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.

Ways to Connect

Kids Commute: Kanneh-Mason Week!
Album cover - Carnival of the Animals

This week on Kids Commute, we'll meet kids from a house full of music - the Kanneh-Mason family! 

All seven of the British Kanneh-Mason children are terrific musicians. The family made a big splash on the TV show "Britain's Got Talent."

They're also featured in the BBC documentary "This House is Full of Music."

The Kanneh-Masons just released an album of recordings they made together. 

Interlochen Arts Academy Chemistry Teacher - and our special guest for the week - Ms. Katie Wibby. Check out her cool chemistry tights!
Kate Botello

Hiya Kids Commuters! This week is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Math) Week on Kids Commute.

Our extra-super-special guest is Interlochen Arts Academy Chemistry Teacher, Katie Wibby! Ms. Wibby is an awesome chemistry teacher AND fashion plate - check out her cool chemistry tights in the picture above!

She'll fill us in on some nifty facts about the periodic table of elements, and we'll hear music to go along with it.

We'll also have a tough scientific Quizlet, with Ms. Wibby providing our clues.

IAA Jazz Ensemble and Combos, October and November 2020
Interlochen Center for the Arts

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we present music from two concerts of the Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos held in the fall of 2020.

Bill Sears leads the IAA Little Big Band, Jazz Sextet and Jazz Trio in works of Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and more.

Tune in to Classical IPR Friday night at 8pm, Sunday at noon, or listen any time below.

Music in this program:

Little Big Band

Making the Rounds with Kevin LaRose 97
Kevin LaRose

It's time once again for Making the Rounds with Kevin LaRose!

Each Thursday morning at 3:00, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose plays a musical instrument somewhere on our campus.

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing?

Last week, Kevin played the bass guitar in the lobby of IPR (which made us all laugh heartily!).

Watch this week's video, below, and make your guess!

Send it in an e-mail to ipr@interlochen.org, and if you're right, we'll send you a CD.

Hey Kids Commuters! The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison) were one of the most popular rock bands ever.

When they first appeared on the scene, teenage music-lovers went so bananas over them that their fandom became a sensation known as "Beatlemania!"

One of the reasons The Beatles were so popular is that they were incredible musicians and songwriters. This week, we'll hear classical musicians apply their styles to Beatles tunes!

We'll have a "beetle" themed Quizlet to bug you with, too.

Making the Rounds 96 - Where's Kevin?
Kevin LaRose

Each week, in the wee hours of Thursday, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose plays a musical instrument somewhere on the grounds of Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing?

Send your guess in an e-mail to ipr@interlochen.org, and if you're right, we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin played the contrabass trombone outside the Fire Barn - and his valves froze!

Psst - today is Kevin's birthday. Where's our Birthday Guy, and what instrument is he playing? Join him in his b-day serenade in the video below.

Kids Commute - Chinese New Year Week!
Photo: Stefano Borghi stefanoborghi.com

Friday, February 12 is Chinese New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year!

This week on Kids Commute, we'll hear terrific music from China and learn all about Chinese New Year traditions. 

We'll have a Chinese Zodiac Quizlet for you, too!

Tune in Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m. or listen any time at the links below.

This week's MAYA MIX (our free Spotify playlist) features all the music featured in this week's episodes, plus some bonus material for the Year of the Ox!

Making the Rounds with Kevin LaRose 95
Kevin LaRose

Each week, Interlochen's multi-talented campus safety officer, Kevin LaRose, plays a mystery instrument from somewhere on the Interlochen campus.

Where is Kevin, and what instrument is he playing?

Send us an e-mail with the answer to ipr@interlochen.org, and if you're right, we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin played the theremin in the music building with special guest Mohamed Shams from the Hartt School as (socially distanced!) collaborative pianist.

This week, Kevin chilled out with his doppelganger - and his valves froze!

This week on Kids Commute, the teenagers take over!

We'll be hearing music composed by young people between 12 and 16 years old.

Tune in Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m. or listen any time at the links below!

This week's free Spotify MAYA MIX contains all of Mozart's "Bastien un Bastienne," Clara Wieck Schumann's Piano Concerto, and the Erich Wolfgang Korngold Piano Trio!

Sailors winch in a mooring line on the bow of the destroyer USS HAYLER
CDR. Nathan Jones

Sea shanties are having a viral moment right now, and this week on Classical IPR in Concert, we'll dive in and add our own voices!

We'll learn about sea shanties from expert Lee Murdock, and hear shanties for different types of work on a ship.

Long haul shanty, short haul shanty, capstan shanty? Sea song? Whatever it takes - get 'er done!

Many thanks to Lee Murdock for his expertise! To learn more about his music and storytelling, please visit his website.

Each week, our super-talented pal Kevin LaRose, Interlochen campus safety officer, offers us a little challenge. 

In the wee hours each Wednesday, Kevin plays a mystery instrument somewhere on the Interlochen campus.

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing?

Tell us in an e-mail to classicalipr@interlochen.org.

If you're right, we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin played the Sousaphone (and tapped!) in the Phoenix Theatre.

Watch this week's video below!

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This week on IPR's Kids Commute, a special edition by request for Kids Commuter Finn - it's Harry Potter Week!

We'll hear music for each of the Hogwarts houses and find out how to get into their common rooms.

Which Hogwarts house suits you best? Let us know! We'll let you know how many of your fellow Kids Commuters are  in your chosen house at the end of the week!

The House with the most Kids Commuters in it wins The House Cup (bragging rights!).

Music is everywhere at Interlochen! Each week, multi-talented Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose visits a spot on campus and plays a musical instrument.

Where is Kevin, and what instrument is he playing? Send us the answer in an e-mail to classicalipr@interlochen.org, and if you guess right, we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin played the tornister tuba (a lil' baby tuba!) at the Melody Freeze.

Where's Kevin? Watch this week's video, below!

Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose - who plays dozens of musical instruments - offers us a challenge.

Kevin plays a mystery instrument...somewhere on the Interlochen campus.

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing?

Send the right answer in an e-mail to classicalipr@interlochen.org, and if you're right, we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin played the tenor sax at Sawmill Gate!

Where's Kevin? This week's video is posted below.

This week on Kids Commute, we'll hear Scott Joplin's (almost) lost opera, "Treemonisha!"

Follow along Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m., or listen any time at the links below. We'll have a new Quizlet for you this week, too!

Our cast this week:

Gunther Schuller conducts the Houston Grand Opera and Chorus.

ZODZETRICK: Ben Harney
MONISHA: Betty Allen
NED: Willard White
TREEMONISHA: Carmen Balthrop
LUCY: Cora Johnson
REMUS: Curtis Rayam

Thomas Wolter, Pixabay

Welcome to Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!

This week, we’re listening to music by French composer Camille Saint-Saens written in order to cheer himself up after a terrible concert tour in Germany.

Kids Commute host Kate Botello narrates the performance by the Interlochen Arts Academy orchestra conducted by Leslie Dunner. We've got a new Quizlet for you this week, too!

Tune in Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m. or listen any time at the links below.

Each week, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose hangs out somewhere on the Interlochen campus, playing one of the dozens of musical instruments in his bag of tricks.

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing? Answer correctly in an e-mail to ipr@interlochen.org, and we'll send you a prize!

Last week, Kevin played the Chinese hulusi. He says he was in, "a certain stairwell in TJ that can resonate with specific pitches at various locations."

Where's Kevin this week? Watch the video, below!

Music Spotlight 3 was originally an online concert presented by Interlochen Arts Academy music students this fall. 

On Classical IPR in Concert this week, we'll share their performances! 

The program features brass ensembles, mixed chamber and more. 

Due to COVID-19, a creative approach is necessary for artists to find ways to make music together safely - and our young artists rose to the challenge!

All our performances were in safe, socially-distanced settings.

Recordings in this broadcast were engineered by Michael Culler.

Each week, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose hangs out somewhere on campus playing a musical instrument.

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing?

Send us an e-mail to classicalipr@interlochen.org, and if you get the answer right, we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin played the chord organ in the Dendrinos Chapel & Recital Hall.

This week's video is below. Where's Kevin?

Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose plays a mystery instrument somewhere on the Interlochen campus. 

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing? Send us an e-mail with the correct answer to classicalipr@interlochen.org. If you're right, we'll send you a CD!

Last week, a twinkly-bearded Kevin played the ukulele outside the Herlitz Paint Studio.

Where's Kevin? This week's video is below!

Each week, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose plays a mystery instrument somewhere on the Interlochen Center for the Arts Campus.

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing? Send us an e-mail with the correct answer to classicalipr@interlochen.org and if you're right, we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin played the bass in the Bus Barn.

This week's video is below. Where's Kevin?

Gwyneth Walker on the dairy farm
Robert Eddy

You've heard music by renowned American composer Gwyneth Walker on Classical IPR in the past.

Walker, composer in residence for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, recently completed a new piece for members of the ensemble.

"On Christmas Eve" will be performed on Christmas Eve at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Petoskey.

"On Christmas Eve" contains settings of "Bring a Torch Jeanette, Isabella," "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow."

Hey Kids Commuters! We're in our last full week before holiday break, so we're listening to an opera - for kids - for the holidays!

Composer Engelbert Humperdinck teamed up with his sister to put together a version of "Hansel and Gretel" for their family. It went so well they expanded it into a whole opera! We'll listen to the opera this week - in English!

We have a fairy tale themed Quizlet for you, too.

Tune in Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m., or listen any time at the links below.

Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer - and multi-instrumentalist - Kevin LaRose hangs out somewhere on campus playing a musical instrument.

In this special holiday edition of Making the Rounds - where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing? Take a guess, send your answer to classicalipr@interlochen.org, and if you're right, we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin was playing the bass kazoo in Interlochen's prop storage!

Watch this week's video below. Where's Kevin?

This edition of Classical IPR in Concert is a showtune spectacular!

We revisit "Showtunes with Kate Botello: Holiday Edition" featuring Christmas-themed showtunes and an interview with the Music Director of "Elf" on Broadway, Nate Patten.

We'll hear tunes from merry to melancholy, and everywhere in between (hey, it's Musical Theatre - there's gotta be some drama!).

Tune in Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon, or listen any time at the link below.

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