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 the 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!

Answer our weekly Quizlet question correctly and win a Kids Commute Prize Pack! Text your answer with your name and address to (231) 237-7482!

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

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Kids Commute - Hansel and Gretel Week!

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In 1812,the Brothers Grimm wrote many stories and fables and published them as “Grimm’s Fairy Tales”. This week on Kids Commute, we’ll hear the story of “Hansel and Gretel,” in the form of an opera by Englebert Humperdinck in 1893. We’ll share the highlights of the story and the beautiful music that helps it all come to life. Of course, we’ll remember to give you the Kids Commute Quizlet. Text us the correct answer and you’ll win yourself a Kids Commute Prize Pack. Thanks for listening to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!

Kids Commute - Pop Goes the Classical Week 2.0

Feb 21, 2020

Kids Commuters, take cover! It’s Pop Goes the Classical Week 2.0 on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. All week we’ll be hearing pop songs played on classical instruments. Back in the day, it was called a theme and variation; one composer takes another composer’s theme and makes changes to put their own twist on it. Nowadays, we call that a cover song. Regardless of what label you put on it, the Kids Commute theme thought you’d like to hear a new batch of pop music performed with a classical spin by today’s classical performers.

Kids Commute - Sleeping Beauty Week!

Feb 14, 2020

Hello Kids Commuters and welcome to Sleeping Beauty Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! This week, we’re highlighting selections from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, “Sleeping Beauty.” Many know the story from the Disney animated movie, but well before the artists at Disney made it famous to a new generation of fans, the story came to life as a popular ballet. You have an opportunity to see that ballet in real life. Come to Winterlochen - a free family-friendly festival featuring arts exploration and creative fun for children of all ages.

Kids Commute - Couples Week!

Feb 7, 2020

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amoré . . . OR it’s Couples Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! Music has brought people together since the dawn of civilization. Music has also helped people fall in love for almost as long. Valentine’s Day is soon, so the Kids Commute team decided we should celebrate couples who express their love for each other by performing together. Don’t forget to listen for the hint to this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet. If you text us the correct answer, you’ll win a Kids Commute Prize Pack!

Kids Commute - Alma Deutscher Week!

Jan 31, 2020

One of our goals is to keep you informed on what’s new in classical music, and the Kids Commute team is really excited to bring you Alma Deutscher Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! Alma is a child prodigy, who not only plays piano and violin, but has also been composing since she was four years old. We’ll tell you all about her background, her philosophies and method of composing, and introduce you to her music. As always, we’ll give you a hint to the Kids Commute Quizlet so you can win a Kids Commute Prize Pack.

Welcome to a new week on IPR's Kids Commute. This week starts out on Monday, January 20, which is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In his honor, we've put together Civil Rights Week, with history and music that celebrates his legacy.

Kids Commute - Beethoven Week!

Jan 17, 2020

This week is a big week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Beethoven Week! One of our loyal listeners, Landon, requested Beethoven Week over a year ago and his patience has finally been rewarded. Beethoven is a favorite composer for many people because he wrote so many beautiful pieces of music. He has such a broad body of work, the Kids Commute team decided to focus on his compositions that feature the piano. Beethoven lived a fascinating life, and wrote about 722 compositions over forty five years.

Kids Commute - Snow Week!

Dec 20, 2019

Brrr! It’s Snow Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! Winter is in full swing, complete with all the wintery weather so the Kids Commute team thought it would be fun to choose some great music to help you enjoy this winter wonderland. We’ll learn about the Snow Maiden from Russian folklore, hear music from two classic movies. We’ll also hear a piece by Florence Price that was almost lost forever, and music from a new contemporary composer, Elodie Jolette. Lots of great music to enjoy, whether you enjoy the snow or not!

Kids Commute - Nutcracker B-Sides Week!

Dec 12, 2019

Hi Kids Commuters - it’s Nutcracker B-Sides Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! The Nutcracker is one of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions. It’s performed in the winter because the story takes place around Christmas time. However, it’s so famous that we hear many of the “greatest hits” quite often. So the Kids Commute team thought it would be a good idea to play for you some of the music that’s not heard as frequently, but is still really good. We hope you enjoy this week’s selections.

Kids Commute - Elf Week!

Dec 6, 2019

Hi, Kids Commuters. Now is not the time to sit on a shelf. It’s ELF WEEK on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! People have been telling stories about elves for centuries, so we thought it would be fun to highlight some music inspired by elves. These creatures were first imagined in old German folklore, and since then, they’ve been useful characters in all kinds of stories. This week’s music features all kinds of elves: mystic, house elves, dancing elves, and silly elves.

Happy Holidays to Kids Commuters, kids, grown-ups and everyone in between!

Meet your IPR Kids Commute team in person on Sunday, December 8! We'll be in the lobby of Lars Hockstad Auditorium in Traverse City before and after the Traverse Symphony Orchestra's "Home for the Holidays" concert.

We'll give away Kids Commute swag, and you can record your voice to introduce our show!

Kids Commute - Food Week!

Nov 27, 2019

Gobble, gobble! Welcome to Food Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but we’ve chosen some quite delicious music to whet your appetite. We’ll hear music from the musical, “Oliver,” music about apples from the West Indies, and Vivaldi’s rarely played piece for two violins titled, “The Turkey.” Since it’s a holiday week, the Kids Commute team is feeling generous and skipping the Kids Commute Quizlet. But fear not, you can still win yourself a Kids Commute Prize Pack.

Welcome to another week of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Monday and that means a new theme for the week, and that is not an unfortunate event - even though the story starts with an unfortunate event - the death of the composer!

Kids Commute - Veterans' Week!

Nov 13, 2019

Hello Kids Commuters; it’s Veterans' Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! All week long, we’re saluting the brave men and women that have served, or are currently serving in the American forces.

We’ll be highlighting the anthems of each branch of the United States military.

Kids Commute - Jeux d'Enfants Week!

Nov 8, 2019

We’re going to have some musical fun this week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Jeux d’Enfants Week! “Jeux d’Enfants”, French for “Child Games,” is a suite of music by French composer, Georges Bizet. Bizet wrote a total of twelve short pieces with a child’s toy as the subject. Bizet uses imaginative musical ideas to create the image of each toy within our minds.

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!

Kids Commute - Villains Week!

Oct 25, 2019

Welcome back to another week of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! This week we’re taking a look at the dark side...it’s Villains Week!

All week long, we’ll be listening to music that accompanied some pretty sinister characters ranging from the ancient Mephistopheles to futuristic villain, Darth Vader.

As always, we’ll have a quizlet ready for you, and if you text us the correct answer, you’ll win a Kids Commute Prize Pack!

Kids Commute - Banjo Week with Bela Fleck!

Oct 18, 2019

The Kids Commute team is very excited because our guest host for the week is banjo superstar, Bela Fleck.

We’ll hear about how he got started playing banjo, why he plays classical music, and what inspired him to write classical music for the banjo.

Plus, Bela gives our audience some advice on how to decide which instrument may be right for you to learn. All of that, plus you’ll hear fantastic music played by Bela. And don’t forget about the Kids Commute Quizlet.

Send us the correct answer, and we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.

Kids Commute - Circus Extravaganza Week!

Oct 11, 2019

Ladies and gentlemen, kids of all ages - welcome to Circus Extravaganza Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!

Circuses have existed for thousands of years, and any big-time entertainment needs engaging music to accompany it.

All week long, we’ll listen to music written for and about circuses, clowns, and lion tamers.

Plus, we’ll let you know where we’ve hidden the answer to this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.

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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.

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.

Kids Commute Circus Extravaganza

Sep 18, 2019

FRIDAY, October 11 | 7:30 pm | Corson Auditorium

Join Kids Commute host Kate Botello and Interlochen Arts Academy students for an evening of music and family fun.  A program of circus-themed works will be performed by the Arts Academy Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Matthew Schlomer.  

Pre-show activities begin at 6:30 pm and will include concessions, stilt walkers, jugglers and magicians courtesy of Academy Theater students under the direction of Andrew McGinn and Traverse City Creative Movement.  

Kids Commute - Melody's Mostly Musical Week!

Sep 16, 2019

 We’re really excited about this week, because pianist Jenny Lin is our guest host. Jenny is an incredibly talented concert pianist who has all kinds of great accomplishments under her belt.

This week she’ll be talking about her children’s book “Melody’s Mostly Musical Day.” This is super cool because not only is it a great story with illustrations, but it has its own soundtrack, played by Jenny.

Kids Commute host Kate Botello sat down with Jenny to discuss the book and the music.

Kids Commute - Boulangerie Week!

Sep 13, 2019

With the start of the school year, the Kids Commute team thought it would be fun to introduce you to a teacher who has deeply influenced the course of music composition in the 20th century, Nadia Boulanger.

All week long we’ll hear music composed by Nadia Boulanger, and some of her most famous students, including Aaron Copland, Philip Glass and more.

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. 

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