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

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.

This week on Kids Commute - for years, people have told musicians to  give up on their music dreams and "get a job!"

Composing is certainly a worthy line of work, and some classical composers had patrons, people who would pay their way so they could create music without having to worry about money. Many more had to keep their "day jobs" - ways to make money when the composing dollars weren't rolling in.

We'll hear music from composers who had to keep a 9-t0-5 - it's Get a Job Week! We have a new Quizlet to flex your brain, too.

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?

Last week, Kevin played the didgeridoo outside the Dance building. Where is he now? Send us an e-mail with the answer to classicalipr@interlochen.org, and we'll send you a CD! Watch the video below.

Hey Kids Commuters! The Holiday Season is upon us, and you'll likely be hearing strains of Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker" anywhere you go.

This week on Kids Commute, we'll hear creative arrangements of Tchaikovsky's music - it's Novel Nutcracker Week!

We'll have a nutcracker themed Quizlet coming your way, too!

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

This week's MAYA MIX is knee-deep in Nutcracker novelties! Enjoy!

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

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

Last week, on Thanksgiving Eve, Kevin played the ocarina in the basement of Lochaven.

This week's video is below. Good luck!

Hi Kids Commuters! It's a short school week leading up to Thanksgiving, so we're having some fun together with REQUEST WEEK! You're in charge! We're hearing music chosen by you all week. 

Tune in Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m., school or no - or listen any time at the links on this page if you're sleeping in.

Listen for daily doses of gratitude from your fellow Kids Commuters, too!

Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose records a video of himself playing music somewhere on the Interlochen campus.

Where's Kevin? What instrument is he playing? E-mail your answer to classicalipr@interlochen.org, and we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin was in the Wood Shop playing the saw!

This week's video is below. Good sleuthing!

This week on Kids Commute - it's Dragon Week! We'll take to the skies with our fire-breathing friends with dragon music from several different genres.

We've got a dragon-sized Quizlet too! Congrats to our Quizlet aces so far this week:

Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose records a video of himself in a different location on the Interlochen campus.

Watch this week's video below.

Where's Kevin? What instrument is he playing?

E-mail your answer to: classicalipr@interlochen.org - we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin played a chord organ in the Dendrinos Chapel!

Here's this week's video - good luck!

Hey there Kids Commuters! This week we're listening to an encore of our award-winning BANJO WEEK with the First Gentleman of the banjo, Bela Fleck!

Bela was kind enough to step right off the tour bus and into our studio - and changed the way we think about the banjo forever.

We have a brand-new banjo Quizlet for you this week! Congrats to our Quizlet Aces:

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, it's another singalong! We'll hear some of the biggest hits from musicals that premiered on Broadway in the 21st Century. Find some new tunes to love! One of our all-time favorite musical theatre afficionados tinkered with our playlist and recommended a few songs (thanks, Anthony A.!). Even if you're at home alone, there will be lots of people singing with you. 

For snacks and drinks this round, we're having a simple feast of popcorn and hot tea as we dish about a couple of the 21st Century's biggest flops, as well!

Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose records a video of himself in a different location on the Interlochen campus.

Watch this week's video below.

Do you know where Kevin is? What instrument is he playing?

Email us your answer at classicalipr@interlochen.org - we'll send you a CD!

This week's video is below - good luck!

Hi, Kids Commuters! This week on IPR's Kids Commute, we look into the life and work of a composer with a very famous sibling. The sibling? Renowned German composer Felix Mendelssohn. The other sibling? His less-renowned, but wonderfully talented sister, Fanny.

Meet Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel this week, and take your chance at our sibling-related Quizlet this week!

Congrats to our Quizlet Aces:

Happy Halloween, Kids Commuters! It's SPOOKY WEEK!

This week, we're going on a musical mystery treasure hunt for the ancient "Dies Irae" - a Latin chant meaning "Day of Wrath" that shows up in lots of music as a hint of gloom and doom.

We'll have a spooky Quizlet, too!

Congratulations to:

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we get in the Halloween spirit with "Phantasms of a Fevered Imagination." This production of the Old Town Playhouse features classic works of spooky literature, with music by Dr. Cynthia Van Maanen.

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

"Phantasms of a Fevered Imagination" at the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City

Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose records a new video of himself in a different location.

Watch this week's video below - a special spooky edition for Halloween! Do you know where Kevin is? Send us an email at classicalipr@interlochen.org - we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin was playing the guitar at Penn Hall!

This week's video is below - good luck!

Hey Kids Commuters!

You might be noticing lots of campaign advertisements as we head toward the election. Using catchy songs and slogans - and throwing side-eye to your opponents - has been a common campaign tactic throughout history.

This week on Kids Commute, we'll hear catchy campaign songs composed for Presidential candidates from George Washington to Lyndon Johnson.

We'll have an American historical Quizlet for you too!

Congrats to our Quizlet Aces this week:

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