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.

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Welcome back to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. The Kids Commute Team hopes you had a good Monday and that you’re ready to have a fantastic Tuesday! Yesterday, we introduced our new theme, “Dolly Week” based on a six movement suite of music composed between 1893 and 1896 by French composer Gabriel Fauré.

In Monday’s show, we listened to the first movement of the suite. Today, we highlight the second movement, "Mi-a-ou." It sounds like it was written for a cat, but it wasn’t a cat at all. Curious? Listen to today’s show and get the answer to the question, "what (or who) is Mi-a-ou"?

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"Dolly" - Op. 56, No. 2 - “Mi-a-ou”
Gabriel Fauré
Performers: Sally Pinkas and Evan Hirsch, four-hand piano

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Welcome to a fresh week of music on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. As you know, a new week means a new theme, and a new Quizlet! This week we’re listening to a suite of music composed by French composer, Gabriel Fauré, born in 1845.

The “Dolly” Suite, was written for four-hand piano (also known as a duet), and is made up of six short pieces. In today’s episode, we’ll get some background information on the Dolly that Fauré was writing about, and hear music written for Dolly’s first birthday. Plus, we’ll introduce this week’s Quizlet. Do you think you can get the answer without any hints? If you text us the correct answer, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right away, you can keep trying!

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"Dolly" - Opus 56. No. 1 "Berceuse"
Gabriel Fauré
Sally Pinkas and Evan Hirsch, four-hand piano

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Happy Friday! We’ve been bugging you all week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. Spiders, ants, butterflies, mantises, and mayflies all have gotten in on the action during “The Spider’s Feast”- a ballet composed by Albert Roussel in 1912.

How will this bug drama end? So far, the spider has triumphantly captured a butterfly and picked a fight with mantises over fruit worms. Will the spider continue to feast on every bug that’s unlucky enough to get stuck in its web? Will the mantises continue to try to steal its feast? Will they all get squished by the gardener? We’re not going to give away the answer, but we will give you the answer to this week’s Quizlet after the music.

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"The Spider's Feast"
Albert Roussel
Rotislav Dubinsky/BBC Philharmonic

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Spider Snack Week continues on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! It’s been a fun week as we shrink down to bug size and witness the adventures of a spider trying to snag a tasty snack. This week we listen to “The Spider’s Feast” -  a ballet by French composer Albert Roussel.

Our story so far has taken us from the spider building its web, a poor butterfly getting stuck, and a battle between our spider and some mantises fighting over fruit worms. Today, we’ll listen to music for mayflies. Mayflies have an incredibly short life - usually a day or less! Today’s music is the soundtrack to a mayfly hatching and having a little dance before meeting its fate.

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"The Spider's Feast"
Albert Roussel
Rotislav Dubinsky/BBC Philharmonic

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Happy Websday, oops - WEDNESDAY! from the Kids Commute team at Interlochen Public Radio! It’s the middle of Spider Snack Week as we listen to music from French composer Albert Roussel’s ballet, “The Spider’s Feast.”

So far, we’ve heard music to accompany the spider building its web and catching its first meal. In today’s show, we shrink ourselves down to bug size to observe some major bug drama. An apple has crashed to the ground, bringing fruit worms with it. Those fruit worms sure look tasty to the spider, but they also look tasty to the spider’s rival - praying mantises who think those fruit worms look really tasty too! How would you feel if somebody tried to steal your lunch? You’d probably be pretty upset, and so is our spider who fights for its right to a decent lunch. The ants from Monday’s show circle around the mantises and the spider and cheer on the action!

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"The Spider's Feast"
Albert Roussel
Rotislav Dubinsky/BBC Philharmonic

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KC 271 - "The Spider's Feast" Part Two! Today, a butterfly gets caught in the web. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Appu Shaji, 2008

Welcome back to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! This week, we’re listening to highlights from Albert Roussel’s ballet, “The Spider’s Feast”, written in 1912. Listen to the story develop and after the music, you’ll get a hint at the answer to this week’s Quizlet.

In yesterday’s show, we heard the music that accompanies our garden spider as it builds its web to catch a tasty meal. Today’s show is bad news for butterflies, or rather, one butterfly in particular. Our spider’s web has worked! Listen to the music of a butterfly gracefully flying, then struggling as it realizes it’s stuck in the web.

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"The Spider's Feast"
Albert Roussel
Rotislav Dubsinsky

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Happy Monday, Kids Commuters! It’s a whole new week and a whole new theme for Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. We’re really going to “bug” you this week because this week’s theme is Spider Snack Week! We’ll be listening to highlights from a creepy crawly ballet composed by French composer Albert Roussel titled, “Le Festin de l'araignée”, or “The Spider’s Feast”.

Roussel shrinks us down to bug size so we can watch a day in the life of a spider in a garden, spinning its web, waiting for something tasty to climb into its web. Unfortunately, we won’t have time to hear the entire ballet, but lucky for you, the Kids Commute team has chosen the best parts for you to digest. In today’s show, we’ll hear music that illustrates the spider spinning its web and watching some ants dragging a rose petal. And we wouldn’t dream of forgetting to give you a new quizlet - text us the correct answer and we’ll send you a Kids Commute prize pack!

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The Spider's Feast
Albert Roussel
Rotislav Dubinsky/BBC Philharmonic

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It’s Friday - high five to all the Kids Commuters for making it through your first week back to school after the winter break. We hope that it helped to listen to some great music during Alexandre Desplat Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.

If you've been listening all week, hopefully you've noticed that Desplat has a special talent for writing music in all kinds of flavors! We've heard tension ("The Queen"), silly animal antics ("The Fantastic Mr. Fox") and even music for math ("The Imitation Game")!

Today, we'll see what happens when our friend Desplat tries his hand at gentle, romantic music. We're listening to a really pretty piece of music from the 2018 film “The Shape of Water” directed by Guillermo del Toro. The music from this film earned Desplat his second Academy Award for “Best Original Score." In this film, a lonely lady makes friends with a mysterious sea creature.

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"Overflow of Love"
"The Shape of Water" (2017)
Alexandre Desplat

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It’s Thursday - Day Four of Alexandre Desplat Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. All week long we’ve highlighted selections from some of Desplat’s most famous film scores. So far, three of our selections were from scores that earned Mr. Desplat Oscar Nominations.

In today’s show, we talk about how incredibly hard working Desplat is in term of the number of movie and television scores he’s written. We also find out Desplat’s strategy for winning an Oscar for Best Original Score: get nominated twice in the same year. Wow! The Kids Commute team is impressed with that accomplishment. Hear what all the hype is about as we listen to “The New Lobby Boy” from the 2014 film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” directed by Wes Anderson. Make sure to stick around after the music to get the last clue to the answer for this week’s Quizlet.

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"The New Lobby Boy"
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" (2014)
Alexandre Desplat

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Happy Wednesday, Kids Commuters! Hope you’re having a great time listening to music from award winning film composer Alexandre Desplat on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. We’re almost halfway through our weeklong adventure through Desplat’s most famous film scores. So far we’ve heard music from “The Queen,” and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox." Both of these films scores were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Original Score.

In today’s show, you’ll find out just how many films Alexandre Desplat has written music for, and we’ll also hear music he wrote for the 2014 movie, “The Imitation Game” directed by Morten Tyldum. All of that plus another hint to this week’s Quizlet. Text us the correct answer and we’ll ship you a Kids Commute prize pack. Good luck!

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"The Imitation Game (Main Titles)"
"The Imitation Game" (2014)
Alexandre Desplat

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Hey there Kids Commuters! It’s great to have you with us for Tuesday’s Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re enjoying the music of film composer, Alexandre Desplat. This French composer has won two Oscars and a bunch of other impressive awards.

Yesterday, we heard music for a driving queen. Today, we’ll hear a suite of music from the stop-action animation film, “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”. Don’t forget, we’ll also give you a hint to this week’s Quizlet to help you win a Kids Commute Prize Pack!

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"Mr. Fox in the Fields"/"Boggis, Bunce and Bean"/"Jimmy Squirrel and Company"
"The Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009)
Alexandre Desplat

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Welcome back to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! Everybody at IPR hopes you had a fun holiday break. The Kids Commute team wanted a fun theme to help you set your “back to school” groove, so we chose to share with you film music by Oscar award winning film composer, Alexandre Desplat.

This week we’ll hear everything from music for royalty to musical sea creatures. Today we’ll hear Desplat’s music written for a driving queen for the 2006 film “The Queen”. We’ll also introduce a brand new quizlet. Text in the right answer and you’ll win yourself a Kids Commute prize pack!

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"The Queen Drives"
"The Queen" - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Alexandre Desplat

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Kids Commute Episode 64 - Nutcracker Week - Friday! "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.

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"The Nutcracker"
"Final Waltz and 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.

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"The Nutcracker"
"Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" (Var. 2)
Peter Tchaikovsky

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Interlochen Public Radio!

We've gathered together for our own holiday tradition - the Staff Holiday Special.  It's full of heartfelt holiday choices by your IPR Team, and features genres and styles of music as varied as the people who work here!

From all of us, best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!

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  beloved holiday ballet "The Nutcracker" by Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky.

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!

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"The Nutcracker"
"A Pine Forest"
Peter Tchaikovsky

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

This week, we're following the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's famous holiday ballet.

Today, the Nutcracker gets into a big battle with the wicked Mouse King - and it's Clara to the rescue!

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"The Nutcracker"
"Battle with the Mouse King"
Peter Tchaikovsky

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

Today, we'll begin our journey into the story of Peter Tchaikovsky's famous holiday ballet. Clara and Fritz's godfather, the magician Drosselmeyer, is a mysterious fellow...but he brings terrific presents!

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"The Nutcracker"
"Entrance of Drosselmeyer and Distribution of Presents"
Peter Tchaikovsky

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Orff Week - Friday! Pictured today: a 1995 postage stamp depicting Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana."
1995 Briefmarke (German postage stamp)

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters! Welcome to the final day of Orff Week with special guest Lynne Tobin on IPR's Kids Commute!

Orff instruments are special musical instruments created just for kids by composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman in what they called "Schulwerk." You may be familiar with Orff instruments - you use a lot of them in elementary school music classrooms.

Lynne Tobin is a cellist and music teacher. She'll tell us all about the Orff method and play some of the neat music that goes with it - all of it performed by elementary-aged kids.

Today, we'll hear a delightful rendition of "The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" and Orff's popular, "Street Song."

Congrats to our winner for the Sleigh Ride contest! If you can't make it to the concert to cheer on your fellow Kids Commuter, never fear - you can listen live tonight at 7pm on Classical IPR!

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Thanks so much to our special guest this week, music teacher and cellist Lynne Tobin!
Karin Willman Copyright 2010- A la Carte Photography

Welcome to Day Four of Orff Week with special guest Lynne Tobin on IPR's Kids Commute!

Orff instruments are special musical instruments created just for kids by composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman in what they called "Schulwerk." You may be familiar with Orff instruments - you use a lot of them in elementary school music classrooms.

Lynne Tobin is a cellist and music teacher. She'll tell us all about the Orff educational style and play some of the neat music that goes with it - all of it performed by elementary-aged kids.

Important note, Kids Commuters - this Friday night, December 14th, is Interlochen's "Sounds of the Season" holiday concert. Instead of a Quizlet this week, you can enter to win the opportunity to play the clapper onstage with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band and Choir during Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride!" The prize includes your star turn and tickets for a couple of your family members to join you at the sold-out concert. Kids Commuter Gwyneth won it last year - will it be you this year? Text the word "sleigh" to 231-237-7482 to be entered in a drawing to win! We'll draw the name and notify the winner on Thursday at noon, so make sure you've got your Friday night clear!

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Welcome to Day Three of Orff Week with special guest Lynne Tobin on IPR's Kids Commute!

Orff instruments are special musical instruments created just for kids by composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman in what they called "Schulwerk." You may be familiar with Orff instruments - you use a lot of them in elementary school music classrooms.

Lynne Tobin is a cellist and music teacher. She'll tell us all about the Orff method and play some of the neat music that goes with it - all of it performed by elementary-aged kids.

Important note, Kids Commuters - this Friday night, December 14th, is Interlochen's "Sounds of the Season" holiday concert. Instead of a Quizlet this week, you can enter to win the opportunity to play the clapper onstage with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band and Choir during Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride!" The prize includes your star turn and tickets for a couple of your family members to join you at the sold-out concert. Kids Commuter Gwyneth won it last year - will it be you this year? Text the word "sleigh" to 231-237-7482 to be entered in a drawing to win! We'll draw the name and notify the winner on Thursday at noon, so make sure you've got your Friday night clear!

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Welcome to Day Two of Orff Week with special guest Lynne Tobin on IPR's Kids Commute!

Orff instruments are special musical instruments created just for kids by composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman in what they called "Schulwerk." You may be familiar with Orff instruments - you use a lot of them in elementary school music classrooms.

Lynne Tobin is a cellist and music teacher. She'll tell us all about the Orff method and play some of the neat music that goes with it - all of it performed by elementary-aged kids.

Important note, Kids Commuters - this Friday night, December 14th, is Interlochen's "Sounds of the Season" holiday concert. Instead of a Quizlet this week, you can enter to win the opportunity to play the clapper onstage with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band and Choir during Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride!" The prize includes your star turn and tickets for a couple of your family members to join you at the sold-out concert. Kids Commuter Gwyneth won it last year - will it be you this year? Text the word "sleigh" to 231-237-7482 to be entered in a drawing to win! We'll draw the name and notify the winner on Thursday at noon, so make sure you've got your Friday night clear!

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Happy Monday, Kids Commuters, and welcome to a new week of episodes!

This week, we're learning about Orff instruments - special musical instruments created just for kids by composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman in what they called "Schulwerk." You may be familiar with Orff instruments - you use a lot of them in elementary school music classrooms!

Our special guest is cellist and music teacher, Lynne Tobin. She'll tell us all about the Orff method and play some of the neat music that goes with it!

Important note, Kids Commuters - this Friday night, December 14th, is Interlochen's "Sounds of the Season" holiday concert. Instead of a Quizlet this week, you can enter to win the opportunity to play the clapper onstage with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band and Choir during Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride!" The prize includes your star turn and tickets for a couple of your family members to join you at the sold-out concert. Kids Commuter Gwyneth won it last year - will it be you this year? Text the word "sleigh" to 231-237-7482 to be entered in a drawing to win! We'll draw the name and notify the winner on Thursday at noon, so make sure you've got your Friday night clear!

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Welcome to the final day of Erik Satie Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

We hope you've enjoyed this week with the delightfully loony French composer, Erik Satie.

Today, we'll answer our Quizlet, and hear a mini "hunting" piece that Satie wrote...for a crustacean!

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"Embryon Desséchés  - Popophthalma" ("Dessicated [dried-out] Embryos")
Alexandre Tharaud, pianist

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Welcome to Day Four of Erik Satie Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to music from, and stories about, the wonderfully kooky French composer, Erik Satie.

Today, we'll hear his version of a "Kids' Menu" - music written for children to be able to play! As usual, all the pieces have interesting names.

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"Menus Propos Enfantins" ("Menus for Children")
Erik Satie
Pierre Lanieau, guitarist

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