Kids Commute

Join Classical IPR's Kate Botello each weekday morning at about 7:40 as she picks stories and sounds from the Classical world your children will love. She wants to inspire your family with the love of Classical music.

Here's the basic idea - it's likely you're listening to Classical IPR in the car while driving your kids to school. If so, they're what we like to call the, "captive audience." Kate selects music for their education and (hopefully!) enjoyment.

On Kids Commute, we explore Classical music by different themes - Mermaids, Opera, Elephants - everything you can think of! We'll explore ballets, their stories, and the music that goes along with them ("Sleeping Beauty," and "Cinderella," for instance), along with time-honored classics like Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf."

Join us weekday mornings for the Kids Commute - no Kid or Commute required!

About the Kids Commute Quizlet:
Every week, we'll ask the kiddos a trivia question related to that week's theme. We'll give hints all week to help them figure out the answer! Send answers to the Quizlet in a text message with your name and address to (231) 237-7482. If the answer is right, we'll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack! Please note - in order to ensure there are enough Prize Packs for everybody, each kid is eligible to win once every thirty days.

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Kate loves to hear from kids. Send her feedback, or make a request.

KIDS COMMUTE - Wakanda Week! Monday

Mar 18, 2019

Welcome to a brand new week of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Wakanda Week! All week long, we’ll be listening to music Swedish composer Ludwig Goransson, wrote and selected for the soundtrack to the Marvel Comics action movie, “Black Panther.” Today, we’ll learn about the research that he did in order to make his compositions sound as authentic as possible before listening to “Wakanda Origins.” Stick around after the music and we’ll introduce an all new Kids Commute Quizlet. Will you get the answer without any hints? If you do, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.

KIDS COMMUTE - Prodigy Week! Friday

Mar 15, 2019

We’re glad you could join us for the conclusion of Prodigy Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’ve listened to debut recordings of some terrific child prodigies; people who developed adult-sized expertise at an exceptionally young age. The Kids Commute team thought it would be fun to highlight a modern child prodigy, Lucie Horsch. She was born into a family of professional musicians in the Netherlands. She began her musical studies at the age of five, and by nine years old, she was performing on television and became a national sensation. Even though she’s already recorded her first album, she continues to study recorder and piano in the Netherlands. Today, we listen to a very impressive performance of the third movement from Antonio Vivaldi’s Flute Concerto in C minor from her debut album.

KIDS COMMUTE - Prodigy Week! Thursday

Mar 14, 2019

Thanks for joining us for today’s show. All week, we’ve been enjoying performances from child prodigies who made big debuts at a young age. Today, we learn about Argentinian pianist, Martha Argerich. She began playing piano at age 5 and was performing incredibly sophisticated pieces of music only three years later, at the age of 8. The musical selection of the day is Sergei Prokofiev’s Toccata, Opus 11, recorded when Martha Argerich was 16 years old.

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Toccata, Opus 11
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Martha Argerich, piano

KIDS COMMUTE - Prodigy Week! Wednesday

Mar 13, 2019

We’re about halfway through Prodigy Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re learning about great performers who made their debut at very young ages. Today’s prodigy is American violinist, Sarah Chang. Her parents are musicians from Korea. When she was five years old, Sarah was admitted into the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. The next year, she began studying with another famous violinist, Isaac Stern, a mentor she continues to meet with. Today, we’ll hear a recording of Niccolo Paganini’s Caprice No. 1 in E major, Opus 1.

KIDS COMMUTE - Prodigy Week! Tuesday

Mar 12, 2019

Welcome back to Prodigy Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. A prodigy is a young person who performs at the level of an adult. This week, we’ve chosen five child prodigies who made a big debuts at a young age. Today, we learn about Russian pianist, Evgeny Kissin, who started playing piano by ear at the age of two! By the time he was six years old, he attended a school for gifted children, and began studying piano. When he was ten, he performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20. Today we’ll hear a recording from his debut album, recorded when he was twelve years old.

KIDS COMMUTE - Prodigy Week! Monday

Mar 11, 2019

Thanks for joining us at the start of a new week of music appreciation. This week, we’re celebrating child prodigies, musicians under the age of ten who play at the level of an adult. It’s not very common, but we’ve found some tremendously talented performers whose music we’ll enjoy all week long. We start the with Japanese violinist, Midori Goto (pronounced GO-toe). She usually is referred to by her first name, Midori. Her mother was a violinist and Midori’s first teacher. She even brought Midori to orchestra rehearsals where she would fall asleep in the front row of the auditorium.

Today we hear the conclusion of the story. Will Marie and Tonio be allowed to marry, or will the Marquise force her long lost daughter to marry a man from a more proper upbringing? We’ll find out when we hear “Quel scandale!/Salut a France”/”What a scandal! Salute to France.”  

Today’s selection is “Au secours de notre fille”/”Our daughter needs our help,” sung by a chorus of French soldiers. They want to help Marie marry Tonio, over the Marquise’s objections. She reveals Marie is really her long lost daughter, and she should marry a man more proper than a soldier from the army. 

This week we’re highlighting selections from Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “La Fille du Régiment,” or “The Daughter of the Regiment.” Today, we learn that Marie is in love with Tonio, who saved her life. The 21st regiment won’t allow Tonio to marry Marie unless he becomes a soldier. Today we hear, “Ah, mes amies,” French for “Ah, My Friends,” in which Tonio unites with the French soldiers in hopes they will give him permission to marry Marie. 

C'est bon de te revoir - it’s good to see you again! Welcome back to Daughter of the Regiment Week on Kids Commute - music appreciation for kids from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re listening to selections from Gaetano Donizetti’s opera, “La Fille du Régiment”, or “The Daughter of the Regiment”. Yesterday, we met a very fancy lady stopped by French troops in the Austrian mountains. Today, we meet the sergeant of the 21st regiment, who turns out to be surprisingly polite, to the surprise of the fancy Marquise we met yesterday. We are also introduced to Marie.

Bonjour, Kids Commuters! This week, we’re going to the opera! Our theme is “La Fille du Régiment.” That’s French for “The Daughter of the Regiment," an opera by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. 

ENCORE - KIDS COMMUTE - Pirate Week! Friday

Mar 1, 2019

Ahoy, mateys! 'Tis Friday, the last day of Pirate Week on I-P-Arrrrrr! Today, we'll hear the Overture to the comic pirate opera "Jolly Roger" by English composer Walter Leigh.

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"Jolly Roger Overture"
Composer: Sir Walter Leigh

ENCORE - KIDS COMMUTE - Pirate Week! Thursday

Feb 28, 2019

This week, we're hearing music inspired by the scurvy seadog robbers of the high seas - pirates! Today,  it's music by composer Hans Zimmer from the third installment of PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN!

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"Drink Up, Me Hearties.  Yo-ho!"
Composer: Hans Zimmer

ENCORE - KIDS COMMUTE - Pirate Week! Wednesday

Feb 27, 2019

Shiver me timbers!  It's Pirate Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  In today's show, we learn about the Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley, who was the inspiration for the composer Vincenzo Bellini.

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"The Pirate Queen"
Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini

ENCORE - KIDS COMMUTE - Pirate Week! Tuesday

Feb 26, 2019

This week, we're listening to music inspired by the scurvy robbers of the high seas! Today, we'll hear some pirates try - and fail - to be quiet and sneaky in Gilbert & Sullivan's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.

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"With Catlike Tread"
Composers:  Gilbert & Sullivan

ENCORE - KIDS COMMUTE - Pirate Week! Monday

Feb 25, 2019

Avast, me hearties, and Happy Monday! 'Tis the first day of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we're listening to music inspired by the scurvy robbers of the high seas! Today, music inspired by the Dread Pirate Anne Bonney from the 1951 movie ANNE OF THE INDIES.

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"Anne of the Indies"
Composer: Franz Waxman

KIDS COMMUTE - Venezuela Week! Friday

Feb 22, 2019

Today, we get to hear Kate Botello’s favorite song from her childhood, “El Sapo,” or “The Toad.” We’ll explore how the music imitates a croaking sound and hear a translation of the lyrics. 

After the music, we’ll give you the answer to this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet!

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"El Sapo"
Composer:  Alejandro Vargas 
Performer:  Serenata Guayanesa

KIDS COMMUTE - Venezuela Week! Thursday

Feb 21, 2019

This week on Kids Commute, we're listening to Venezuelan folk songs that made up the soundtrack of Kate Botello’s youth. Today, we get to hear a dance tune enjoyed by people who live in the Venezuelan plains. We’ll also fill you in on what the cuatro and the ukelele have in common. 


KIDS COMMUTE - Venezuela Week! Wednesday

Feb 20, 2019

This week on Kids Commute, we explore the Venezuelan folk music that your host, Kate Botello, grew up with. Today, we get to hear a song that’s been handed down through the ages about how to get the sweetest milk from your cow. We also have a special guest - Kate’s dad! He tells us about a wonderful memory he has of this beautiful song. 

KIDS COMMUTE - Venezuela Week! Tuesday

Feb 19, 2019

This week on Kids Commute, we’re listening to Venezuelan folk music, the soundtrack to Kate Botello’s upbringing. Today, we bring you a battle of two musical voices, where two singers sing against each other in a challenge. They trade lines back and forth until somebody misses. Kind of like a rap battle, except it’s folk music - and, in this case, Venezuelan. Today’s musical challenge is played on two instruments, the cuatro and the harp, to make it easier to hear each voice as it challenges the other. 

KIDS COMMUTE - Venezuela Week! Monday

Feb 18, 2019

This week, Kids Commute takes you on a musical journey to Venezuela. We’ll share music that your host, Kate Botello, grew up with. Today, it's music written for a street party celebrating Saint Peter. We’ll dig into the song’s meaning, and we get to hear advice from St. Peter’s mom on why he should be wearing a hat. 

KIDS COMMUTE - Ragtime Week! Friday

Feb 15, 2019

It’s the final day of Ragtime Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. We’ve saved the best-known ragtime composer so that we could give you a special Friday treat. Our week to date has covered compositions by Ernest Hogan, Tom Turpin, James Scott and Joseph Lamb. All of them are really big names in ragtime music, but the biggest of all is Scott Joplin, best known for his composition “The Entertainer.” He was also a pioneer for all composers, not just ragtime.

KIDS COMMUTE - Ragtime Week! Thursday

Feb 14, 2019

Thanks for listening to Ragtime Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. All week, we’re playing some of the best known compositions in ragtime music. Ragtime was a popular style of American music at the turn of the 20th century. We’ve played you some early ragtime compositions and given you great information about ragtime composers. Yesterday, we introduced you to one of the “big three” ragtime composers, James Scott. In today’s show, we listen to music composed by Joseph Lamb. Find out which famous district in New York City Mr. Lamb worked in.

Hey kids! Have you ever wanted to conduct an orchestra? You can do it this year at Winterlochen!

Join your Kids Commute team on Saturday, February 16 in Corson Auditorium for your chance to conduct the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. There are two sessions: 10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

KIDS COMMUTE - Ragtime Week! Wednesday

Feb 13, 2019

It’s great to have you with us for Kids Commute - classical music for kids from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Ragtime Week, so we’re highlighting composers from this distinctly American style of music. So far, we’ve heard music from Ernest Hogan and Tom Turpin. Today, we’ll hear music from James Scott, the first of the “big three” composers of ragtime music. We’ll tell you all about his first job in the music business and how he made friends with the biggest name in ragtime music. After the music, we’ll give you another hint for the Kids Commute Quizlet.