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 Two of PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

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

Today, we'll hear, "Children's Quarrel After Games."

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (Ep. 81)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Children's Quarrel After Games/The Garden of Tuileries

Modest Mussorgsky

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KC Ep. 80 - PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Monday! "Gnomus." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Artist Viktor Hartmann

Good morning and Happy Monday! Welcome to a brand-new week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're, "listening to paintings," as we walk through an exhibition of the art of Viktor Hartmann (pictured, left). Much of the artwork no longer exists, but this week's composer Modest Mussorgsky wrote music that keeps the artwork alive in our imaginations.

Today, we'll meet a creepy little gnome as he sneaks around making mischief!

January 15, 2018 (Ep. 80)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Gnomus
Modest Mussorgsky

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KC Ep. 79 - "Tom Thumb," from Maurice Ravel's MOTHER GOOSE SUITE. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Cover, 1888

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

All week we've been hearing four-handed fairy tale piano music written for Mimi and Jean, two young friends of French composer Maurice Ravel.

Today, we'll wind up with music for poor little Tom Thumb, lost in the woods after the birds have eaten his breadcrumb trail.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018 (Ep. 79)
MOTHER GOOSE SUITE: Tom Thumb

Maurice Ravel

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KC 78 - Mother Goose Week! Thursday: "The Fairy Garden," by Maurice Ravel. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Painting, by :Henry Meynell Rheam

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

This week, we're hearing fairy tale-inspired music written for kids by French composer Maurice Ravel.

Today, we'll hear Part Two of Sleeping Beauty - The Fairy Garden, featuring a Prince, a kiss, and happily ever after.

Thursday, January 11. 2018 (Ep. 78)
MOTHER GOOSE SUITE: The Fairy Garden
Maurice Ravel

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KC 77 - MOTHER GOOSE WEEK! Wednesday: Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty, by Maurice Ravel. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Painting, by Maxfield Parrish, 1912

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

This week, we're listening to fairy tale music by French composer Maurice Ravel created for kids to play and enjoy!

Today, we'll creep silently through the castle where Sleeping Beauty and all her friends and family lie fast asleep.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (Ep. 77)
Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty
MOTHER GOOSE SUITE
Maurice Ravel

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Welcome to Day Two of Mother Goose Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing fairy-tale based piano music written for children by French composer Maurice Ravel.

Today, we meet Laideronnette, "Little Ugly Girl," the Empress of the Pagodas.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 (Ep. 76)
MOTHER GOOSE SUITE
Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas
Maurice Ravel

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KC 75: MOTHER GOOSE WEEK! Monday: "Conversations of Beauty and the Beast," by Maurice Ravel. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Painting, by Anne Anderson

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

This week, we're hearing the MOTHER GOOSE SUITE, fairy-tale based piano music written for Mimi and Jean, a couple of French kids who were family friends of composer Maurice Ravel.

Today, we'll hear Conversations of Beauty and the Beast.

MOTHER GOOSE SUITE
Conversations of Beauty and the Beast
Maurice Ravel

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KC Ep. 74 - Winter Holiday Week! Friday: "Riu Riu Chiu." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Tapestry from the Galla Placidia Museum

Happy Friday! Welcome to the final day of Winter Holiday Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

We hope you've enjoyed this week of Winter Holiday fun from around the world. Speaking of holidays, Kids Commuters - we're taking a Winter Holiday, too! We'll be playing some kid-friendly music the week of January 2. Kids Commute will be back with all-new episodes - and Quizlets! -  on January 8.

Today, we take a trip to Spain for a, "villancico," - an ancient Spanish Christmas Carol. "Riu Riu Chiu," is a song about protecting the Lamb (in this case, both Mary and Jesus!) from the Wolf (the forces of evil).

Friday, December 22, 2017 (Ep. 74)
Riu Riu Chiu (Traditional medieval Spanish)

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KC Ep. 73 Winter Holiday Week! Thursday: "Betelehemu," by Babatunde Olantunji. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Photo edit: Calypso13

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

This week, we're enjoying music from winter celebrations around the world. 

Today, we'll hear Christmas music that comes to America from Nigeria! 

Thursday, December 21, 2017 (Ep. 73)
Betelehemu (Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs)
Babatunde Olatunji

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

This week, we're celebrating Winter Holidays around the world.

Today, we'll take a trip to Scandinavia for St. Lucia's (St. Lucy's) Day!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 (Ep. 72)
Santa Lucia (traditional)

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Welcome to Day Two of Winter Holiday Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're enjoying holiday music from around the world.

Happy Hanukkah! Today, we'll hear a classic Hanukkah tune that helps explain some of the traditions of the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (Ep. 71)
Chanukah, O Chanukah (traditional)

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KC Ep. 70 - Winter Holiday Week! Monday: "Happy Joyous Hanukkah," by the Klezmatics. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Traditional Klezmer musicians

Happy Monday! Welcome to Winter Holiday Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music from Winter holidays around the world.

Happy Hanukkah! Today we're hearing music based in the Jewish klezmer tradition. "Klezmer," means, "musical instrument." Klezmer musicians usually use instruments they can carry around so they can use them for parties and festivals!

Monday, December 18, 2017 (Ep. 70)
Happy Joyous Hanukkah
The Klezmatics (by Woody Guthrie)

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Ahoy, mateys! 'Tis Friday, the last day of Pirate Week on I-P-Arrrrrr! 

All week, we've been enjoying music dedicated to the scallywags of the high seas - pirates!

Today, we'll hear the Overture to the comic pirate opera, JOLLY ROGER, by English composer Walter Leigh.

Friday, December 15, 2017 (Ep. 69)
JOLLY ROGER: Overture
Walter Leigh

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KC Ep. 68 - "Drink Up Me Hearties, Yo Ho!" from PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: AT WORLD'S END. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Max Pixel

Ahoy, mateys, and welcome to Day Four of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music inspired by the scurvy seadog robbers of the high seas - pirates!

Today, music by composer Hans Zimmer from the third installment of PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN!

Thursday, December 14, 2017 (Ep. 68)
PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN - AT WORLD'S END: Drink Up Me Hearties, Yo Ho
Hans Zimmer

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KC EP. 66 - Pirate Week! Tuesday: "With Cat-Like Tread," from THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE by Gilbert & Sullivan. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Opera Australia's PIRATES

Avast, me hearties! 'Tis Day Two of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to music inspired by the scurvy robbers of the high seas!

Today, we'll hear some pirates try - and fail - to be quiet and sneaky in Gilbert & Sullivan's, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (Ep. 66)
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE: With Cat-Like Tread
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

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KC Ep. 65 - Pirate Week - Monday! ANNE OF THE INDIES, music by Franz Waxman. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical music for kids!
Original 1951 movie poster

Avast, me hearties, and Happy Monday! 'Tis the first day of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to music inspired by the scurvy robbers of the high seas!

Today, music inspired by the Dread Pirate Anne Bonney from the 1951 movie, ANNE OF THE INDIES.

Monday, December 11, 2017 (Ep. 65)
ANNE OF THE INDIES: Main Theme
Franz Waxman

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Kids Commute Episode 64 - Nutcracker Week - Friday! THE NUTCRACKER: "Final Waltz & Apotheosis." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Marie Patinio Sanchez, Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker

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

This week, we've been following the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet, THE NUTCRACKER.

Today, everybody dances one last, big dance together, and Clara goes home.

Friday, December 8, 2017
THE NUTCRACKER: Final Waltz & Apotheosis
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Kids Commute Ep.63 - Nutcracker Week - Thursday! "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," Var. 2 from THE NUTCRACKER. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Cpl. U. B. Roberts

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

This week, we're telling the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday ballet, THE NUTCRACKER. 

Today, the citizens of the Kingdom of Sweets dance for Clara, capped off by a performance by the Queen herself - The Sugar Plum Fairy.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 (Ep. 62)
THE NUTCRACKER: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Var. 2)
Peter Tchaikovsky

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Kids Commute Ep. 62 - Nutcracker Week: Wednesday! - A Pine Forest (Peter Tchaikovsky). Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Brett Pruitt, Waltz of the Snowflakes

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

This week, we're listening to the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday ballet, THE NUTCRACKER.

Today, the Nutcracker takes Clara on a sleigh ride through a magical forest full of giant trees and dancing snowflakes...and then undergoes a transformation!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 (Episode 62)
THE NUTCRACKER: A Pine Forest
Peter Tchaikovsky

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

This week, we're following the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's famous holiday ballet.

Today, the Nutcracker gets into a big battle with the wicked Mouse King - and it's Clara to the rescue!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
THE NUTCRACKER: Battle with the Mouse King
Peter Tchaikovsky

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

Today, we'll begin our journey into the story of Peter Tchaikovsky's famous holiday ballet. Clara and Fritz's godfather, the magician Drosselmeyer, is a mysterious fellow...but he brings terrific presents!

Monday, December 4, 2017 (Ep. 60)
THE NUTCRACKER: Entrance of Drosselmeyer and Distribution of Presents
Peter Tchaikovsky

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The Northern LOWER Brass Quartet played some holiday tunes in Studio A in advance of the upcoming TubaChristmas/Encore Winds Event coming up Saturday, December 2 at 3pm at the First Congregational Church in Traverse City.

The Northern LOWER Brass Quartet are:

Jerry Young (tuba)
Tim Wilson (tuba)
Karen Hall (euphonium)
Rick Sunier (euphonium)


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

All week, we've been hearing work inspired by our four-legged furry friends.

Today, we'll hear music from a movie about the most famous animal star of all time - Rin Tin Tin!

Friday, December 1, 2017 (Ep. 59)
Finding Rin Tin Tin
Stephen Edwards

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Welcome to Day Four of Doggie Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we're hearing music inspired by Man's (and Composer's) Four-Legged Best Friend.

Today, we'll hear an odd, funny piece by American composer George Crumb. Crumb wrote a suite of music for guitar called, "Mundus Canis," (Dog's World) about some of the Crumb family dogs.  Yoda, the dog for whom our music was written, was...kind of a troublemaker.

Thursday, November 30, 2017 (Ep. 58)
Mundus Canis: Yoda
George Crumb

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Kids Commute Ep. 57 - Doggie Week! Frederic Chopin's, "Little Dog Waltz." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids@
Frederic Chopin, 1873

Welcome to Day Three of Doggie Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week we're hearing music inspired by the four-legged friends of various composers.

Today, we'll hear what's commonly known as the, "Minute Waltz," - which is actually called, the, "Little Dog Waltz!"

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (Ep. 57)
The Little Dog Waltz (Minute Waltz)
Frederic Chopin

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