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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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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Nancy Stagnitta, Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, wraps up FLUTE WEEK today. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Kate Lemmon, Kate L Photography

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

This week, we've been learning from Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta. She's taught us all kinds of things about the flute - its history, members of the flute family, good ways to "greet" your instrument.

Today, Nancy demonstrates some cool noises that the flute makes - and tells us why she thinks it's a great instrument to choose when it's time to think about joining Band or Orchestra.

Friday, March 2, 2018 (Ep. 114)
Sonata for Piccolo, 1st movement
Mike Mower

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Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta, plays Gabriel Faur&eacute's, "Fantasie." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Kate Lemmon, Kate L Photography

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

This week, we're learning all about the flute from IPR Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta.

Today, Nancy tells us about some good ways to warm up with your flute - how to, "greet your instrument," and performs a gorgeous piece by French composer Gabriel Fauré.

Thursday, March 1, 2018 (Ep. 113)
Fantasie for Flute
Gabriel Fauré

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

It's FLUTE WEEK! We're learning about the flute from Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta.

Today, Nancy introduces us to the Alto Flute and other members of the flute family.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (Ep. 112)
Piece for Flute, Alto Flute and Bongos No. 1
Alec Wilder

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It's FLUTE WEEK Tuesday with IAA Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta! Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Kate Lemmon, Kate L Photography

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

This week, we're learning about the flute from Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta!

Today, Nancy talks with us about the history of the flute, and plays a fascinating (and incredibly difficult!) piece.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (Ep. 111)
Sonata Appassionata
Sigfrid Karg-Elert

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It's FLUTE WEEK on Kids Commute, starring IAA Flute Instructor Nancy Stagnitta!
Kate Lemmon, Kate L Photography

Happy Monday, and welcome to a new week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're learning about the flute from Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta!

It's FLUTE WEEK!

Today, Nancy will chat with us about her discovery of the flute and play a competition piece by French composer Gabriel Fauré.

Monday, February 26, 2018 (Ep. 110)
Morceau de Concours
Gabriel Fauré

Set design for a 1923 production of, THE FIREBIRD, by Vladimir Pleshakov. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Vladimir Pleshakov

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

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's ballet combining two Russian fairy tales - the terrible Koschei the Deathless, and the magical and benevolent Firebird.

Today, we'll hear the Finale of Stravinsky's ballet - which is, in your host Kate's opinion, some of the most joyous music ever written. Koschei the Deathless is destroyed, all the captives are freed, Prince Ivan marries a princess, and it's happily ever after!

By the way - please do click on the picture at left to expand it - it's a gorgeous set design for a 1923 production of THE FIREBIRD by Vladimir Pleshakov.

Friday, February 23, 2018 (Ep. 109)
THE FIREBIRD: Death of Koschei/End of Enchantments/General Rejoicing
Igor Stravinsky

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A costume design for one of Koschei's Guardian Monsters by Marc Chagall, 1945. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Sharon Mollerus, FLICKR

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

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's ballet combining two Russian fairy tales - the terrible Koschei the Deathless, and the magical Firebird, with wings of flame.

Today, it's The Firebird to the rescue! Prince Ivan, captured by Koschei and his terrible Guardian Monsters, calls on the Firebird for help.

Thursday, February 22, 1028 (Ep. 108)
THE FIREBIRD: Entrance of the Firebird/Infernal Dance
Igor Stravinsky

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Costume design for Prince Ivan, 1931. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Ivan Bilibin

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

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's ballet combining two Russian fairy tales - the terrible Koschei the Deathless, and the magical Firebird, with wings of flame.

Today, in Part Three - Prince Ivan is in trouble! Koschei and his Guardian Monsters discover him in the garden and are on their way to capture him!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (Ep. 107)
FIREBIRD: Guardian Monsters and Capture of Prince Ivan
Igor Stravinsky

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Valentina Blinova as The Firebird, 1936, Sydney, Australia. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
State Library New South Wales

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

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's fairy tale ballet that combines two myths: Koschei the Deathless and the mythical Firebird.

Today, in Part Two, we meet thirteen princesses who are also Koschei's captives. Prince Ivan watches them play a game with golden apples (check out the video after the jump!).

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (Ep. 106)
THE FIREBIRD: Game of the Golden Apples
Igor Stravinsky

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Tamara Karsavina as The Firebird, 1910. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Ballet Russe

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

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's fairy tale ballet that combines two myths. The first is of the terrible Koschei the Deathless, an (almost) indestructible sorcerer. The second myth is of the magical Firebird - a bird with flames for feathers!

Today, Part One, in which we join Prince Ivan and discover Koschei's Enchanted Garden and meet the Firebird herself.

Monday, February 19, 2018 (Ep. 105)
THE FIREBIRD: Introduction/Entrance to Koschei's Garden/Dance of the Firebird
Igor Stravinsky

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Mario Lanza as Pinkerton in the 1949 film, MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
MGM Studios

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters! Welcome to the last day of NEAPOLITAN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

It's Valentine's Week, so we're hearing a round of famous - and fun! - Italian love songs, performed by legendary singers.

Today, we take a ride in a cable car - a "funicular." "Funiculi, Funicula," is a piece of music you may have heard in commercials, and it's often associated with food, but it's not about food at all! Being a Neapolitan song, it's about love - or thinking about love - while riding a cable car. "Jamme!" - "Let's go!"

Friday, February 16, 2018 (Ep. 104)
Funiculi, Funicula! sung by Mario Lanza
Music by Luigi Denza, lyrics by Peppino Turco

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Luciano Pavarotti in 1999. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Dan Perry

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

It's Valentine's Week, so we're hearing a round of famous - and fun! - Italian love songs, performed by legendary singers.

Today, famed Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti asks the wind to take his song with it - to the ears of his beloved.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 (Ep. 103)
La Mia Canzone al Vento, sung by Luciano Pavarotti
Cesare Andrea Bixio

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

It's Valentine's Day, so we're hearing a round of famous - and fun! - Italian love songs, performed by legendary singers.

It's unusual for Neapolitan songs to be sung by women, but we have a very special singer today! Joan Sutherland was so beloved that her fans gave her a nickname - "La Stupenda!" (That means - "The Stupendous!" Which means so terrific you can't even believe it.)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (Ep. 102)
La Serenata, by Paolo Tosti
Joan Sutherland

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