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! (By the way - if your kiddo is a particular genius with the quizlets - each kid is only eligible to win the prize pack once a month.) 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 - Bicycle Week! Monday

Apr 29, 2019

  Welcome to a new free-wheeling week of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  It’s Bicycle Week! Kids Commute is partnering with Traverse City bicycling group, Norte, for a community bike ride followed by a Kids Commute Live concert at the Little Fleet.  Make sure you listen for more details about the event. To support this partnership, Kids Commute will be playing some great music centered around bikes. If you’re a regular Kids Commuter, you’ve heard us say that classical music isn’t too fancy or out of reach.  It’s just music! Our musical selection of the day is a great example.

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters!  All week long we’ve been listening to highlights from “Carnival of the Animals” by French composer, Camille Saint-Saens with Leonard Bernstein as our tour guide.  If you’re bummed that this is the last episode, don’t worry - this musical suite is so big, we had to cover it over two separate weeks, so there’s a second part coming up in the near future.  So far, we’ve heard a royal march for the king of the jungle, and we’ve slow-danced the can-can with tortoises, plus heard music composed for elephants, chickens, and donkeys.

  We hope you’re enjoying Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  All week long, we’re enjoying highlights from the musical suite composed by Camille Saint-Saens. This suite is so big and enjoyable, the Kids Commute team is going to break it up into two weeks, so be sure to keep listening for more zoological exploration in the near future.

Welcome back to our musical journey through the zoo in Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  This musical suite composed by Camille Saint-Saens is so big, we have to break it up into two weeks. Our guest host is Leonard Bernstein who give fantastic descriptions of each musical suite.  The musical selection of the day is “Tortoises.” “Can-can” you imagine a tortoise dancing the Can-Can? Camille Saint-Saens did! He pokes fun at the slow-moving amphibian by slowing down the music to a tortoise’s pace.

  Welcome to the second day of Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Classical IPR.  This week is the first of a two part presentation of French composer Camille Saint-Saens musical suite, “Carnival of the Animals.”  Leonard Bernstein is our guest host this week as we highlight the movements in this suite of whimsical compositions. Today is “two for Tuesday”, as we listen to “Hens and Roosters,” immediately followed by “Wild Donkeys.”  After the music we’ll give you the first hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.

  Hi Kids Commuters!  Thanks for joining us for Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Classical IPR.  “Carnival of the Animals” is a fourteen movement musical suite by French composer, Camille Saint-Saens.  Meant to be humorous and fun, “Carnival of the Animals” is a big enough suite that we’re going to present it over two separate weeks.

Kids Commute - Bernstein Week! Thursday

Apr 18, 2019

Hi Kids Commuters!  We're glad you're back for another episode of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  It's Bernstein Week, and that means we're learning about the life and career of famous American conductor and composer, Leonard Bernstein.  We've heard selections from his most famous composition, "West Side Story," and "Candide."  Yesterday, we learned what inspired him to write a song cycle with the title, "I Hate Music."   Today, we get a little more serious with the musical selection.  "The Lark" was a play written about Joan of Arc.  Leonard Bernstein was commissioned to write

Kids Commute - Bernstein Week! Wednesday

Apr 17, 2019

Welcome back to Bernstein Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  This week, we're exploring the career and compositions of American conductor Leonard Bernstein.  So far we've learned about his early career as a young conductor.  Today we discuss his ability to effortlessly connect with people, especially young people.  We'll also find out why his roommate hated music, inspiring him to write a cycle of five songs written from a young person's perspective titled, "I Hate Music."  Stick around after the music for another hint for this week's Kids Commute Quizlet.  Of course, if y

Hey Kids Commuters! Welcome to Day Two of Bernstein Week on IPR's Kids Commute! This week, we're looking at the life and career of Leonard Bernstein - beloved 20th century composer, conductor and educator.

Today, we'll hear some jolly-sounding wickedness from Bernstein's 1956 operetta "Candide" - based on the philosophical novel by the French author Voltaire. The dastardly Governor of Buenos Aires, Argentina sends Candide off on a voyage - on a leaky boat!


Hi Kids Commuters! Welcome to "Bernstein Week" on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re looking at the life and career of Leonard Bernstein, one of the most popular conductors of the 20th century. His expressive conducting style, his love for music education, and his ability to connect with people made Bernstein a household name.


Kids Commute - Carmina Burana Week! Friday

Apr 12, 2019

Happy Friday!  We’re glad you’ve come back to hear the conclusion of Carmina Burana Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  All week long, we’ve explored highlights from German composer, Carl Orff. Special guest Kevin Rhodes, conductor of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, has been giving us insights into Orff’s famous oratorio.   Today’s selection is a rousing a jolly piece that highlights the brass section of the orchestra. “Were All The World Mine,” has a prominent rhythmic motif that is similar to the later composition “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” used in the 1968 film.

Kids Commute - Carmina Burana Week! Thursday

Apr 11, 2019

Welcome back to Carmina Burana Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!  Special guest Kevin Rhodes, conductor of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, has been guiding us through highlights of German composer Carl Orff’s famous oratorio, “Carmina Burana”.  Today, we hang out in a tavern, enjoying “endless recess,” as Mr. Rhodes describes it. Enjoy the boisterous “In the Tavern,” by Carl Orff!

Happy Wednesday! Welcome to Day Three of "Carmina Burana" Week on IPR's Kids Commute. "Carmina Burana" is a oratorio (a piece for voices and orchestra) written by the German composer Carl Orff in 1935.


Display in the medieval kitchen servery at Gainsborough Old Hall
Richard Croft

Happy Tuesday! Welcome to Day Two of "Carmina Burana" Week on IPR's Kids Commute.  "Carmina Burana" is a oratorio (a piece for voices and orchestra) written by the German composer Carl Orff in 1935.


A page from the original texts used for Carmina Burana dating to around the year 1230
Bavarian State Library

Happy Monday! Welcome to a whole new week on IPR's Kids Commute. This week is going to be huge - it's "Carmina Burana" Week! "Carmina Burana" is an oratorio (a piece for chorus and orchestra) written by the German composer Carl Orff in 1935. He based the work on texts written by medieval monks and religious workers - on their days off. Some of those folks had a pretty wild imagination!

Joining us this week is Kevin Rhodes, Conductor and Music Director of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. The TSO will be performing "Carmina Burana" along with the Northwestern Michigan College and Interlochen Arts Academy Choirs this coming weekend. Tune in to find out how to win a pair of tickets!

  

Weird Al Yankovic at Radio City Music Hall 2018
https://www.flickr.com/photos/slgc/

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters!

We hope you've enjoyed celebrating April Fool's this week by becoming fools...for the polka! We've heard some fun, goofy polkas all week, and we'd still love for you to send your best (or worst!) joke to our Quizlet line!

What better way to wind up Polka Week than with America's current, beloved polka king - Weird Al Yankovic! He's been a big star since the 1970's, known for writing silly parody versions of hit radio songs. Today, though, we're hearing an original polka composition by Weird Al, written for "Pokemon 2000: The Power of Love."

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

Since Monday was April Fool's Day, we are celebrating this week by becoming fools...for the polka! We'll be listening to some fun, goofy polkas all week, and give you a chance to goof around with us at Quizlet time.

Today, we'll hear the wicked little "Devil's Polka" by Czech composer Vitezslav Novak. Listen for everything he does to make the music sound more "devilish!"

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"Devil's Polka"
Vitezslav Novak
Prague Symphony Orchestra/Vaclav Smetacek

Welcome to Day Three of Polka Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Since Monday was April Fool's Day, we are celebrating this week by becoming fools...for the polka! We'll be listening to some fun, goofy polkas all week, and give you a chance to goof around with us at Quizlet time.

Today, we'll enjoy an explosive polka by Johann Strauss II. Oh - you didn't think polkas could be explosive? Think again!

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Explosions Polka
Johann Strauss II
Vienna Philharmonic/Zubin Mehta

Happy Tuesday! Welcome to Day Two of Polka Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Since Monday was April Fool's Day, we are celebrating this week by becoming fools...for the polka! We'll be listening to some fun, goofy polkas all week, and give you a chance to goof around with us at Quizlet time.


Happy Monday! Welcome to a whole new week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

Happy April Fool's Day! We're celebrating this week by becoming fools...for the polka! We'll be listening to some fun, goofy polkas all week, and give you a chance to goof around with us at Quizlet time.

Today, we'll hear one of the most famous polkas ever - "The Beer Barrel Polka!"

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"The Beer Barrel Polka"
Jaromir Veyvoda
Frankie Yankovic and His Yanks

KIDS COMMUTE - Wakanda Week! Friday

Mar 22, 2019

We’re happy you’re joining us for the final episode of Wakanda Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. Today, we reveal the answer to this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet before listening to a beautiful, but sad selection from the soundtrack of “Black Panther,” from Marvel Comics. Swedish composer Ludwig Goransson wrote “A King’s Sunset” to underscore a scene where T’Challa brings a dying warrior to a cliff to watch the beautiful Wakandan sunset before passing away. Congratulations to all of you who got the correct answer to this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.

KIDS COMMUTE - Wakanda Week! Thursday

Mar 21, 2019

Welcome back to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. Our theme is Wakanda Week, where we present musical selections from the soundtrack of “Black Panther,” from Marvel Comics. What would an action movie be without a good battle scene? And what battle scene would be complete without exciting and illustrative music to keep us engaged in the moment? Today’s music sure does a great job! In “Killmonger vs. T’Challa,” Swedish composer Ludwig Goransson uses talking drums and the Fula flute to create musical themes to accompany the characters as they struggle to see who will become king.

KIDS COMMUTE - Wakanda Week! Wednesday

Mar 20, 2019

Thanks for joining us for Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Wakanda Week - all week we’re highlighting selections from the soundtrack of “Black Panther,” from Marvel Comics. Today we listen to “Killmonger” written by Swedish composer Ludwig Goransson. This piece showcases some creative flute technique by Amadou Ba, who plays the Fula flute. We’ll teach you what that flute is made out of and take a look at the flute techniques that make this piece of music unique. Keep listening to get another hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.

KIDS COMMUTE - Wakanda Week! Tuesday

Mar 19, 2019

We’re glad you’re back for another episode of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re learning about and listening to selections from the soundtrack of “Black Panther,” from Marvel Comics. Find out why Ludwig Goransson chose to include “Bèrèbèrè” written by Idrissa Soumaoro in the soundtrack. We’ll set the scene for you before we listen to the music. Stay with us after the music and we’ll give you a hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet. Text us the correct and answer and we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack. Thanks for listening to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.


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.

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