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

This week we're hearing music written in appreciation of Man's Fuzzy-Faced Best Friend: the dog!

Today, we'll hear, "Minimal Donkey," from the Dog Toy Suite by American composer Laurel Zucker.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (Ep. 56)
Dog Toy Suite: Minimal Donkey
Laurel Zucker

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Happy Monday! Welcome to Doggie Week on Kids Commute. This week we'll hear music written in appreciation of Man's Four-Legged Furry Best Friend.

Today, we'll hear some music by American composer George Gershwin, for the 1937 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie, "Shall We Dance?"

Monday, November 27, 2017 (Ep. 55)
SHALL WE DANCE? Promenade/Walking the Dog
George Gershwin

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We at IPR wish you the very best for Thanksgiving, and hope you are surrounded by food and friends.

If you find yourself in need of a Thanksgiving meal, here's a list of a few organizations serving meals in our listening area.

GRAND TRAVERSE/TRAVERSE CITY

Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church
16426 Center Road
12-2 p.m. (They're asking you to please RSVP to 231-223-4393 to help the crew plan the meals)

Trinity Lutheran Church
1003 South Maple Street (13th and Maple)
1-3 p.m.

Kids Commute Ep. 54 - Don Quixote Week! Friday: "The Impossible Dream," from MAN OF LA MANCHA. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Original Cast Album, 1964

Happy Friday! Welcome to the final day of Don Quixote Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

All week we've been hearing Quixote-inspired music by German composer Richard Struass. Today, we'll hear music from  MAN OF LA MANCHA, the 1964 Broadway musical inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's novel.

Friday, November 17, 2017 (Ep. 54)
MAN OF LA MANCHA: The Impossible Dream
Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh

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Kids Commute Ep. 53, Don Quixote Week: "Dialogue Between Knight and Squire." (Pictured, Don Quixote with Sancho Panza.) Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Painting, by Jules David

Welcome to Day Four of Don Quixote Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

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

This week, our music will be all about Don Quixote, a crazy, but well-intentioned old gentleman who wishes he were a hero. He's a character from a novel written in Spain in the year 1615 by the author Miguel de Cervantes.

Almost three hundred years after de Cervantes wrote the book, a lot of its stories were set to music by German composer Richard Strauss.

Today, we'll hear a musical conversation between our hero, Don Quixote, and his squire, Sancho Panza.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 (Ep. 53)
Don Quixote: Dialogue Between Knight and Squire
Richard Strauss

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

This week, our music will be all about Don Quixote, a crazy, but well-intentioned old gentleman who wishes he were a hero. He's a character from a novel written in Spain in the year 1615 by the author Miguel de Cervantes.

Almost three hundred years after de Cervantes wrote the book, a lot of its stories were set to music by German composer Richard Strauss.

Today, Don Quixote thinks he sees the dust of two opposing armies coming at him on the road, but they're not two opposing armies. They're...sheep.  Yep!

We have a very special guest joining us today for Kids Commute - Leelanee Sterrett is Acting Associate Principal Horn for the New York Philharmonic. The NYPhil is performing Don Quixote at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor this weekend (you can listen to the concert and pre-show coverage on Classical IPR!). Leelanee is from Manton, Michigan, and was kind enough to drop by Kids Commute to explain how the orchestra turns the entire Horn section into a flock of sheep!

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More of Kate's interview with Leelanee Sterrett after the jump (click "read more!").

Welcome to Don Quixote Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, our music will be all about Don Quixote, a crazy, but well-intentioned old gentleman who wishes he were a hero. He's a character from a novel written in Spain in the year 1615 by the author Miguel de Cervantes.

Almost three hundred years after de Cervantes wrote the book, a lot of its stories were set to music by German composer Richard Strauss. 

Today, Don Quixote tries to pick a fight with a bunch of nasty giants...that aren't actually giants at all.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (Ep. 51)
Don Quixote: Windmills
Richard Strauss

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Kids Commute Episode 50 - Don Quixote Week! "The Knight of Sorrowful Countenance." - Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Gustave Dore: "A World of Disorderly Notions, Picked Out of His Books."

Welcome to Don Quixote Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, our music will be all about Don Quixote, a crazy, but well-intentioned old gentleman who wishes he were a hero. He's a character from a novel written in Spain in the year 1615 by the author Miguel de Cervantes.

Almost three hundred years after de Cervantes wrote the book, a lot of its stories were set to music in a tone poem by German composer Richard Strauss. 

Today, we'll meet the star of our week, Don Quixote himself.

Monday, November 13, 2017 (Ep. 50)
Don Quixote: The Knight of Sorrowful Countenance
Richard Strauss

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

All week, we've been celebrating the work of legendary film composer John Williams.

Today, we'll wind up with one of his most unforgettable works - the scary score to the shark attack movie JAWS. Who knew two notes could be so memorable?

Friday, October 10, 2017 (Ep. 49)
JAWS: Main Theme
John Williams

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Welcome to Day Four of John Williams Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're celebrating the work of legendary film composer, John Williams.

Today, we'll whisk off with the messenger owls to the wizarding world of HARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER'S STONE.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 (Ep. 48)
HARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER'S STONE: Hedwig's Theme
John Williams 

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KIDS COMMUTE EP. 47 - "March," from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, by John Williams. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Original movie poster, 1981

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

This week, we're celebrating the work of legendary film composer John Williams.

Today, we'll go on an adventure with heroic archaeologist Indiana Jones from the 1981 movie, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (Episode 47)
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: March
John Williams

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Kids Commute Episode 46: John Williams Week! E.T.: "The Bicycle Chase/Flying Theme." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Original Movie Poster, 1982

Welcome to Day Two of John Williams Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we're celebrating the work of legendary film composer John Williams.

Today, we'll hear music that's unforgettable to anyone who saw the 1982 science fiction fantasy, E.T. in a movie theater.

A note from Kids Commute Kate: I waited in line for about six hours - after being turned away when it was sold out! - to see this movie when I was a kid. I can't tell you how excited we were! The entire theater full of kids gasped out loud during the scene we're hearing about today. I'll never forget it, and the music was a big part of it.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (Ep. 46)
E.T., THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL: The Bicycle Chase/Flying Theme
John Williams

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Kids Commute Episode 45: John Williams Week! STAR WARS. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Original Movie Poster, 1977

Welcome to John Williams Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week's Kids Commute was requested by Kids Commuter Maya. She's a big fan of film composer John Williams, and we at Kids Commute are, too!  Maya's a particular fan of STAR WARS, so we'll start there.

Monday, November 6, 2017 (Episode 45)
STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE - Main Theme
John Williams

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Kids Commute Ep. 44 - Greek & Roman Mythology Week! "The Birth of Venus," by Ottorino Respighi. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Painting, THE BIRTH OF VENUS, by Botticelli

Happy Friday! Welcome to Day Five of Greek & Roman Mythology Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

Today, we'll hear music by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. He wrote a piece of music based on the famous painting by Botticelli - "Birth of Venus." Venus, the Goddess of Love, is born full formed from seafoam, and she floats onto shore on a shell. She's blown by Zephyrs - the gods of gentle breezes, and the Goddess of Spring waits with a beautiful gown to dress her when she arrives.

Friday, November 3, 2017 (Episode 44)
THREE BOTTICELLI PICTURES: The Birth of Venus
Ottorino Respighi

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

Today, we'll hear music by English composer Gustav Holst about the fairly good-natured Messenger of the Gods - Mercury (or as he was known in the Greek pantheon - Hermes).

Thursday, November 2, 2017 (Episode 43)
THE PLANETS: Mercury, the Winged Messenger
Gustav Holst

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Kids Commute Ep. 42 - Greek & Roman Mythology Week! The, "Fly Duet," from ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Original opera poster, 1858

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

Today - Jupiter (Zeus) and Pluto both have crushes on Eurydice. In French composer Jacques Offenbach's comic opera, ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD, Pluto tricks Eurydice into dying so she will hang out with him in the Underworld...but Jupiter tries to steal her by turning himself into a fly!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 (Episode 42)
ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD: The Fly Duet
Jacques Offenbach

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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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