Kids Commute

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!

Answer our weekly Quizlet question correctly and win a Kids Commute Prize Pack! (By the way - if your kiddo is a particular genius with the quizlets - each kid is only eligible to win the prize pack once a month.) Text your answer with your name and address to (231) 237-7482!

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Ahoy, mateys! 'Tis Friday, the last day of Pirate Week on I-P-Arrrrrr! 

All week, we've been enjoying music dedicated to the scallywags of the high seas - pirates!

Today, we'll hear the Overture to the comic pirate opera, JOLLY ROGER, by English composer Walter Leigh.

Friday, December 15, 2017 (Ep. 69)
JOLLY ROGER: Overture
Walter Leigh

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KC Ep. 68 - "Drink Up Me Hearties, Yo Ho!" from PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: AT WORLD'S END. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Max Pixel

Ahoy, mateys, and welcome to Day Four of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music inspired by the scurvy seadog robbers of the high seas - pirates!

Today, music by composer Hans Zimmer from the third installment of PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN!

Thursday, December 14, 2017 (Ep. 68)
PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN - AT WORLD'S END: Drink Up Me Hearties, Yo Ho
Hans Zimmer

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KC EP. 66 - Pirate Week! Tuesday: "With Cat-Like Tread," from THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE by Gilbert & Sullivan. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Opera Australia's PIRATES

Avast, me hearties! 'Tis Day Two of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to music inspired by the scurvy robbers of the high seas!

Today, we'll hear some pirates try - and fail - to be quiet and sneaky in Gilbert & Sullivan's, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (Ep. 66)
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE: With Cat-Like Tread
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

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KC Ep. 65 - Pirate Week - Monday! ANNE OF THE INDIES, music by Franz Waxman. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical music for kids!
Original 1951 movie poster

Avast, me hearties, and Happy Monday! 'Tis the first day of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to music inspired by the scurvy robbers of the high seas!

Today, music inspired by the Dread Pirate Anne Bonney from the 1951 movie, ANNE OF THE INDIES.

Monday, December 11, 2017 (Ep. 65)
ANNE OF THE INDIES: Main Theme
Franz Waxman

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Kids Commute Episode 64 - Nutcracker Week - Friday! THE NUTCRACKER: "Final Waltz & Apotheosis." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Marie Patinio Sanchez, Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker

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

This week, we've been following the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet, THE NUTCRACKER.

Today, everybody dances one last, big dance together, and Clara goes home.

Friday, December 8, 2017
THE NUTCRACKER: Final Waltz & Apotheosis
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Kids Commute Ep.63 - Nutcracker Week - Thursday! "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," Var. 2 from THE NUTCRACKER. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Cpl. U. B. Roberts

Welcome to Day Four of Nutcracker Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're telling the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday ballet, THE NUTCRACKER. 

Today, the citizens of the Kingdom of Sweets dance for Clara, capped off by a performance by the Queen herself - The Sugar Plum Fairy.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 (Ep. 62)
THE NUTCRACKER: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Var. 2)
Peter Tchaikovsky

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Kids Commute Ep. 62 - Nutcracker Week: Wednesday! - A Pine Forest (Peter Tchaikovsky). Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Brett Pruitt, Waltz of the Snowflakes

Welcome to Day Three of Nutcracker Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday ballet, THE NUTCRACKER.

Today, the Nutcracker takes Clara on a sleigh ride through a magical forest full of giant trees and dancing snowflakes...and then undergoes a transformation!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 (Episode 62)
THE NUTCRACKER: A Pine Forest
Peter Tchaikovsky

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Welcome to Day Two of Nutcracker Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're following the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's famous holiday ballet.

Today, the Nutcracker gets into a big battle with the wicked Mouse King - and it's Clara to the rescue!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
THE NUTCRACKER: Battle with the Mouse King
Peter Tchaikovsky

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

All week, we've been hearing work inspired by our four-legged furry friends.

Today, we'll hear music from a movie about the most famous animal star of all time - Rin Tin Tin!

Friday, December 1, 2017 (Ep. 59)
Finding Rin Tin Tin
Stephen Edwards

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Welcome to Day Four of Doggie Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we're hearing music inspired by Man's (and Composer's) Four-Legged Best Friend.

Today, we'll hear an odd, funny piece by American composer George Crumb. Crumb wrote a suite of music for guitar called, "Mundus Canis," (Dog's World) about some of the Crumb family dogs.  Yoda, the dog for whom our music was written, was...kind of a troublemaker.

Thursday, November 30, 2017 (Ep. 58)
Mundus Canis: Yoda
George Crumb

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Kids Commute Ep. 57 - Doggie Week! Frederic Chopin's, "Little Dog Waltz." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids@
Frederic Chopin, 1873

Welcome to Day Three of Doggie Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week we're hearing music inspired by the four-legged friends of various composers.

Today, we'll hear what's commonly known as the, "Minute Waltz," - which is actually called, the, "Little Dog Waltz!"

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (Ep. 57)
The Little Dog Waltz (Minute Waltz)
Frederic Chopin

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Welcome to Day Two of Doggie Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week we're hearing music written in appreciation of Man's Fuzzy-Faced Best Friend: the dog!

Today, we'll hear, "Minimal Donkey," from the Dog Toy Suite by American composer Laurel Zucker.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (Ep. 56)
Dog Toy Suite: Minimal Donkey
Laurel Zucker

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Happy Monday! Welcome to Doggie Week on Kids Commute. This week we'll hear music written in appreciation of Man's Four-Legged Furry Best Friend.

Today, we'll hear some music by American composer George Gershwin, for the 1937 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie, "Shall We Dance?"

Monday, November 27, 2017 (Ep. 55)
SHALL WE DANCE? Promenade/Walking the Dog
George Gershwin

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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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