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 the 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!

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Welcome to Elephant Week on IPR's Kids Commute! You wouldn't believe how much great classical music has been written about elephants - but we'll hear a bunch of it this week.

Today, we'll hear a segment of French composer Camille Saint-Saens "party piece," Carnival of the Animals.

Here's today's Kids Commute:

...and here's a video of musicians performing, "Elephants!"

Welcome to La Cenerentola Friday on IPR's Kids Commute! We hope you've enjoyed this week of Gioacchino Rossin's Italian opera based on the story of Cinderella.

Yesterday, the Prince and Dandini wondered when the real charming daughter of Don Magnifico would show up at the party. Well - of course she did, eventually! What would our fairy tale be without a, "happy ever after?"

Today, La Cenerentola shows her true goodness and sings, "Non piu mesta," - no more sadness!

Here's today's Kids Commute:


Kids Commute Episode 13: Zitto, zitto! Piano, piano! Prince Ramiro and his servant and friend Dandini (also dressed as a Prince) sneak off to the garden to gossip quietly.
Painting, by Friedrich Wilhelm von Schadow, 1830

Welcome to Day Four of La Cenerentola Week on IPR's Kids Commute! Yesterday, a bunch of footment showed up to invite the daughters of Don Magnifico to a dinner party.

Today, we meet Prince Ramiro and his buddy (and servant) Dandini. They've been at dinner with Clorinda and Tisbe, and sneak off to the garden to talk about how obnoxious they are. They don't want to get caught, so they keep reminding each other - "Zitto zitto! Piano piano!" - which is Italian for, "Shhhhh."

Kids Commute Episode 13 (Thursday, September 21, 2017) : Zitto, zitto! Piano, piano!

Here's today's Kids Commute:


Welcome to Day Three of La Cenerentola Week on IPR's Kids Commute! Today, an invitation, some bossing around...and some complaining!

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This week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio - let's go to the opera! Today, we continue with Part Two of Rossini's opera La Cenerentola

Yesterday, we met Angelina (otherwise known as La Cenerentola/Cinderella), singing to herself while her sisters, Clorinda and Tisbe, give her a hard time. Then.. a knock at the door! Who is it?

EPISODE 11 (Tuesday, September 19, 2017):
Un tantin di carita (a cup of charity)

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This week on IPR's Kids Commute, we're going to the opera! Don't worry if you don't speak Italian, because that opera is composer Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola - Cinderella! You know that story! (Pssst, just in case you don't, we'll have a link for you further down in this post.)

Today, we'll meet Angelina, otherwise known as Cenerentola (Italian for Cinderella). She sings a song to comfort herself while she cleans all day long.

Here's today's Kids Commute:


Kids Commute Mermaid Week! Rusalka, by Wilhelm Kotarbiński.
Painting: Rusalka, by Wilhelm Kotarbiński.

Here's Part Two of Mermaid Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids from Interlochen Public Radio!

Note: due to some changes in our website, from now on each Kids Commute episode will be in its own daily post, rather than combined into one weekly post.

EPISODE 9: Part of Your World (Friday, September 15, 2017)

This week on the Kids Commute - it's Mermaid Week! Come and search for treasure and pearls with us in the watery deep. Meet mermaids of all sorts, from all kinds of places!

EPISODE 7 - The Lovely Sirens (Wednesday, September 13, 2017)

People didn't always think of mermaids as lovely underwater ladies who spent all day pearl hunting. The Ancient Greeks thought of them as monsters, called, "sirens." Sirens were very nice to look at, and had beautiful singing voices...but they lured sailors to wreck their ships on rocks. American composer Stacy Garrop wrote, "The Lovely Sirens," as part of her Mythology Symphony -  it's music that shows both sides of our monster mermaids - beautiful singing that ends in a terrible shipwreck!

Here's today's Kids Commute:


Congratulations on your new school year, and welcome back to IPR's Kids Commute! Tune in to Classical IPR this morning at 7:40, or listen any time at the link below!

This week is "Back to School Week," on the Kids Commute.

EPISODE FOUR (Friday, September 8, 2017)

Today, we'll hear some music by composer John Williams from his score to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - meet Hagrid the Professor!

Here's today's Kids Commute:


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.