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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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.

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

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