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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Welcome to Day Three of BATTALIA WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to German composer Heinrich Biber's 1673 compassionate musical representation of a battle. We say, "compassionate," because Biber musically describes the hearts and minds of the soldiers as they prepare for war.

Today's music is no exception - we follow the soldiers' feet with a fuzzy bass (a sound created by weaving paper through the strings) and their hearts with the violin.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (Ep. 142)
LA BATTALIA: The March
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

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BATTALIA WEEK! Soldiers at a campfire
C. Tucker Beckett, 1916

Welcome to Day Two of BATTALIA WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to Heinrich Biber's  compassionate (and sometimes funny) musical interpretation of a battle.

Today, we'll hear two short pieces. The first, "The Profligate Society of Common Humor," features a bunch of nationalistic songs crashing into each other, followed by the, "Presto," with excited soldiers checking their pocket watches,  waiting for the battle to start.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (Ep. 141)
LA BATTALIA: The Profligate Society of Common Humor/Presto
Heinrich Biber

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This week's composer, Heinrich Biber (1644-1704)
Engraving by Paulus Seel, 1681

Happy Monday! Welcome to LA BATTALIA WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing a groundbreaking piece by German Baroque composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. He created a musical representation of a battle from start to finish, and even invented new techniques for musicians to use to create the sounds he was looking for.

Today, we'll hear the introduction/first movement of LA BATTALIA. It sets up the piece, and includes the sound of soldiers marching to the battlefield.

Monday, April 23, 2018 (Ep. 140)
LA BATTALIA: Sonata
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

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Happy Friday! Welcome to the last day of WOMEN COMPOSERS WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're celebrating the work of living composers.

Today, we'll hear a recent work from a living - and very busy! - composer, who does a lot of work in film: Rachel Portman.

Friday, April 20, 2018 (Ep. 139)
A DOG'S PURPOSE: Bailey
Rachel Portman

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Welcome to Day Four of WOMEN COMPOSERS WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week we're celebrating the work of women composers - many of whom worked at a time when, "composer," was a job title only available to men.

Today, we'll hear a work by Clara Schumann!

Thursday, April 19, 2018 (Ep. 138)
Piano Trio in G minor: Scherzo (Movement II)
Clara Schumann

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Welcome to Day Three of WOMEN COMPOSERS WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, the ladies take the lead as we celebrate the work of women composers.

Today, we'll meet Fanny Mendelssohn - a German composer with a famous brother (Felix), who sometimes put his name on her work because she couldn't publish it under her own!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (Ep. 137)
Bergeslust (Joy in the Mountains)
Fanny Mendelssohn

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Welcome to Day Two of WOMEN COMPOSERS WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're celebrating the work of women composers, many of whom lived in a time when composing music was considered a job for men.

Today, we'll hear the third movement from the Symphony in E minor by Florence Price. Keep your ears open for the slide whistle - not something you'd necessarily imagine hearing in a symphony!

Tuesday, April 17 2018 (Ep. 136)
Symphony in E minor: Movement III
Florence Price

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Happy Monday! Welcome to WOMEN COMPOSERS WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're letting the ladies take the helm as we listen to work by women composers.

Today, we'll hear a piano work by Amy Marcy Cheney Beach.

Monday, April 16 2017 (Ep. 135)
Fireflies
Amy Beach

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Nymphs and shepherds dance in today's music by Antonio Vivaldi.
Painting, by Camille Corot (Dance of the Nymphs)

Happy Friday! And welcome to the last day of SPRING WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to music about Springtime from composers across the world.

Today, we'll finish up with the final movement Antonio Vivaldi's, "Spring," from THE FOUR SEASONS.

Friday, April 13, 2018 (Ep. 134)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Spring (Movement III Allegro)
Antonio Vivaldi

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In today's music by Vivaldi, a goatherd takes a name under a leafy bower with his faithful dog.
Painting, by Philipp Peter Roos, from the Slovak National Gallery

Welcome to Day Four of SPRING WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're celebrating Spring with music written about the season by composers around the world.

Today, we continue our visit to Italy with composer Antonio Vivaldi!

Thursday, April 12, 2018 (Ep. 133)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Spring (Movement II - Largo)
Antonio Vivaldi

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Welcome to Day Three of SPRING WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're celebrating the season with music by composers across the world.

Today (and for the rest of the week), we travel to Italy in the year 1725. Composer Antonio Vivaldi wrote a set of sonnets about the seasons, and music to go with them!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (Ep. 132)
The Four Seasons: Spring (1st movement)
Antonio Vivaldi

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The Primavera Porte&ntildeo Tango, by Astor Piazzolla
Prayitno Hadinata, FLICKR

Welcome to Day Two of SPRING WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're celebrating the season with composers across the world.

Today, we travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Springtime tango by composer Astor Piazzolla.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (Ep. 131)
Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Primavera Porteño 
Astor Piazzolla

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Ballet: An Illustrated History by Mary Clarke and Clement Crisp

Happy Monday! Welcome to the first day of SPRING WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're welcoming Spring with music inspired by the season from composers all over the world!

Today, we head to Russia for Alexander Glazunov's ballet, The Seasons.

Monday, April 9, 2018 (Ep. 130)
THE SEASONS: Spring
Alexander Glazunov

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Happy Friday, and welcome to the last day of 21ST CENTURY WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

All week, we've been asking, "what's new?" as we explore the work of living composers.

Today, we'll hear Stephen Hartke's, "Celebrations," from, "Meanwhile," a set of music written for puppet shows...that don't exist!

Special thanks to Eighth Blackbird percussionist Matthew Duvall for providing us with today's introduction!

Friday, April 6, 2018 (Ep. 129)
Meanwhile: Celebrations
Eighth Blackbird

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Welcome to Day Four of 21st CENTURY WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're asking, "What's new?" and celebrating music written recently, by living composers.

Today, we'll hear what happens when rock music turns into chamber music!

Thursday, April 5, 2018 (Ep. 128)
Radiohead: Paranoid Android
Sybarite5

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Eleanor Roosevelt, 1933
Library of Congress

Welcome to Day Two of 21st CENTURY WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we'll hear music written by living composers, and talk about what's new to music in each composition.

Today, we'll hear the musical meandering thoughts of Eleanor Roosevelt - First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 (Ep. 126)
In Eleanor's Words: An Anonymous Letter
Stacy Garrop

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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!

Friday, September 22, 2017 (Ep. 14) - encore rebroadcast Friday, March 23, 2018
LA CENERENTOLA
Non Piu Mesta
Gioacchino Rossini

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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 - encore rebroadcast March 22, 2018) 

LA CENERENTOLA
Zitto, zitto! Piano, piano!
Gioacchino Rossini

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

Ep. 12 Encore rebroadcast March 21, 2018
O Figlie Amabili/Cenerentola, vien qua!
LA CENERENTOLA
Gioacchino Rossini

 

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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 - encore rebroadcast March 20, 1018):
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.

Encore broadcast March 19, 2018
LA CENERENTOLA: Una volta c'era un re
Gioachino Rossini

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Welcome to the final day of MARCH WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we've been learning about Great American Marches with your fellow Kids Commuter, Maya. Many thanks to Maya for coming by the studio! Didn't she do a great job?

Today, we're going to hear a march that features a special Trio section (remember, Maya called it, "the part that gets stuck in your head!") - the Interlochen school song, "Sound the Call!" (If you want to sing along - the lyrics are after the jump.)

Friday, March 16, 2018 (Ep. 124)
The Interlochen Bowl
Edwin Franko Goldman

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Welcome to Day Four of MARCH WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to Great American Marches along with your fellow Kids Commuter, Maya.

Today, we'll hear a famous march that involves...golf?

Thursday, March 15, 2018 (Ep. 123)
Colonel Bogey's March
Kenneth J. Alford (Lieutenant F.J. Ricketts)

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Meredith Wilson, composer of THE MUSIC MAN, in 1942
NBC Radio

Welcome to Day Three of March Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're learning about Great American Marches.

Today, a march about a march...sung by a very persuasive salesman - Professor Harold Hill, from Meredith Wilson's, THE MUSIC MAN.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (Ep. 122)
THE MUSIC MAN: Seventy-Six Trombones
Meredith Wilson

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Welcome to Day Two of March Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to Great American Marches with your fellow Kids Commuter, Maya!

Today, we're reviewing our knowledge of march form with Maya, and hearing a rollicking march for the circus.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (Ep. 121)
The Circus Bee
James Henry Fillmore

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