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Classical Sprouts

Kate Botello makes classical music fun, funny, and interactive on Classical Sprouts, The Awesome Classical Music Podcast for Kids from Interlochen Public Radio!

Through Classical Sprouts' interactive episodes on themes like West Side Story, bagpipes and rodeos, your family will learn fascinating tales about musicians and hear inspiring samples from classical compositions throughout history.

Whether you’re in the car or making dinner, Classical Sprouts brings families together to plant the seed of classical music curiosity.

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Latest Episodes
  • Composer Amy Beach was a lot of "firsts" - the first woman to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra, one of the first composers to train exclusively in the United States and more.
  • It's chord progression appears in countless pop songs, it's played at tons of weddings and repeats the same 8 notes over and over again… what is it? It’s Pachelbel’s Canon! We’ll get into what makes this piece so popular, and how to spot it in the wild this week on Classical Sprouts.
  • It was the only movement of Camille Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals" that he allowed to be performed while he was still alive. "The Swan" depicts a majestic bird gliding along the water and is now standard repertoire for cellists!
  • This sibling septet of violinists, cellists and pianists ranging in age from 14 to 27 is known around the world for their impressive musicianship.
  • Snow is melting, the air no longer feels sharp, and the sun has returned! How should we celebrate? With Antonio Vivialdi of course! We’re listening for the sounds of warmer weather in the "Spring" movement of Vivaldi’s "Four Seasons" today on "Classical Sprouts."
  • It’s in the name of countless pieces of music… but what makes a sonata, a sonata? We’re going to figure out the building blocks of a sonata using Mozart’s Sonata No. 16 in C Major this week on Classical Sprouts.
  • Spring is just around the corner, which means it's time for our newest season of Classical Sprouts - the Awesome Classical Music Podcast for Kids!
  • American rock and pop singer Linda Ronstadt sang the role of Mabel in the 1983 movie version of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta, "The Pirates of Penzance." But she wasn't known as an opera singer. Hear how she used that to her advantage in this episode of Classical Sprouts!
  • How did composer Maurice Ravel write a piece of music that lasts for 15 whole minutes and only has one rhythm and melody? What did audiences think?? Find out this week on Classical Sprouts.
  • Love! Handsome soldiers! Quack doctors! Weddings! And love potions? Learn all about this romantic opera on Classical Sprouts!