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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Welcome to Day Four of DANNY ELFMAN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're enjoying the wonderful, weird world of American film composer Danny Elfman!

Today, we'll hear Elfman's delicate side, with a lovely piece of music for an ice dance from the film, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS. (Edward's name makes him sound a lot scarier than he really is - like many fairy tales, Edward is scary on the outside and kind and gentle on the inside!)

Thursday, March 8, 2018 (Ep. 118)
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS: Ice Dance
Danny Elfman

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Welcome to Day Three of DANNY ELFMAN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're exploring the wonderful and weird world of American film composer, Danny Elfman.

Today, Elfman takes us on a dangerous trip through Loompa Land, in his score for the film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (Ep. 117)
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: Loompa Land
Danny Elfman

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Welcome to Day Two of DANNY ELFMAN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're exploring the wonderful, weird world of American film composer Danny Elfman.

Today, we're going to the ballet instead of the movies, and listening to  music Elfman wrote for a ballet called, RABBIT & ROGUE, choreographed by Twyla Tharp.

Tuesday, March 6, 2019 (Ep. 116)
RABBIT & ROGUE: Intro and Lyric
Danny Elfman

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Pee Wee's Big Adventure
movie poster, 1985

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

This week, we're celebrating the wonderful, weird world of American film composer, Danny Elfman.

Today, we're making a crazy breakfast with Pee-Wee Herman's Breakfast Machine!

Monday, March 5, 2018 (Ep. 115)
PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE: Breakfast Machine
Danny Elfman

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Nancy Stagnitta, Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, wraps up FLUTE WEEK today. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Kate Lemmon, Kate L Photography

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

This week, we've been learning from Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta. She's taught us all kinds of things about the flute - its history, members of the flute family, good ways to "greet" your instrument.

Today, Nancy demonstrates some cool noises that the flute makes - and tells us why she thinks it's a great instrument to choose when it's time to think about joining Band or Orchestra.

Friday, March 2, 2018 (Ep. 114)
Sonata for Piccolo, 1st movement
Mike Mower

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Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta, plays Gabriel Faur&eacute's, "Fantasie." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Kate Lemmon, Kate L Photography

Welcome to Day Four of FLUTE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're learning all about the flute from IPR Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta.

Today, Nancy tells us about some good ways to warm up with your flute - how to, "greet your instrument," and performs a gorgeous piece by French composer Gabriel Fauré.

Thursday, March 1, 2018 (Ep. 113)
Fantasie for Flute
Gabriel Fauré

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Welcome to Day Three of FLUTE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

It's FLUTE WEEK! We're learning about the flute from Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta.

Today, Nancy introduces us to the Alto Flute and other members of the flute family.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (Ep. 112)
Piece for Flute, Alto Flute and Bongos No. 1
Alec Wilder

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It's FLUTE WEEK Tuesday with IAA Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta! Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Kate Lemmon, Kate L Photography

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

This week, we're learning about the flute from Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta!

Today, Nancy talks with us about the history of the flute, and plays a fascinating (and incredibly difficult!) piece.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (Ep. 111)
Sonata Appassionata
Sigfrid Karg-Elert

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It's FLUTE WEEK on Kids Commute, starring IAA Flute Instructor Nancy Stagnitta!
Kate Lemmon, Kate L Photography

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

This week, we're learning about the flute from Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta!

It's FLUTE WEEK!

Today, Nancy will chat with us about her discovery of the flute and play a competition piece by French composer Gabriel Fauré.

Monday, February 26, 2018 (Ep. 110)
Morceau de Concours
Gabriel Fauré

Set design for a 1923 production of, THE FIREBIRD, by Vladimir Pleshakov. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Vladimir Pleshakov

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

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's ballet combining two Russian fairy tales - the terrible Koschei the Deathless, and the magical and benevolent Firebird.

Today, we'll hear the Finale of Stravinsky's ballet - which is, in your host Kate's opinion, some of the most joyous music ever written. Koschei the Deathless is destroyed, all the captives are freed, Prince Ivan marries a princess, and it's happily ever after!

By the way - please do click on the picture at left to expand it - it's a gorgeous set design for a 1923 production of THE FIREBIRD by Vladimir Pleshakov.

Friday, February 23, 2018 (Ep. 109)
THE FIREBIRD: Death of Koschei/End of Enchantments/General Rejoicing
Igor Stravinsky

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A costume design for one of Koschei's Guardian Monsters by Marc Chagall, 1945. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Sharon Mollerus, FLICKR

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

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's ballet combining two Russian fairy tales - the terrible Koschei the Deathless, and the magical Firebird, with wings of flame.

Today, it's The Firebird to the rescue! Prince Ivan, captured by Koschei and his terrible Guardian Monsters, calls on the Firebird for help.

Thursday, February 22, 1028 (Ep. 108)
THE FIREBIRD: Entrance of the Firebird/Infernal Dance
Igor Stravinsky

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Costume design for Prince Ivan, 1931. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Ivan Bilibin

Welcome to Day Three of FIREBIRD WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's ballet combining two Russian fairy tales - the terrible Koschei the Deathless, and the magical Firebird, with wings of flame.

Today, in Part Three - Prince Ivan is in trouble! Koschei and his Guardian Monsters discover him in the garden and are on their way to capture him!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (Ep. 107)
FIREBIRD: Guardian Monsters and Capture of Prince Ivan
Igor Stravinsky

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Valentina Blinova as The Firebird, 1936, Sydney, Australia. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
State Library New South Wales

Welcome to Day Two of FIREBIRD WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's fairy tale ballet that combines two myths: Koschei the Deathless and the mythical Firebird.

Today, in Part Two, we meet thirteen princesses who are also Koschei's captives. Prince Ivan watches them play a game with golden apples (check out the video after the jump!).

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (Ep. 106)
THE FIREBIRD: Game of the Golden Apples
Igor Stravinsky

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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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