Morning Classical

Monday - Friday, 7am to 10am on Classical IPR

Join Kate Botello on Classical IPR weekday mornings from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. Tune in for a wide variety of classical music with an occasionally eclectic bent - you might catch a show tune or a jazz standard here and there!

Kate also blogs about the birthdays of famous composers, offbeat facts in Classical music and other points of interest.  She hosts musical guests, interviews, and regularly invites expert community members to join her on-air to share their knowledge and love of music.

Kate's Morning Classical program has some regular features during the week, including -

Monday - Friday, 7:40 a.m. - The Kids' Commute

Tune in for classical music aimed to educate and entertain the younglings, trapped in the car on the way to school. Find out more about The Kids' Commute!

Tuesday mornings, 9:00 a.m. - Short Suites

Each Tuesday, Kate plays a "Short Suite" - two pieces of music that go together, in one way or the other.  Submit your own idea or learn more about Short Suites.

Wednesday mornings, 9:00 a.m. - Long Play Wednesday

Luxuriate in a full symphony or a nice, long concerto to help you get through Hump Day.

Friday mornings before 10:00 a.m. - Friday Dance Party!

Kickstart your weekend with the last piece of music that Kate plays on Friday mornings - dance tunes by way of the Renaissance, symphonic dances, or folk dance suites.

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Festival Preview
10:53 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Upcoming Interlochen Festival Highlights: Chris Gruits

The World Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform in Kresge Auditorium this Sunday, July 6 at 8pm.

Chris Gruits, Executive Director of Interlochen Presents, is dropping by Classical IPR twice a week to give updates on upcoming events at the Interlochen Festival.

In today's chat, he fills us in about the upcoming WYSO concert featuring Guest Conductor Carlos Kalmar and Pianist Alessio Bax, and a visit from The Capitol Steps.

For information about all Interlochen Festival Events, visit: tickets.

Interlochen Presents Executive Director Chris Gruits talks with Kate Botello about upcoming events at the Interlochen Festival for the week ending July 6, 2014.

Live from Studio A
1:35 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Top Brass: US Airmen of Note

US Airmen of Note perform Live in IPR's Studio A

Well, this was a new one for Studio A:  a room full of musicians who can assemble and disassemble a saxophone and an M-16 rifle.  The US Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force Band came by to play us some cool arrangements and chat about life as full-time military musicians.

The US Airmen of note play Charlie Parker's, "Segments" and a nifty arrangement of Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow" live in Studio A. (Personnel: MSgt Tyler Kuebler- Lead Alto and Music Director; MSgt Andy Axelrad - 2nd Alto; TSgt Tedd Baker 1st Tenor; TSgt Grant Langford -2nd Tenor; MSgt Doug Morgan Baritone Sax.

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Live from Studio A
2:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Elegant Tuba: Carol Jantsch

Ellen Sommer-Bottorf, accompanist (left) and Carol Jantsch (right), performed "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" Live in Studio A.

Carol Jantsch is known for elevating tuba playing to performance art (she's performed Flight of the Bumblebee in full bee suit and advertised her first tuba CD with a rap video). She is also the first woman to hold a Principal Tuba Chair among major orchestras in the United States (in this case, the Philadelphia Orchestra). Jantsch is at Interlochen this week, teaching the Tuba and Trombone Institute.

Jantsch says she thinks of herself as a musician first, and a tuba player second, and she's interested in playing pieces not originally intended for the tuba.  She visited Studio A with accompanist Ellen Sommer-Bottorf and performed a wonderful rendition of Debussy's, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.  If you think the tuba is nothing more than a background instrument that goes oom-pa-pa - you're in for an elegant surprise.

Carol Jantsch, Principal Tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra, performs Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun," Live from IPR's Studio A. Joining her: accompanist Ellen Sommer-Bottorff.

Live from Studio A
2:22 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

French Horn: William VerMeulen

Houston Symphony Principal French Horn, William VerMeulen, visits Studio A. (Bill's on the right, at left, his accompanist, Victor Cayres.)

William VerMeulen has had a life full of connections to Interlochen.  His mother came here to attend Music Camp and play the cello in the 1940's, and later, was a participant in our Adult Chamber Music Camp.  He attended Interlochen as a Camper, and then later, as an Academy Student.  He even worked in food service in the cafeteria, and eventually spent three years as an Academy Horn Instructor.  "I've done," he says, " everything you could do at Interlochen, and now to be back is a thrill."

William VerMeulen, Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, returns to IAA this week to lead the French Horn Institute. He performs Michael Conway Baker's, "Remembrances," for French Horn and Piano, Live in Studio A.

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Guest Host, Morning Classical
5:40 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

BONUS TRACKS: TSO Civic Ensembles Conductor Lynne Tobin Shares Favorites For Upcoming Season

Lynne Tobin

Lynne Tobin,  Director of the Traverse City Civic Ensembles, spent an early morning hour in Studio B co-hosting an early hour with Kate Botello. Lynne brought great music with her, including highlights from the upcoming holiday concert season. She even brought us a double-header Kids' Commute!

TSO Civic Ensembles Conductor and Director Lynne Tobin shares favorites from the upcoming season, live on Morning Classical.

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