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!

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

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

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

 

 


 

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are celebrating young voices from around the world! 

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

Today, we'll hear a beautiful Zulu love song performed by the Children of Agape Choir of South Africa.

Thursday, October 12, 2017, Ep. 28
Pigogo
Children of Agape Choir of South Africa

 

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

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are celebrating young voices from around the world.

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

Today, we'll travel to Austria to hear the Vienna Boys' Choir perform the, "Chit-Chat" Polka by Johann Strauss II.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Ep. 27
The Tritsch-Tratsch (Chit-Chat) Polka
Vienna Boys' Choir

 

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Welcome to Day Two of Young Voices Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we are celebrating young voices from around the world! 

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

Today, American composer Stephen Hatfield celebrates the power of women's voices with, "Uberlebensgross," which means, "larger than life."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Ep. 26
Uberlebensgross
Stephen Hatfield
Boston Children's Chorus

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Welcome to Young Voices Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids!  

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are celebrating young voices from around the world.

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

Today, we'll meet the wonderful Young People's Chorus of NYC performing a song about a brave mongoose - Riki Tikki Tavi!

Monday, October 9, 2017
Riki Rikki Tavi by Faraualla
Young People's Chorus of NYC
Francisco Nuñez, Director

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

Today, we'll go on an 18th Century hunting trip with Antonio Vivaldi's final movement of Autumn from The Four Seasons.

Friday, October 6, 2017
The Four Seasons, Autumn, Allegro 
Antonio Vivaldi

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Welcome to Day Four of IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! Yesterday, we went to a big harvest party in the first movement of Antonio Vivaldi's Autumn, from The Four Seasons. With all that dancing and singing, we might need a nap!

Thursday, October 4, 2017
Kids Commute Episode 23
Autumn, The Four Seasons, Adagio (Second Movement)

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Kids Commute Episode 22: Autumn Allegro (first movement), by Antonio Vivaldi. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Painting: La Festa Della Vendemmia, Raffaello Sorbi

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

Today, we're going to begin listening to Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi's concerto, Autumn. This recording features violinist Anne Akiko Meyers playing the violin. In our music, people have a big party, and then a nap - listen for the way Meyers makes the violin sound, "sleepy!"

Kids Commute Episode 22
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Autumn, first movement
Antonio Vivaldi

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Welcome to Day Two of Autumn Week on IPR's Kids Commute! Today, we'll hear music written for Autumn in the port city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Astor Piazzolla
Otoño Porteño Tango

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Welcome to Autumn Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Today, we'll visit Alexander Glazunov's ballet, The Seasons.

Imagine a big party where all the seasons are the people that attend...and Autumn shows up to scatter leaves everywhere!

Monday, October 2, 2017:
Alexander Glazunov
The Seasons
Autumn Bacchanale

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Happy Friday!! Welcome to Day Five of Elephant Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Today, we attend the coronation of the King of the Elephants!

Friday, September 29, 2017
Kids Commute Episode 19: The Coronation of Babar by French composer Francis Poulenc

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Welcome to Day Four of Elephant Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Episode 18 (Thursday, September 28): Circus Polka - for a Young Elephant, by Igor Stravinsky

Today, we'll hear music for an elephant extravaganza - a ballet for fifty ballerinas and fifty elephants!

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

Today, we'll hear a delightful little concoction from American composer Henry Mancini. The music is from the 1962 movie, Hatari! about a group of trackers that gather animals in the wild for zoos. 

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