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 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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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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