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.

Ways to Connect

Kids Commute Episode 41 - Greek and Roman Mythology Week! Medusa. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Painting, by Caravaggio

Happy Halloween! Welcome to Day Two of Greek and Roman Mythology Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

Today, our spookiest bit of mythology - the monster Medusa. Some said she was horribly ugly, some said she was beautiful, but either way - one look into Medusa's eyes and you turn to stone!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (Episode 41)
PERCY JACKSON & THE LIGHTNING THIEF: Medusa
Christophe Beck

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Welcome to the first day of Greek & Roman Mythology Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

Today, we'll meet the King of the Greek Gods - Zeus!

Monday, October 30, 2017 (Episode 40)
Canto Olympico: Ode to Zeus
Mikis Theodorakis

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Kids Commute Episode 39 - Spooky Week! Music from Bernard Herrmann's score to THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Original 1951 movie poster

Welcome to the last day of Spooky Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

Today, we'll hear the wonderfully eerie sound of the theremin - one the first-ever electronic instruments! - as it adds an, "outer space," feel to the music from the 1951 Sci-Fi classic, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.

Friday, October 27, 2017 (Episode 39)
The Day the Earth Stood Still: Suite
Bernard Herrmann

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Kids Commute Episode 38 - Spooky Week! Incantation from "The Sorcerer," by Gilbert & Sullivan. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Alexis and Aline aren't sure hiring a sorcerer was such a good idea.

Welcome to Day Four of Spooky Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for Kids!  

Today, we'll hear all the ingredients for a creepy-sounding love spell!

Thursday, October 26, 2017 (Episode 38)
"The Incantation," from The Sorcerer
Gilbert & Sullivan

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Kids Commute Episode 37- Spooky Week! J.S. Bach's, "Toccata in D minor." Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
J.S. Bach at the keyboard

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

Today, we'll hear a piece of music so famous for being spooky that most folks can recognize it in about nine notes!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (Episode 37)
Toccata in D minor
Johann Sebastian Bach

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Welcome to Day Two of Spooky Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we're serving up some eerie Halloween-themed musical treats.

Today we'll hear music from the scary citizens of Halloween Town in the film THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.  They may be scary folks, but they want you to know they're not mean - they're just doing their jobs!

By the way, singing lead as Jack Skellington, the Halloween King, is the composer himself - Danny Elfman.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 (Episode 36)
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: This is Halloween
Danny Elfman

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Welcome to Spooky Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids! It's the week before Halloween, so, we'll be serving up some eerie tunes every day!

Today, music for dancing skeletons. According to an old French superstition, Death plays the fiddle on Halloween night, and all the skeletons rise from their graves to dance! Then, the rooster crows, and with the dawn, they all go back underground.

Monday, October 23, 2017 (Episode 35)
Danse Macabre
Camille Saint-Saens

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Kids Commute Episode 34: "Street in a Frontier Town," from Aaron Copland's Ballet, BILLY THE KID. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
One of the two only known photos of Billy the Kid!

Happy Friday! Welcome to the Day Five of Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! Today, we'll answer our Quizlet and wind up Old West Week with more ballet music from American composer Aaron Copland.

Friday, October 20, 2017 (Episode 34)
Billy the Kid: Street in a Frontier Town
Aaron Copland

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Kids Commute Episode 33 - Old West Week: "On the Trail," by Ferde Grofe. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
The Grand Canyon Mule Trail

Welcome to Day Four of Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids!

Today, we'll mosey (and sometimes rush!) down the Grand Canyon with American composer Ferde Grofé.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 (Episode 33)
The Grand Canyon Suite: On the Trail
Ferde Grofé

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Kids Commute Episode 32 - Old West Week! THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY, by Ennio Morricone. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Original Italian movie poster

Welcome to Day Three of Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids!

Today, we'll hear some, "Spaghetti Western," music by Italian composer Ennio Morricone, from the 1966 movie, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY. Keep your ears open for some of the cool and kooky things he does with the human voice as an instrument!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (Ep. 32)
Theme: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Ennio Morricone

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Each year, Interlochen Arts Academy presents an evening called, “Collage.” The event is exactly what it sounds like - a collection of performances from students demonstrating work from all the different disciplines of the Arts Academy.  To give you a little taste of what the show is like, we invited a couple of students who are represented the piano to come in and play for us.

First, we met Duoduo Xue, and heard her play Sergei Prokofiev's Etude in D minor, Op. 2 No. 1.

Then, Yungyi Chen performed the Etude-tableau in D minor, Op.39 No.8 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.


Kids Commute Episode 31 - Old West Week! "Hoedown," from RODEO, by Aaron Copland. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Cowgirl, circa 1900

Welcome to Day Two of Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids!

Today, we'll hear a selection from an Old West ballet, by composer Aaron Copland.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (Ep. 31)
"Hoedown," from Rodeo
Aaron Copland

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Welcome to Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we'll ride across a range of music inspired by the American West!

Today, we'll hear music from a 1960 movie about seven cowboys based on a movie about seven Japanese warriors!

Monday, October 16, 2017 (Ep. 30)
Theme: The Magnificent Seven
Elmer Bernstein

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Kids Commute Episode 29, Young Voices Week -  Bruce, from Matilda: The Musical. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Roderick Eime

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

The music throughout the week featured children’s choirs singing songs from different cultures and in different languages.

Today, we'll take a trip to England, and a school with the worst headmistress ever. The Broadway cast of Matilda: The Musical performs.

Friday, October 13, 2017, Ep. 29
Matilda the Musical
Bruce
Original Broadway Cast

 

 


 

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are celebrating young voices from around the world! 

The music throughout the week will feature children’s choirs singing songs from different cultures and in different languages.

Today, we'll hear a beautiful Zulu love song performed by the Children of Agape Choir of South Africa.

Thursday, October 12, 2017, Ep. 28
Pigogo
Children of Agape Choir of South Africa

 

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Welcome to Day Three of Young Voices Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!  

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are celebrating young voices from around the world.

The music throughout the week will feature children’s choirs singing songs from different cultures and in different languages.

Today, we'll travel to Austria to hear the Vienna Boys' Choir perform the, "Chit-Chat" Polka by Johann Strauss II.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Ep. 27
The Tritsch-Tratsch (Chit-Chat) Polka
Vienna Boys' Choir

 

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Welcome to Day Two of Young Voices Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we are celebrating young voices from around the world! 

The music throughout the week will feature children’s choirs singing songs from different cultures and in different languages.

Today, American composer Stephen Hatfield celebrates the power of women's voices with, "Uberlebensgross," which means, "larger than life."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Ep. 26
Uberlebensgross
Stephen Hatfield
Boston Children's Chorus

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Welcome to Young Voices Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids!  

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are celebrating young voices from around the world.

The music throughout the week will feature children’s choirs singing songs from different cultures and in different languages.

Today, we'll meet the wonderful Young People's Chorus of NYC performing a song about a brave mongoose - Riki Tikki Tavi!

Monday, October 9, 2017
Riki Rikki Tavi by Faraualla
Young People's Chorus of NYC
Francisco Nuñez, Director

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Welcome to Day Five of Autumn Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

Today, we'll go on an 18th Century hunting trip with Antonio Vivaldi's final movement of Autumn from The Four Seasons.

Friday, October 6, 2017
The Four Seasons, Autumn, Allegro 
Antonio Vivaldi

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Welcome to Day Four of IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! Yesterday, we went to a big harvest party in the first movement of Antonio Vivaldi's Autumn, from The Four Seasons. With all that dancing and singing, we might need a nap!

Thursday, October 4, 2017
Kids Commute Episode 23
Autumn, The Four Seasons, Adagio (Second Movement)

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Kids Commute Episode 22: Autumn Allegro (first movement), by Antonio Vivaldi. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Painting: La Festa Della Vendemmia, Raffaello Sorbi

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

Today, we're going to begin listening to Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi's concerto, Autumn. This recording features violinist Anne Akiko Meyers playing the violin. In our music, people have a big party, and then a nap - listen for the way Meyers makes the violin sound, "sleepy!"

Kids Commute Episode 22
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Autumn, first movement
Antonio Vivaldi

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Welcome to Day Two of Autumn Week on IPR's Kids Commute! Today, we'll hear music written for Autumn in the port city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Astor Piazzolla
Otoño Porteño Tango

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Welcome to Autumn Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Today, we'll visit Alexander Glazunov's ballet, The Seasons.

Imagine a big party where all the seasons are the people that attend...and Autumn shows up to scatter leaves everywhere!

Monday, October 2, 2017:
Alexander Glazunov
The Seasons
Autumn Bacchanale

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Happy Friday!! Welcome to Day Five of Elephant Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Today, we attend the coronation of the King of the Elephants!

Friday, September 29, 2017
Kids Commute Episode 19: The Coronation of Babar by French composer Francis Poulenc

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

Episode 18 (Thursday, September 28): Circus Polka - for a Young Elephant, by Igor Stravinsky

Today, we'll hear music for an elephant extravaganza - a ballet for fifty ballerinas and fifty elephants!

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