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!

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Welcome to Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!  This suite of music composed by Camille Saint-Saens is so big, we had to break it up into two weeks.  In Carnival of the Animals week one, Leonard Bernstein was our musical guide.  Kids Commute host Kate Botello takes the reigns this week as we finish our journey through the carnival.  In today’s episode, we take a look at two short pieces within the suite, “Personages With Long Ears,” and “The Cuckoo in the Heart of the Woods.”  We highlight how Saint-Saens creates the “hee-haw” sound of a mule, and the

Kids Commute - Bicycle Week! Friday

May 3, 2019

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters!  We hope you’ve enjoyed Bicycle Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  All week long, we’ve highlighted music composed about bikes as we celebrate a partnership with Norte, a Traverse City bicycling group.  We’ve heard all kinds of great music this week; rock music arranged for an orchestra, a song about a bicycle built for two, film music, and even a polka!  Today, we’re taking to the skies as we listen to “Bicycle Chase,” written by John Williams. This music was featured during a chase scene from director Stephen Spielberg’s 1982 film, “E.T.

Kids Commute - Bicycle Week! Thursday

May 2, 2019

We’re cruising through Bicycle Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  This week, we’ve worked in tandem with Traverse City bicycling group, Norte, and we’re bringing you music composed about bicycles.  So far, we’ve heard an orchestral arrangement of Queen’s, “Bicycle Race,” the Elm City Four’s, “Daisy Bell,” and music composed to illustrate fictional character Pee-Wee Herman’s horror when he discovers his bike was stolen.  Today, we’ll listen to “Velocipede Polka,” written by Josef Strauss.

Kids Commute - Bicycle Week! Wednesday

May 1, 2019

Thanks for joining us for day three of Bicycle Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  We’re teaming up with Traverse City bicycling group, Norte, to bring you a community bike ride immediately followed by a Kids Commute Live concert at The Little Fleet.  Kids Commute is also supporting the event by highlighting compositions written for bicycles. Today, we listen to “Stolen Bike,” written by film composer Danny Elfman for the 1985 film, “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.”  Because of the special event this week, we’re skipping the Kids Commute Quizlet.

Kids Commute - Bicycle Week! Tuesday

Apr 30, 2019

Thanks for coming back for day two of Bicycle Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  Kids Commute and Traverse City bicycling group, Norte, are working together to bring you a community bike ride followed by a Kids Commute Live concert at The Little Fleet immediately following the ride.  Since Norte is taking care of the bike ride, Kids Commute is taking care of the music. Yesterday, we heard an orchestral version of Queen’s “Bicycle Race.” Today, we’ll hear the famous bicycling song, “Daisy Bell,”  composed by Harry Dacre.

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

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