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

Traverse City West High School is opening a production of "Fiddler on the Roof" on November 15. Director and choreographer Minda Nyquist and cast member Jack Rusinowski (Tevye) shared music and stories from the classic musical. For tickets to see "Fiddler" please click here.

Hear the full interview and music below.

Pieces included:

Traverse City Central High School is opening a production of "West Side Story" on Friday, November 8. Director Erin Peck and cast member Teddy Huff (A-Rab, Tony understudy) shared music from the iconic musical and talked about its relevance to teenagers today. For tickets, click here.

Hear the full interview with music below!

Music heard on today's program:  

It's Spooky Week on Kids Commute! Get ready for a week of weird and eerie music!
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Happy Halloween, Kids Commuters! We've got a whole week of spooky tunes coming your way - weird sounds of all shapes and sizes! Tune in to Classical IPR weekday mornings at 7:40, or listen any time at the links below.

We'll ask your our super-spooky Quizlet question on Friday!

The Interlochen Arts Academy Theatre Company will present "Matilda the Musical" Nov. 15-22 in the Harvey Theatre. Click here for ticket information.

Director Gulshirin Dubash and actor Ethan Horgan (Miss Trunchbull) dropped by IPR to share some of the music of the show, as well as the philosophy behind the creation of the upcoming IAA production.

The Northland Players will put on a production of "Once Upon a Mattress" this weekend at the Cheboygan Opera House. The classic 1959 musical, at its time a star-maker for Carol Burnett, is based on the fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea" with music by Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer.

Cast member Jim Sturgill, who plays The Jester in the show, stopped by Classical IPR to share some music from the show and talk about communities coming together as a volunteer artistic force.

Hear the interview and music by clicking below!

Music chosen for this hour includes:

Seraph Brass is an all-female brass ensemble who performs all over the world. They'll play a concert in Corson Auditorium Thursday, October 17 along with the Interlochen Arts Academy Brass Ensemble. 

The ensemble visited Studio A to talk about their upcoming concert and their goals for working with the students.

Hear Seraph Brass perform the Prelude to the Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg and the full interview below.

The Cadillac Footliters are helping to put the community in a Halloween mood with their upcoming show "The Addams Family - A New Musical" by composer Andrew Lippa.

The musical is based on the classic television show and comic strips by Charles Addams.

Melissa Kendell, who plays family matriarch Morticia Addams, and the show's Assistant Director, Jen Reagan, spent half an hour with Classical IPR to share context and music from the upcoming production.

Click below to hear the interview and music.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we'll hear a performance by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor, Michigan. 

Conductor Libor Ondras and the GLCO present Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Overture, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 (featuring Angela Kim) and Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony.

Click below to hear the concert, or tune in to Classical IPR Friday night at 8 p.m. and Sunday at noon.

MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Thursday, July 11 2019
Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor

Kids Commute - William Tell Week!

Oct 4, 2019

Hey Kids Commuters - welcome to William Tell Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. 

We’re doing something a little bit different this week. We’re listening to a big piece of music in smaller parts, On Friday, we’ll listen to the whole thing.

The William Tell Overture is one of the most recognizable overtures in classical music. A portion of it was most famously used as the introduction to the radio and television program, “The Lone Ranger.” But there’s much more to the overture than just that famous section.

Pianists Richard Gao and Wenbo Xing will perform tonight and tomorrow night as part of Interlochen Arts Academy’s interdisciplinary evening, Collage.

The two pianists visited Studio A to perform works of Chopin ("Etude in A minor Opus 25 No. 11") and Liszt ("Sounds in the Forest").

They told us a little bit about their interests outside the piano. They are both students of Michael Coonrod.

Hear the performances and interviews below.

Kids Commute - Sibling Week!

Sep 26, 2019

“MOM! Suzie won’t stop looking at me!” “DAD! Johnny is picking his nose!” Welcome back to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Sibling Week!

All week long, we’ll take a look at famous musical siblings. We have a pair of sisters, a sister and a brother, twin brothers, regular brothers, and a pair of brothers with a whole lot of sisters all contained in this very special week on Kids Commute. The Kids Commute team has found recordings by these outstanding musical artists.

Dr. Richard A. White is a classical tubist known for his clear sound and stylistic flexibility. He is an alumnus of Indiana University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Besides teaching at the University of New Mexico, he is also a motivational speaker.

Dr. White visited IPR's Studio A to perform some nifty tuba work you've probably never heard before, and talk about his favorite - and least favorite - questions that people have about the tuba.

Kids Commute - School Anthem Week!

Sep 6, 2019

Hi Kids Commuters! Welcome to a brand new season of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! The Kids Commute team is excited about all the fun things we have planned for our third season.

We have some very special guest hosts, and recordings of the Kids Commute theme played by very talented artists. This season is packed with interesting information to get you excited to learn more about music. 

Traverse City's Old Town Playhouse will soon open a production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest." The play features many delightfully oddball characters, including the staunch Victorian Lady Augusta Bracknell, portrayed in this production by Betsy Willis.

Willis came to IPR's Studio B in character as Lady Bracknell to share some of that great lady's favorite music, interspersed with some firm Victorian opinions about edifying music, a fondness for German respectability and a general suspicion of all things French.

Soprano Lauren Fleming is about to be a senior at Traverse City Central High School. For two years running, she was named one of the top soloists in the state of Michigan and performed at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.

Lauren, a musical theatre performer from a young age, stopped by Studio A to chat with IPR's Kate Botello about making the switch from theatre to opera. She performed two pieces: "Villanella" by Eva Dell'Acqua and "Ma rendi pur contento" by Vincenzo Bellini.

Hear the interview and performances below.

Terry Barber  is an internationally touring countertenor and educator. His voice appears in recordings on every major record label. He will be performing a special concert to benefit the the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts and Michigan Legacy Art Park, a couple of leading nonprofit arts organizations in Northern Michigan.

Terry Barber visited IPR’s Studio A to perform some music and talk about the special flexiblity he applies to his voice and his work. Hear the entire performance and interview below.

The Cadillac Footliters have expanded their theatre program for young people to include a new teen production, opening this weekend. The musical "Freaky Friday" is based on the beloved 1971 Mary Rodgers book, and it has been made into two (non-musical) films in 1976 and and 2003.

The show's director Julie VanHaitsma and music director Shelley Taylor spent an hour on Classical IPR talking about the show and sharing some of its appealing score. Listen to the interview and music below.

The show runs July 25-26 and August 2-3 in the Cadillac High School Auditorium. 

Fourteen-year-old violinist Ellen Zhou was recently named a winner of this year's Intermediate Concerto Competition at Interlochen Arts Camp.

On July 24, she'll perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor on a concert with the Intermediate Concert Orchestra and Intermediate Symphony Orchestra.

Tenth Intervention is a collective of musicians and a concert series that presents new music in New York City. They collaborate with composers, musicians, visual artists, choreographers, dancers and community organizations. Tenth Intervention is in Traverse City for performances with the Traverse City Dance Project and the Music House Museum this week.

Russian Renaissance is a Russian chamber ensemble working to redefine the possibilities of their traditional Russian folk instruments. Russian Renaissance is here on a tour as an internationally acclaimed chamber music group.

Angela Kim is a pianist and frequent guest soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Kim will be performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with them this Thursday.

Angela Kim visited IPR’s Studio A to perform Chopin's Nocturne Op. 62, No. 1. She talked about Beethoven, as well as her work as both soloist and collaborator. Hear the entire performance and interview below.

Erin Anderson Whiting, Executive Director of the Parallel 45 Theatre Company, dropped by to IPR studios to share music and context surrounding the revolutionary rock musical "Hair." Parallel 45 will open its production of "Hair" at the Amphitheater at Civic Center Park in Traverse City on Thursday, July 11th. The show will run through August 3. Visit parallel45.org for tickets and more information.

Erin joined IPR host Kate Botello to frame context around the show, its music and its place in 1960's American culture.  

Lawrence Brownlee performed works of Schumann and Sorey in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall in April of 2019.
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Tenor Lawrence Brownlee recently presented a recital in Interlochen's Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. Brownlee, along with collaborative pianist Myra Huang, performed "Dichterliebe" by Robert Schumann (text by Heinrich Heine) and "Cycles of My Being" by Tyshawn Sorey (text by Terrance Hayes).

Listen Friday at 8 p.m. on Classical IPR or any time below.

For the full texts and translations, see below. Click each image for a larger view.


This week on Classical IPR in Concert - we'll go to Studio A with Interlochen Arts Academy composers, poets and singers. Inspired by a collaboration between their instructors, students teamed up to create works that gave full voice to all three disciplines.

Performances in Studio A were engineered by Brock Morman, Michael Culler engineered the performances in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.


Zikuan "Harvard" Zhao is a sophomore at Interlochen Arts Academy. The pianist from Shangdong Province, China came to Studio A to perform music of Franz Liszt.

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