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

The Kids Commute returns to Classical IPR weekdays starting September 5th!

Join Kate Botello each weekday morning at about 7:40 as she picks stories and sounds from the Classical world your children will love. She wants to inspire your family with the love of Classical music.

Are you tuned in to Classical IPR weekday mornings around 7:40 for Kids Commute?  We start out the Kids Commute with the voices it's intended for - kids!  We'd love to hear more of your voices.  

Here's how to hear YOUR voice on the Kids Commute:

Cristian Macelaru
Sorin Popa

Week Four of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen features guest conductor Cristian Macelaru, Music Director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

This week's concert features Dvorak's Carnival Overture and Brahms Symphony No. 2. Macelaru - a former member of the WYSO himself - had some fascinating things to say about Brahms, Dvorak, and their musical ideas of happiness.

Listen below to hear more, and to find out why Macelaru wants to make t-shirts that say, "Keep Dvorak Weird!"

Join us for the concert live on Classical IPR, Sunday night at 8pm.


On July 9, 2017, guest conductor JoAnn Falletta led the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen in the second week of their 2017 season.

On the program: the United States premiere of Zhou Long's Tsingtao Overture, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

Hear the archived live broadcast in full, below.


The Gryphon Trio
John Beebe

The Gryphon Trio is performing a concert tonight in the Concert Hall of the former Holy Rosary School/Sala Koncertowa in Cedar as part of the Leelanau Summer Music Festival. Violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys and pianist Jamie Parker talked with Kate Botello and performed works of Beethoven and Astor Piazzolla.

In this special hour of Morning Classical, Interlochen Center for the Arts President Trey Devey shares some of his favorite classical music with listeners.

Click through to see Trey's playlist.


JoAnn Falletta, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, returns to Interlochen Arts Camp to conduct the second week of the 2017 World Youth Symphony Orchestra season.

On the repertoire this week: Zhou Long's Tsingtao Overture, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

IPR's Kate Botello talked with JoAnn about Interlochen, the concert repertoire, and sharing in the excitement of discovery with the young musicians of the WYSO.


Grammy-award winner Bob James is well known for his jazz music, but recently just premiered his new piano concerto. Since December, he has had his piano at Interlochen Public Radio. That’s because he recorded a new album with Nancy Stagnitta, flute instructor at Interlochen. The duo is about to premiere their new work at a concert in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall here on the Interlochen campus. Fittingly, the album is called, “In the Chapel in the Moonlight.”

Bob and Nancy joined Kate Botello in Studio A to give us a preview. The concert will be held March 4 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit tickets.interlochen.org or call the Interlochen box office at 231-276-7800.


The Academy Awards are coming up on February 28, and it's your turn to pick a winner!

Five films have been nominated for the Best Musical Score Oscar - which is your favorite? Listen to the scores and vote for the one YOU think should win the Oscar this year. See how your pick measures up with Academy voters!

We'll be featuring suites from the scores all week on Classical IPR.

Click through for links to the scores, and to vote in our poll!

Welcome to Episode 39 - the Season Three Finale! - of Show Tunes with Kate Botello.  Coming up: it’s our Audience Appreciation Special! We asked, you answered - and tonight we’ve got a pile of YOUR favorite show tunes. At Intermission, we’ll talk with Rene Ruiz, founder of Toxic Audio, about combining the worlds of a capella singing and theatre.

Click through for this week's playlist and a beautiful video of Jake Gyllenhaal from the new production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.


Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne
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Welcome to Episode 38 - our Valentine's Edition! - of Show Tunes with Kate Botello. Coming up: love, musical theatre style, from First Date to Fond Memory! At Intermission, a few lesser-known takes on Romeo and Juliet that might be new to you. In Act Two: famous Valentines of the theatrical variety.

Click through for this week's playlist and a rare movie clip of Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.


Welcome to Episode 37 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: two types of princesses. We’ll hear Cinderella stories - then slap some Icy Hot on your teeth for tunes about beauty pageants! Speaking of princess, at Intermission our friend Julie Garnye will be here to talk about the Los Angeles theatre scene and her role as a Disney Queen! In Act Two, surprisingly good performances from actors who weren’t really known as singers before they landed a big role in a movie musical.

Click through for this week's playlist and a couple of bonus videos of divas in action!

Welcome to Episode 36 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: when rock stars make musical theatre, the shows tend to either be soaring successes or massive flops. We’ll hear from both. At Intermission, why actors won’t say the FORBIDDEN WORD - and other superstitions for theatre types. In Act Two, we’ll hear from some hugely successful, long-running shows, both of which are kind of surprising.

Click through for this week's playlist!


Pianist Jeffrey Biegel
I.U.M.A. Management

Pianist Jeffrey Biegel - the first ever pianist chosen to record on the Steinway & Sons label - is in town  to perform a concert with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra - a new work, the “Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra,” by Peter Schickele, otherwise known as PDQ Bach. He dropped by Studio A to give us a taste of the concerto - and to help us get the jokes!

Welcome to Episode 35 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: musical matchmaking and upcoming openings. At Intermission, a stern but hilarious lesson in social media etiquette from Nate Patten and Cam Collins, hosts of the theatre podcast, #BookedIt. In Act Two - ever been so moved you called your loved one’s name in song? These people have.

 

Click through for this week's playlist!

 


The week of January 9, 2017, we featured Lorelei Ensemble's RECONSTRUCTED as our New Release of the Week.

IPR's Director of Development, Emily Culler, is one of the nine founding members of the Lorelei Ensemble. She dropped by Studio B on Friday, January 13 to play us some highlights from the album, and to chat about Lorelei and the techniques and styles that came together in its creation.

Coming up: We’re throwing a New Year’s party, complete with cocktails, dancing, revelry...and regrets. If you’re auditioning for musical theatre these days, take notes at Intermission - we’ll have a list of songs that casting directors do NOT want to hear - and offer you a few alternatives. In Act Two - the Morning After.

Click through for this week's playlist!


One of our favorite traditions at Interlochen Public Radio is the yearly roundup of the staff's most beloved holiday music. We've got a crew with musical tastes all over the place, and we have great fun putting this together for you.

Tune in to Classical IPR at 6pm on December 22, at noon on December 24, or listen any time at the link below. Click through for the playlist of songs and performers.

Happy Everything from all of us at IPR! 


Welcome to Episode 31 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up - tunes for TV! And - speaking of TV, if you missed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade broadcast, never fear! We’ll highlight the Broadway shows featured this year. At Intermission, we’ll talk with director Donna Drake. She’ll tell us the story of how she came to be one of the original cast members of A CHORUS LINE. In Act Two, we’ll answer last week’s trivia question and give you a new one to peruse.

Click through for this week's playlist!


Welcome to Episode 30 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: three early hits for legendary combo Lerner and Loewe. Then, we’ll hear from shows running right now. At Intermission, a tribute to the late, great, Elaine Stritch. In Act Two, we’ll hear some new renditions of evergreen songs from THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Click through for this week's playlist!


Welcome to Episode 20 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello - and Happy Halloween! We highlight the spooky and the kooky of Broadway and beyond. At Intermission: Worst show ever, or best show ever? When it comes to DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES, Natalie Douglas isn't quite sure.

Click through for this week's playlist!


Welcome to Episode 28 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: foodies, take note. We’ve got a smorgasbord of food-related tunes coming your way. Then, some odes to the trials and joys of being alive. At Intermission, musical director Brian Nash stops by to tell us a story about a Broadway legend from one of his many fascinating gigs, and we’ll hear a cut from his album, Forever After.

Click through for this week's playlist and our featured video clip: Lauren Bacall goes wild!

Welcome to Episode 27 - the Season Three premiere of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Tonight: neighbors, pesky and otherwise, and we’ll hear some songs about a hot button issue - the telephone. Then, a it’s a WICKED intermission! We’ll talk with the lovely Emily Koch, who just wrapped up her turn as Elphaba in the national tour of WICKED. In Act Two: feeling down? Need a boost to your self esteem? We’ve got you covered.

Click through for this week's playlist!

Each year, Interlochen Arts Camp becomes home to the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, high-school age musicians working with renowned conductors from all over the world.

In our sixth and final episode of the 2016 season, conductor Jung-Ho Pak conducts the WYSO in Jennifer Higdon's Machine, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture, and the Olympic Fanfare by John Williams.

In a tradition dating back to 1928, Interlochen Center for the Arts President Jeff Kimpton conducts all the Interlochen Orchestras together in Franz Liszt's Les Preludes.

Each year, Interlochen Arts Camp becomes home to the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, high-school age musicians working with renowned conductors from all over the world.

In the fifth of our 2016 episodes, Carlos Kalmar conducts the WYSO in Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, with soloist Conrad Tao, and Dvorak's Eighth Symphony.

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