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

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 fourth of our 2016 episodes, conductor Joshua Weilerstein conducts the WYSO in Elgar's Cello Concerto with soloist Zuill Bailey, and in Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

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 third of our 2016 episodes, Maestro Christopher Rountree conducts the musicians in Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Nico Muhly's So Far, So Good and Igor Stravinsky's 1919 Firebird Suite

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 second of our 2016 episodes, Maestro JoAnn Falletta returns to conduct the musicians in George Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, Paul Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber, and selections from Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger.

Welcome to Episdoe 26 - the special Season Two Finale of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Tonight - we throw our format out the window of the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in midtown Manhattan. It’s a Sophisticated Reunion with Terri Klausner, Ty Stephens and Valarie Pettiford - all original cast members of 1981’s Best Musical - SOPHISTICATED LADIES.

After a sophisticated introduction, we’ll hear highlights from their incredible careers. Tonight’s show will be presented in its entirety, without Intermission, due to an excess of excellence.

Click through for this week's playlist!


Welcome to Episode 25 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: theatre types and fantastic flops. At Intermission - we'll time-travel to the 70's, when Broadway got groovy with some funky disco covers.

In Act Two, we'll hear some Tony nominees!

Click through for this week's playlist and a delightfully wry clip of Lauren Bacall as Margo Channing in APPLAUSE (the 1970 musical of ALL ABOUT EVE).

  

Jazz icon Bob James will giving the American Premiere of his First Piano Concerto with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra in Corson Auditorium on Saturday, June 4.

TSO Music Director and Conductor Kevin Rhodes was at the helm of the World Premiere of the concerto with the Tokyo Philharmonic.

IPR's Kate Botello sat down with the Grammy-winning composer to talk about the concerto and his incredible life in music.  


Welcome to Episode 24 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up - theatre is murder - we’ll hear from some musical whodunits. We’ll hear a couple of more songs from this year’s Tony-nominated shows, and at Intermission - talk about a few mysterious Tony snubs. In Act Two, grab a rose to throw between your teeth, because tonight… we tango.  

Click through for this week's playlist and a clip of some 50's hipster choreography at its best!


Welcome to Episode 23 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up- a salute to Mr. Broadway, George M. Cohan. And  - for the first time in Tony history, five shows are up for Best Musical this year. We’ll hear from three of them. At Intermission, our friend Bill Church suffers for his art. In Act Two, we’ll get play dress- up with Little Edie, an Egyptian princess, and a comic legend.

 

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Coming up: two works by writer, director and performer Melvin Van Peebles. And - what happens when Chekhov’s gun explodes? Our friend Joe Levesque will tell us at Intermission. In Act Two, big-selling boots, successful psychos, and..nuns? Sure, why not.

 

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Welcome to Episode 21 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: his n' hers, and three branches of an apple tree. At Intermission - High School Musical! - we'll hang out with a theatre kid from the tiny town of Elk Rapids, Michigan.  

In Act Two, everybody's over it - and determined to make it better right now.

Click through for this week's playlist and a clip of a gorgeous production number from SOPHISTICATED LADIES!


Natalie Douglas HUMAN HEART
HUMAN HEART cover photo by Bill Westmoreland

Welcome to Episode 20 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: Good morning, Starshine! We’ve got some wonderful wake-ups. At Intermission, we (sort of) have tea with our friend, cabaret star Natalie Douglas. We chat about her latest album, HUMAN HEART. How do you assemble twelve songs from a huge collection of music into one cohesive work? She'll guide us through her approach and then rip our hearts out in the good way with the album's title song from ONCE ON THIS ISLAND.

In Act Two - one song, three ways; and Cast Party host Jim Caruso joins us in a tribute to legendary performer Julie Wilson. Click through for this week's playlist and a clip of Julie's signature number.


Show Tunes with Kate Botello - Episode 19 - Mixed Bag
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Welcome to Episode 19 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up  - it’s a mixed bag! We shopped the shelves of our record collection and pulled material that looks interesting but hasn’t made it onto the show yet. We found some real gems!

Click through for this week's playlist and a clip of the delightful Tommy Tune in action.


Welcome to Episode 18 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up - let’s dance! We’ll get groovy with some 60’s and 70’s rock musicals and then tap our way into the hearts of millions with hot tunes for hoofers.  Shine up your shoes and let down your hai-hai hai-hai-hai hai-hai hair! At Intermission - scathing critics reviews of shows we all thought were pretty good! - And in Act II, some favorites by composer Jason Robert Brown.

Click through for this week's playlist, some bonus toe-tapping action, and to find out how to hear your voice on the show!

Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday nights at 7pm, or listen to all our episodes here!


Megan Hilty as Doralee (our, "Backwoods Barbie,") and Allison Janney as Violet in 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL
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Welcome to Episode 17 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! This week - it's a matter of patter and light with a little country-western thrown in to boot. At Intermission - a great casting story and some sound advice from our friend Michael Mastroddi.

Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday nights at 7pm, or listen to all our episodes here!

Click through for this week's playlist, a bonus video of a performer in action, and to find out how to hear your voice on the show!


Welcome to Episode 16 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! This week: spring is here - at least according to clocks and official types. And nobody gets the whole spring thing better than Rodgers and Hammerstein...or Rodgers and Hart!

We’ll hear tunes from a couple of current hits, and  - at Intermission - FORBIDDEN BROADWAY goes after LES MISERABLES not once - but twice!

Click through for this week's playlist and to find out how to hear your voice on the show!


Morgan James
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Welcome to Episode 15 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! This week: we’ll throw our Irish friends a little St. Patrick’s Day love and throw the rest of our friends a little platonic love. At Intermission, Broadway star Morgan James is currently on tour as a singer-songwriter. She dropped by our studios to talk a bit about her work as a singer, and to tell us a story of some brave and wonderful love from her castmates in the revival of GODSPELL.

Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday nights at 7pm, or listen to all our episodes here!

Click through for this week's playlist, a gorgeous dance routine, and to find out how to make a request or hear your voice on the show!


Welcome to Episode 14 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up on the show - songs for scurvy pirates and corporate sharks and hits from Broadway Blockbusters. At Intermission, our friend Mary Jo West explains why love songs and Dr. Pepper don’t mix.

 

Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show!

 

 

2016 Classical Grammy award winners!

Feb 16, 2016

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards were last night. Here are the winners in the Classical Music category:

Best Orchestral Performance

“Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow - Symphony No. 10,” Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording

“Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade,” Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Isabel Leonard; Dominic Fyfe, producer (Saito Kinen Orchestra; SKF Matsumoto Chorus & SKF Matsumoto Children’s Chorus)

Best Choral Performance

Happy Valentine's Day from your friends at Classical IPR!

Your music hosts - Kate Botello, Meg Gruits, Amanda Sewell and Nancy Deneen - put together a playlist of some of our very favorite romantic music.

We hope you enjoy this Classical Valentine from our hearts to yours!


Christopher Williams is a choreographer, dancer, puppeteer and performance artist. Moving beyond simple dance steps, he calls himself an, "alchemist." He's just completed a residency at Interlochen Arts Academy preparing students for a challenging, innovative performance. IPR's Kate Botello sat down to talk with Christopher about his philosophy of movement and his project with the students.

Hear the project's accompanying music, "So Far, So Good," by composer Nico Muhly  - after the jump.


Have you had a chance to hear SHOW TUNES WITH KATE BOTELLO on Classical IPR? If not, now's your chance to catch up!

Show Tunes with Kate Botello is a weekly program highlighting the best of Broadway (and sometimes beyond)! We'll hear classic selections from our trove of Tony-winning vinyl records, and up-to-the-moment hits.

While the Musical Theatre Elves are hard at work on Season Two, we're giving you another chance to hear the first season. Tune in Sunday nights at 7pm on Classical IPR, or hear the entire archive right here. 

Season Two of SHOW TUNES WITH KATE BOTELLO launches March 7th on Classical IPR!

Lately, you've been asking - "What happened to Jim Cullum's Riverwalk Jazz on Saturday nights?"

We know that many of you loved the show, as did we!

Unfortunately, Riverwalk Jazz is no longer being distributed by Public Radio International.  There is, however, great news for Riverwalk fans: they've made every episode of the show available for you to stream any time you like!

Reconnect with Riverwalk Jazz : http://riverwalkjazz.stanford.edu/.

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!

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

UPDATE! You and the Academy have spoken - click to see the results!

Welcome to Episode 13 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: music in the family way, viewpoints on America, and a little Barbra goes down like buttah. At Intermission - SOUTH PACIFIC becomes South Pathetic in a war story from our friend Michael Burditt Norton! Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday night at 7pm, or listen any time right here.

 

Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show!

 


Welcome to Episode 12 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up on this week’s show: One ringy-dingy! - songs about the telephone, a tribute to Jerome Kern, and a listener’s ANNIE war story at Intermission.

 

Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday night at 7pm, or listen any time right here.

Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show!


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