Kids Commute

Kids Commute is brought to you in part by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, celebrating their 65th year.

Join Classical IPR's 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.

Here's the basic idea - it's likely you're listening to Classical IPR in the car while driving your kids to school. If so, they're what we like to call the, "captive audience." Kate selects music for their education and (hopefully!) enjoyment.

On Kids Commute, we explore Classical music by different themes - Mermaids, Opera, Elephants - everything you can think of! We'll explore ballets, their stories, and the music that goes along with them ("Sleeping Beauty," and "Cinderella," for instance), along with time-honored classics like Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf."

Join us weekday mornings for the Kids Commute - no Kid or Commute required!

About the Kids Commute Quizlet:
Every week, we'll ask the kiddos a trivia question related to that week's theme. We'll give hints all week to help them figure out the answer! Send answers to the Quizlet in a text message with your name and address to (231) 237-7482. If the answer is right, we'll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack! Please note - in order to ensure there are enough Prize Packs for everybody, each kid is eligible to win once every thirty days.

Hear your kids' voices on Kids Commute. Find out how.

Kate loves to hear from kids. Send her feedback, or make a request.

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 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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Welcome to Day Two of Spooky Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we're serving up some eerie Halloween-themed musical treats.

Today we'll hear music from the scary citizens of Halloween Town in the film THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.  They may be scary folks, but they want you to know they're not mean - they're just doing their jobs!

By the way, singing lead as Jack Skellington, the Halloween King, is the composer himself - Danny Elfman.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 (Episode 36)
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: This is Halloween
Danny Elfman

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Welcome to Spooky Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids! It's the week before Halloween, so, we'll be serving up some eerie tunes every day!

Today, music for dancing skeletons. According to an old French superstition, Death plays the fiddle on Halloween night, and all the skeletons rise from their graves to dance! Then, the rooster crows, and with the dawn, they all go back underground.

Monday, October 23, 2017 (Episode 35)
Danse Macabre
Camille Saint-Saens

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Kids Commute Episode 34: "Street in a Frontier Town," from Aaron Copland's Ballet, BILLY THE KID. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
One of the two only known photos of Billy the Kid!

Happy Friday! Welcome to the Day Five of Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! Today, we'll answer our Quizlet and wind up Old West Week with more ballet music from American composer Aaron Copland.

Friday, October 20, 2017 (Episode 34)
Billy the Kid: Street in a Frontier Town
Aaron Copland

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Kids Commute Episode 33 - Old West Week: "On the Trail," by Ferde Grofe. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
The Grand Canyon Mule Trail

Welcome to Day Four of Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids!

Today, we'll mosey (and sometimes rush!) down the Grand Canyon with American composer Ferde Grofé.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 (Episode 33)
The Grand Canyon Suite: On the Trail
Ferde Grofé

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Kids Commute Episode 32 - Old West Week! THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY, by Ennio Morricone. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Original Italian movie poster

Welcome to Day Three of Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids!

Today, we'll hear some, "Spaghetti Western," music by Italian composer Ennio Morricone, from the 1966 movie, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY. Keep your ears open for some of the cool and kooky things he does with the human voice as an instrument!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (Ep. 32)
Theme: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Ennio Morricone

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Kids Commute Episode 31 - Old West Week! "Hoedown," from RODEO, by Aaron Copland. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Cowgirl, circa 1900

Welcome to Day Two of Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids!

Today, we'll hear a selection from an Old West ballet, by composer Aaron Copland.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (Ep. 31)
"Hoedown," from Rodeo
Aaron Copland

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Welcome to Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we'll ride across a range of music inspired by the American West!

Today, we'll hear music from a 1960 movie about seven cowboys based on a movie about seven Japanese warriors!

Monday, October 16, 2017 (Ep. 30)
Theme: The Magnificent Seven
Elmer Bernstein

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Kids Commute Episode 29, Young Voices Week -  Bruce, from Matilda: The Musical. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Roderick Eime

Happy Friday! Welcome to the last day of Young Voices Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

The music throughout the week featured children’s choirs singing songs from different cultures and in different languages.

Today, we'll take a trip to England, and a school with the worst headmistress ever. The Broadway cast of Matilda: The Musical performs.

Friday, October 13, 2017, Ep. 29
Matilda the Musical
Bruce
Original Broadway Cast

 

 


 

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