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

This week, we're hearing music inspired by our magical little fairy friends.

Today, we'll meet, "The Song Fairy," (La Fée aux Chansons) a little sprite who teaches the birds their songs each spring.

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 (Ep. 87)
The Song Fairy (La Fée aux Chansons)
Gabriel Fauré

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KC Ep. 86, FAIRY WEEK! Tuesday: Puck, by Edvard Grieg. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Puck gives a love potion...

Good morning, and welcome to Day Two of FAIRY WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music inspired by our winged and mischievous little friends.

Today, we'll make some trouble and sneak around with one of William Shakespeare's famous fairies, the character Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream! Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg wrote a fun piano piece representing Puck's antics.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (Ep. 86)
Puck
Edvard Grieg

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

It's FAIRY WEEK on Kids Commute, so this week we'll hear music inspired by our winged and mischievious little friends.

Today, we searched around for the cutest Tinkerbell music we could find!

Monday, January 22, 2018 (Ep. 85)
Tinkerbell
Unknown composer; 1940's Production Music

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KC Ep. 84 - PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Friday! The Great Gate at Kiev. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Design by Viktor Hartmann

Good morning, Happy Friday!! and welcome to the last day of PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

We'll wind up our, "listening to paintings," tour of Modest Mussorgsky's musical exhibition of the artwork of his friend Viktor Hartmann.

Today's music is some of the most famous from PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION - based on Hartmann's design for The Great Gate of Kiev.

Friday, January 19, 2018 (Ep. 84)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION - The Great Gate at Kiev
Modest Mussorgsky

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KC 83 - PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK! Thursday: Baba Yaga's Hut. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Clock design by Viktor Hartmann

Welcome to Day Four of PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're, "listening to paintings," - music by Modest Mussorgsky that goes with the artwork of his friend Viktor Hartmann.

Today, we'll hear some fantastic chase music based on stories of the Slavic Witch, Baba Yaga.

Thursday, January 18 (Ep. 83)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Baba Yaga's Hut
Modest Mussorgsky

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KC Ep. 82 - PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK: Wednesday! "Ballet of Unhatched Chicks," by Modest Mussorgsky. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Viktor Hartmann, "Unhatched Chicks."

Welcome to Day Three of PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're, "listening to paintings," - music of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky based on artwork by his friend Viktor Hartmann.

Today, some really cute music written around an equally cute costume design! (See the picture for this post.)

Wednesday, January 17. 2018 (Ep. 82)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Ballet of Unhatched Chicks
Modest Mussorgsky

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Welcome to Day Two of PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're, "listening to paintings," in music by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky based on artwork by his friend Viktor Hartmann.

Today, we'll hear, "Children's Quarrel After Games."

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (Ep. 81)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Children's Quarrel After Games/The Garden of Tuileries

Modest Mussorgsky

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KC Ep. 80 - PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Monday! "Gnomus." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Artist Viktor Hartmann

Good morning and Happy Monday! Welcome to a brand-new week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're, "listening to paintings," as we walk through an exhibition of the art of Viktor Hartmann (pictured, left). Much of the artwork no longer exists, but this week's composer Modest Mussorgsky wrote music that keeps the artwork alive in our imaginations.

Today, we'll meet a creepy little gnome as he sneaks around making mischief!

January 15, 2018 (Ep. 80)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Gnomus
Modest Mussorgsky

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KC Ep. 79 - "Tom Thumb," from Maurice Ravel's MOTHER GOOSE SUITE. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Cover, 1888

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

All week we've been hearing four-handed fairy tale piano music written for Mimi and Jean, two young friends of French composer Maurice Ravel.

Today, we'll wind up with music for poor little Tom Thumb, lost in the woods after the birds have eaten his breadcrumb trail.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018 (Ep. 79)
MOTHER GOOSE SUITE: Tom Thumb

Maurice Ravel

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KC 78 - Mother Goose Week! Thursday: "The Fairy Garden," by Maurice Ravel. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Painting, by :Henry Meynell Rheam

Welcome to Day Four of Mother Goose Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing fairy tale-inspired music written for kids by French composer Maurice Ravel.

Today, we'll hear Part Two of Sleeping Beauty - The Fairy Garden, featuring a Prince, a kiss, and happily ever after.

Thursday, January 11. 2018 (Ep. 78)
MOTHER GOOSE SUITE: The Fairy Garden
Maurice Ravel

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KC 77 - MOTHER GOOSE WEEK! Wednesday: Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty, by Maurice Ravel. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Painting, by Maxfield Parrish, 1912

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

This week, we're listening to fairy tale music by French composer Maurice Ravel created for kids to play and enjoy!

Today, we'll creep silently through the castle where Sleeping Beauty and all her friends and family lie fast asleep.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (Ep. 77)
Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty
MOTHER GOOSE SUITE
Maurice Ravel

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Welcome to Day Two of Mother Goose Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing fairy-tale based piano music written for children by French composer Maurice Ravel.

Today, we meet Laideronnette, "Little Ugly Girl," the Empress of the Pagodas.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 (Ep. 76)
MOTHER GOOSE SUITE
Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas
Maurice Ravel

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KC 75: MOTHER GOOSE WEEK! Monday: "Conversations of Beauty and the Beast," by Maurice Ravel. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Painting, by Anne Anderson

Happy Monday, and welcome to the first day of Mother Goose Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing the MOTHER GOOSE SUITE, fairy-tale based piano music written for Mimi and Jean, a couple of French kids who were family friends of composer Maurice Ravel.

Today, we'll hear Conversations of Beauty and the Beast.

MOTHER GOOSE SUITE
Conversations of Beauty and the Beast
Maurice Ravel

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KC Ep. 74 - Winter Holiday Week! Friday: "Riu Riu Chiu." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Tapestry from the Galla Placidia Museum

Happy Friday! Welcome to the final day of Winter Holiday Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

We hope you've enjoyed this week of Winter Holiday fun from around the world. Speaking of holidays, Kids Commuters - we're taking a Winter Holiday, too! We'll be playing some kid-friendly music the week of January 2. Kids Commute will be back with all-new episodes - and Quizlets! -  on January 8.

Today, we take a trip to Spain for a, "villancico," - an ancient Spanish Christmas Carol. "Riu Riu Chiu," is a song about protecting the Lamb (in this case, both Mary and Jesus!) from the Wolf (the forces of evil).

Friday, December 22, 2017 (Ep. 74)
Riu Riu Chiu (Traditional medieval Spanish)

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KC Ep. 73 Winter Holiday Week! Thursday: "Betelehemu," by Babatunde Olantunji. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Photo edit: Calypso13

Welcome to Day Four of Winter Holiday Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're enjoying music from winter celebrations around the world. 

Today, we'll hear Christmas music that comes to America from Nigeria! 

Thursday, December 21, 2017 (Ep. 73)
Betelehemu (Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs)
Babatunde Olatunji

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Welcome to Day Three of Winter Holiday Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're celebrating Winter Holidays around the world.

Today, we'll take a trip to Scandinavia for St. Lucia's (St. Lucy's) Day!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 (Ep. 72)
Santa Lucia (traditional)

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Welcome to Day Two of Winter Holiday Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're enjoying holiday music from around the world.

Happy Hanukkah! Today, we'll hear a classic Hanukkah tune that helps explain some of the traditions of the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (Ep. 71)
Chanukah, O Chanukah (traditional)

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KC Ep. 70 - Winter Holiday Week! Monday: "Happy Joyous Hanukkah," by the Klezmatics. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Traditional Klezmer musicians

Happy Monday! Welcome to Winter Holiday Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music from Winter holidays around the world.

Happy Hanukkah! Today we're hearing music based in the Jewish klezmer tradition. "Klezmer," means, "musical instrument." Klezmer musicians usually use instruments they can carry around so they can use them for parties and festivals!

Monday, December 18, 2017 (Ep. 70)
Happy Joyous Hanukkah
The Klezmatics (by Woody Guthrie)

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Ahoy, mateys! 'Tis Friday, the last day of Pirate Week on I-P-Arrrrrr! 

All week, we've been enjoying music dedicated to the scallywags of the high seas - pirates!

Today, we'll hear the Overture to the comic pirate opera, JOLLY ROGER, by English composer Walter Leigh.

Friday, December 15, 2017 (Ep. 69)
JOLLY ROGER: Overture
Walter Leigh

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KC Ep. 68 - "Drink Up Me Hearties, Yo Ho!" from PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: AT WORLD'S END. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Max Pixel

Ahoy, mateys, and welcome to Day Four of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music inspired by the scurvy seadog robbers of the high seas - pirates!

Today, music by composer Hans Zimmer from the third installment of PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN!

Thursday, December 14, 2017 (Ep. 68)
PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN - AT WORLD'S END: Drink Up Me Hearties, Yo Ho
Hans Zimmer

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KC EP. 66 - Pirate Week! Tuesday: "With Cat-Like Tread," from THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE by Gilbert & Sullivan. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Opera Australia's PIRATES

Avast, me hearties! 'Tis Day Two of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to music inspired by the scurvy robbers of the high seas!

Today, we'll hear some pirates try - and fail - to be quiet and sneaky in Gilbert & Sullivan's, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (Ep. 66)
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE: With Cat-Like Tread
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

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KC Ep. 65 - Pirate Week - Monday! ANNE OF THE INDIES, music by Franz Waxman. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical music for kids!
Original 1951 movie poster

Avast, me hearties, and Happy Monday! 'Tis the first day of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to music inspired by the scurvy robbers of the high seas!

Today, music inspired by the Dread Pirate Anne Bonney from the 1951 movie, ANNE OF THE INDIES.

Monday, December 11, 2017 (Ep. 65)
ANNE OF THE INDIES: Main Theme
Franz Waxman

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Kids Commute Episode 64 - Nutcracker Week - Friday! THE NUTCRACKER: "Final Waltz & Apotheosis." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Marie Patinio Sanchez, Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker

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

This week, we've been following the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet, THE NUTCRACKER.

Today, everybody dances one last, big dance together, and Clara goes home.

Friday, December 8, 2017
THE NUTCRACKER: Final Waltz & Apotheosis
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Kids Commute Ep.63 - Nutcracker Week - Thursday! "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," Var. 2 from THE NUTCRACKER. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Cpl. U. B. Roberts

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

This week, we're telling the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday ballet, THE NUTCRACKER. 

Today, the citizens of the Kingdom of Sweets dance for Clara, capped off by a performance by the Queen herself - The Sugar Plum Fairy.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 (Ep. 62)
THE NUTCRACKER: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Var. 2)
Peter Tchaikovsky

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Kids Commute Ep. 62 - Nutcracker Week: Wednesday! - A Pine Forest (Peter Tchaikovsky). Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Brett Pruitt, Waltz of the Snowflakes

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

This week, we're listening to the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday ballet, THE NUTCRACKER.

Today, the Nutcracker takes Clara on a sleigh ride through a magical forest full of giant trees and dancing snowflakes...and then undergoes a transformation!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 (Episode 62)
THE NUTCRACKER: A Pine Forest
Peter Tchaikovsky

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