Kate Botello

Music Host and Producer

Kate comes to Northern Michigan via New York City, where she was a freelance actor, singer and playwright, appearing Off-Broadway as Judy Garland in the underground hit, Christmas with the Crawfords. She wrote and starred in several Judy Garland-themed productions, including Judy’s Christmas Garland and Judy Garland and Uninvited Company -- for which she was nominated for a Nightlife Award and won a Backstage Bistro award.

Before her time in New York, Kate was one of the founding on-air personalities for ZDTV, a national television network (later to become TechTV). There, she hosted "The Screen Savers," a live daily call-in show co-starring tech guru Leo Laporte, as well as "Extended Play," a show about videogames and the gaming industry with cohost Adam Sessler. She also puppeteered and provided the voice for Tilde, the network’s "virtual host" - work for which she won an Emmy Award.

Kate Botello has lived in Traverse City, Michigan since 2005, and is delighted by the huge amount of talent and art available to people in our area. She directed and starred in many productions for the Old Town Playhouse and Young Company, and led the OTP's Summer Performing Arts Camp for four years. Kate has even had a chance to make a few dreams come true, including hosting live "Sing-a-Long" events at the State Theatre, narrating stories with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and serving as the official "Word Pronouncer" for the Traverse City County and Regional Spelling Bees. 

Kate brings a lifetime love of classical music to IPR, and is thrilled by discoveries of beautiful pieces, new and old, to share with you.

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Tamara Karsavina as The Firebird, 1910. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Ballet Russe

Happy Monday! Welcome to FIREBIRD WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's fairy tale ballet that combines two myths. The first is of the terrible Koschei the Deathless, an (almost) indestructible sorcerer. The second myth is of the magical Firebird - a bird with flames for feathers!

Today, Part One, in which we join Prince Ivan and discover Koschei's Enchanted Garden and meet the Firebird herself.

Monday, February 19, 2018 (Ep. 105)
THE FIREBIRD: Introduction/Entrance to Koschei's Garden/Dance of the Firebird
Igor Stravinsky

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Mario Lanza as Pinkerton in the 1949 film, MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
MGM Studios

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters! Welcome to the last day of NEAPOLITAN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

It's Valentine's Week, so we're hearing a round of famous - and fun! - Italian love songs, performed by legendary singers.

Today, we take a ride in a cable car - a "funicular." "Funiculi, Funicula," is a piece of music you may have heard in commercials, and it's often associated with food, but it's not about food at all! Being a Neapolitan song, it's about love - or thinking about love - while riding a cable car. "Jamme!" - "Let's go!"

Friday, February 16, 2018 (Ep. 104)
Funiculi, Funicula! sung by Mario Lanza
Music by Luigi Denza, lyrics by Peppino Turco

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Luciano Pavarotti in 1999. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Dan Perry

Welcome to Day Four of NEAPOLITAN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

It's Valentine's Week, so we're hearing a round of famous - and fun! - Italian love songs, performed by legendary singers.

Today, famed Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti asks the wind to take his song with it - to the ears of his beloved.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 (Ep. 103)
La Mia Canzone al Vento, sung by Luciano Pavarotti
Cesare Andrea Bixio

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Welcome to Day Three of NEAPOLITAN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

It's Valentine's Day, so we're hearing a round of famous - and fun! - Italian love songs, performed by legendary singers.

It's unusual for Neapolitan songs to be sung by women, but we have a very special singer today! Joan Sutherland was so beloved that her fans gave her a nickname - "La Stupenda!" (That means - "The Stupendous!" Which means so terrific you can't even believe it.)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (Ep. 102)
La Serenata, by Paolo Tosti
Joan Sutherland

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Welcome to Day Two of NEAPOLITAN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

It's Valentine's Day this week, so we're hearing a round of famous - and fun! -  Italian love songs, performed by legendary singers. 

Today, Jose Carreras sings, "Mattinata," ("Morning,") in which he hopes you will hurry and wake up because he wants to sing to you!

Tuesday,  February 13, 2018 (Ep. 101)
Mattinata, sung by Jose Carreras
Ruggero Leoncavallo

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Jussi Bjorling. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Jan Granath

Happy Monday, Kids Commuters and welcome to the first day of NEAPOLITAN on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're celebrating Valentine's Day with some fun Italian love songs, most of which were intended to be sung as a serenade outside the window of your beloved.

Today, we'll hear a famous Swedish tenor perform one of the most famous of all - "O Sole Mio!"

Monday, February 12, 2018 (Ep. 100)
O Sole Mio
Giovanni Capurro, Eduardo di Capua and Alfredo Mazzuchi
Sung by: Jussi Bjorling

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Happy Friday! Welcome to the last day of WINTER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we've been hearing cool music inspired by this chilly season!

Today, we hear the final movement of Vivaldi's, "Winter," from THE FOUR SEASONS. Watch out on that ice...walk like a duck!

Friday, February 9, 2018 (Ep. 99)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Winter, Movement III Allegro
Antonio Vivaldi

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Be a Kid Conductor!! Join your Kids Commute Team at Winterlochen on February 17th!
PikiWiki

Hey Kids Commuters!

On Saturday, February 17th, come and join your Kids Commute team for some special events at WINTERLOCHEN, a free festival of fun at Interlochen Center for the Arts!

Here are our special Kids Commute activities:

10:00-10:20 a.m. KID CONDUCTORS, Corson Auditorium

Take your chance to be the boss of the orchestra with our KID CONDUCTOR workshop! IAA Orchestra conductor Ara Sarkissian will give YOU the opportunity to stand up front have the orchestra follow you anywhere you go! We'll have a quick conducting lesson and then set you loose in front of the orchestra, conducting music from HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE by John Williams!

Click on this post to see the rest of our activities....

Welcome to Day Four of WINTER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music inspired by this chilly season.

Today, we'll hear the second, "comfy-cozy" movement of Vivaldi's, "Winter," from THE FOUR SEASONS.

Thursday, Feb. 8 2018 (Ep. 98)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Winter - Largo
Antonio Vivaldi

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Welcome to Day Three of WINTER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to music inspired by this chilly season.

Today, we'll hear music to go with the first of Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi's three sonnets about Winter.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 (Ep. 97)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Winter (1st movement Allegro)
Antonio Vivaldi

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Welcome to Day Two of WINTER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music inspired by this chilly season.

Today, Winter is upside-down - in Buenos Aires, Argentina!

TUESDAY, FEB.  6, 2018 (EP. 96)
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires: Invierno Porteño Tango
Astor Piazzolla

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Alexander Glazunov (Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!)
Painting, by Vadim Repin

Happy Monday! Welcome to WINTER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we'll hear classical music inspired by this cold, snowy season.

Today, we'll hang out at a party at Old Man Winter's house and meet his chilly friends, in the WINTER section of THE SEASONS ballet by Russian composer Alexander Glazunov.

Monday, February 5, 2018 (Ep. 95)
THE SEASONS, Winter
Alexander Glazunov

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Happy Friday! Welcome to the last day of MUSICAL TIME MACHINE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

We've been learning about how different technologies through time helped composers to develop music over time.

Today, we arrive in the 20th Century, where we'll mambo with Leonard Bernstein!

Friday, February 2 2018 (Ep. 94)
WEST SIDE STORY: Mambo!
Leonard Bernstein

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Welcome to Day Four of MUSICAL TIME MACHINE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing how different technologies helped musicians to change music through time!

Today, we'll hear the modern piano being put to brilliant use by Romantic Polish/French composer Frederic Chopin.

Thursday, February 1, 2018 (Ep. 93)
Heroic Polonaise
Frederic Chopin

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Welcome to Day Three of MUSICAL TIME MACHINE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're taking a trip through time and learning about how different technologies affected the music created by composers.

Today, we visit the Classical era and one of its foremost composers - Franz Josef Haydn!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (Ep. 92)
Trio in E Major: Allegro (3rd movement finale)
Franz Josef Haydn

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Welcome to Day Two of MUSICAL TIME MACHINE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

We're taking a trip through time to hear how new technologies and discoveries led to new music!

Today, we'll hear some music from the Baroque period courtesy of JS Bach, the Margrave of Brandenburg AND a very brave librarian!

Tuesday January 30, 2018 (Ep. 91)
BRANDENBURG CONCERTO NO. 3 - Allegro
Johann Sebastian Bach

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Good morning, Happy Monday, and welcome to MUSICAL TIME MACHINE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're stepping into a time machine and learning about the music and music technology from different time periods!

Today, we'll hear something from the Prebaroque time period, from around the early 1400's to the early 1600's!

Monday, January 29, 2018 (Ep. 90)
TERPSICHORE DANCE SUITE: La Volta
Michael Praetorius

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Happy Friday! Welcome to the last day of FAIRY WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're hearing music inspired by our magical little fairy friends.

Today, some magic-making music with the Fairy Godmother from Cinderella - "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!"

Friday, January 26, 2018 (Ep. 89)
CINDERELLA: Where Did I Put That Thing?/Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo
Mack David, Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingstone

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Entrance of Carabosse/Entrance of the Lilac Fairy from SLEEPING BEAUTY. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Hooray for the Lilac Fairy!

Welcome to Day Four of FAIRY WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music inspired by our magical little fairy friends.

Today - let's get ready to rumble!! It's a fairy fight in Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's ballet, Sleeping Beauty! In this corner - the wicked fairy Carabosse! In this corner - the kindly Lilac Fairy!

Thursday, January 25, 2018 (Ep. 88)
SLEEPING BEAUTY: Entrance of Carabosse, Entrance of the Lilac Fairy
Peter Tchaikovsky

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Welcome to the Day Three of FAIRY WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music inspired by our magical little fairy friends.

Today, we'll meet, "The Song Fairy," (La Fée aux Chansons) a little sprite who teaches the birds their songs each spring.

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 (Ep. 87)
The Song Fairy (La Fée aux Chansons)
Gabriel Fauré

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KC Ep. 86, FAIRY WEEK! Tuesday: Puck, by Edvard Grieg. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Puck gives a love potion...

Good morning, and welcome to Day Two of FAIRY WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music inspired by our winged and mischievous little friends.

Today, we'll make some trouble and sneak around with one of William Shakespeare's famous fairies, the character Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream! Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg wrote a fun piano piece representing Puck's antics.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (Ep. 86)
Puck
Edvard Grieg

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Good morning, Happy Monday, and welcome to a whole new week in IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

It's FAIRY WEEK on Kids Commute, so this week we'll hear music inspired by our winged and mischievious little friends.

Today, we searched around for the cutest Tinkerbell music we could find!

Monday, January 22, 2018 (Ep. 85)
Tinkerbell
Unknown composer; 1940's Production Music

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KC Ep. 84 - PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Friday! The Great Gate at Kiev. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Design by Viktor Hartmann

Good morning, Happy Friday!! and welcome to the last day of PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

We'll wind up our, "listening to paintings," tour of Modest Mussorgsky's musical exhibition of the artwork of his friend Viktor Hartmann.

Today's music is some of the most famous from PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION - based on Hartmann's design for The Great Gate of Kiev.

Friday, January 19, 2018 (Ep. 84)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION - The Great Gate at Kiev
Modest Mussorgsky

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KC 83 - PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK! Thursday: Baba Yaga's Hut. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Clock design by Viktor Hartmann

Welcome to Day Four of PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're, "listening to paintings," - music by Modest Mussorgsky that goes with the artwork of his friend Viktor Hartmann.

Today, we'll hear some fantastic chase music based on stories of the Slavic Witch, Baba Yaga.

Thursday, January 18 (Ep. 83)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Baba Yaga's Hut
Modest Mussorgsky

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KC Ep. 82 - PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK: Wednesday! "Ballet of Unhatched Chicks," by Modest Mussorgsky. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Viktor Hartmann, "Unhatched Chicks."

Welcome to Day Three of PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're, "listening to paintings," - music of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky based on artwork by his friend Viktor Hartmann.

Today, some really cute music written around an equally cute costume design! (See the picture for this post.)

Wednesday, January 17. 2018 (Ep. 82)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Ballet of Unhatched Chicks
Modest Mussorgsky

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