crunch! This is a crazy, silly work by American composer Eric Whitacre (known mostly for his choral work, but boy, does he have fun with a band!)

Friday, May 4th, 2018 (Ep. 149)
Godzilla Eats Las Vegas, Part One
Eric Whitacre

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

This week, we're learning all about Band from Interlochen's Band Conductor, Dr. Matthew Schlomer.

Matt's telling us about things he loves about Band this week...today we talk about different places we might hear band music - and one particularly big occasion - The Olympics!

Thursday, May 3, 2018 (Ep. 148)
Olympic Theme and Fanfare
John Williams

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

This week, we're learning all about Band music from Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Bands, Dr. Matthew Schlomer!

Today, Matt talks about the different emotions that a band can create - from sadness to laughter (emphasis on laughter!).

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 (Ep. 147)
Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion: Simply Grand Minuet
PDQ Bach (Peter Schickele)

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

This week, we're learning all about Band from Interlochen Arts Academy's Band Conductor, Dr. Matt Schlomer! He's telling us what he loves about Band. Today, it's teamwork!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (Ep. 146)
Sea Songs
Ralph Vaughan Williams

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An illustration of bands on barges performing for the ROYAL FIREWORKS, 1749
Illustration, 1749

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

This week we're learning all about Band music with a special guest - Interlochen Arts Academy's Instructor (and Conductor!) of Bands - Dr. Matt Schlomer!

Today, we'll hear music by an early band that ended up causing a fire!

Monday, April 30, 2018 (Ep. 145)
MUSIC FOR THE ROYAL FIREWORKS: La Rejouissance (Rejoicing)
George Fridrich Handel

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LA BATTALIA: A wounded cavalry soldier. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Painting, by Alexsandr Averyanov.

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

All week, we've been listening to German Baroque composer Heinrich Biber's LA BATTALIA, a compassionate - and sometimes funny - musical interpretation of war and the soldiers who fight.

Today, we'll hear the battle...and its aftermath.

Friday, April 27 2018 (Ep. 144)
LA BATTALIA: The Battle, Lament of the Wounded
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

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A soldier takes a moment for this thoughts. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Painting, by Etienne Prosper Berne Bellecour

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

This week, we're listening to German composer Heinrich Biber's sensitive look at war, and the soldiers who fight it.

Today, right before battle, the soldiers take a moment for their own private thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 (Ep. 143)
LA BATTALIA: Aria
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

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

This week, we're listening to German composer Heinrich Biber's 1673 compassionate musical representation of a battle. We say, "compassionate," because Biber musically describes the hearts and minds of the soldiers as they prepare for war.

Today's music is no exception - we follow the soldiers' feet with a fuzzy bass (a sound created by weaving paper through the strings) and their hearts with the violin.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (Ep. 142)
LA BATTALIA: The March
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

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BATTALIA WEEK! Soldiers at a campfire
C. Tucker Beckett, 1916

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

This week, we're listening to Heinrich Biber's  compassionate (and sometimes funny) musical interpretation of a battle.

Today, we'll hear two short pieces. The first, "The Profligate Society of Common Humor," features a bunch of nationalistic songs crashing into each other, followed by the, "Presto," with excited soldiers checking their pocket watches,  waiting for the battle to start.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (Ep. 141)
LA BATTALIA: The Profligate Society of Common Humor/Presto
Heinrich Biber

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This week's composer, Heinrich Biber (1644-1704)
Engraving by Paulus Seel, 1681

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

This week, we're hearing a groundbreaking piece by German Baroque composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. He created a musical representation of a battle from start to finish, and even invented new techniques for musicians to use to create the sounds he was looking for.

Today, we'll hear the introduction/first movement of LA BATTALIA. It sets up the piece, and includes the sound of soldiers marching to the battlefield.

Monday, April 23, 2018 (Ep. 140)
LA BATTALIA: Sonata
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

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Happy Friday! Welcome to the last day of WOMEN COMPOSERS WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're celebrating the work of living composers.

Today, we'll hear a recent work from a living - and very busy! - composer, who does a lot of work in film: Rachel Portman.

Friday, April 20, 2018 (Ep. 139)
A DOG'S PURPOSE: Bailey
Rachel Portman

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

This week we're celebrating the work of women composers - many of whom worked at a time when, "composer," was a job title only available to men.

Today, we'll hear a work by Clara Schumann!

Thursday, April 19, 2018 (Ep. 138)
Piano Trio in G minor: Scherzo (Movement II)
Clara Schumann

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

This week, the ladies take the lead as we celebrate the work of women composers.

Today, we'll meet Fanny Mendelssohn - a German composer with a famous brother (Felix), who sometimes put his name on her work because she couldn't publish it under her own!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (Ep. 137)
Bergeslust (Joy in the Mountains)
Fanny Mendelssohn

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

This week, we're celebrating the work of women composers, many of whom lived in a time when composing music was considered a job for men.

Today, we'll hear the third movement from the Symphony in E minor by Florence Price. Keep your ears open for the slide whistle - not something you'd necessarily imagine hearing in a symphony!

Tuesday, April 17 2018 (Ep. 136)
Symphony in E minor: Movement III
Florence Price

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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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