Mornings with Dennis Moore

Weekdays, 6:00 am-10:00 am
Dennis Moore

Get a great start to your weekday mornings with great music.

Dennis Moore always has an eclectic mix of classical music to accompany your weekday mornings. Whether you’re at work, relaxing at home or are out-and-about, Dennis plays the perfect soundtrack to help jump start your week. Dennis joined the WFMT announcing staff in 1990 after being a regular listener to the station via cable during his ten years as music director of WMFE in Orlando, Florida. Dennis has worn many hats at WFMT: as program director, announcer, host of Music in Chicago, the Dame Myra Hess Concerts, concerts from Northeastern Illinois University, and special broadcast events including the Aspen Music Festival. Dennis is active making music around town (and in Reykjavik, Iceland and Malibu, California, among other locations) as a pianist with his partner, violinist Sara Su Jones.

Dennis's Morning Quiz

“Walking Tune” is the title of a lovely piece written while its Australian-born maverick composer was hiking in Scotland.  Our mystery composer collected folk songs, and his most famous composition, “Country Gardens”, made him a wealthy man.  Who wrote “Walking Tune”?

Answer: Percy Grainger

Born in China in 1987, today’s mystery artist was encouraged by her parents to make music at a young age.  She has risen to the top of the classical music world as an internationally recognized concert pianist, and this past Sunday she dazzled an Orchestra Hall audience with her amazing artistry.  Earlier, we heard her play two pieces by Alexander Scriabin.  Who is she?

Answer: Yuja Wang

Johannes Brahms composed a choral work shortly after his mother died using scriptures from the Old and New Testaments that speak of comfort and consolation.  What is the title of this very personal sacred music of Brahms that includes “How Lovely are Thy Dwellings”?

Answer: A German Requiem

Earlier, Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra played for us the “Three Wonders” of the magical city of Ledenetz, and the ultra-famous “Flight of the Bumblebee.”  Both are excerpts from an opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, based on a story by the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.  What is the title of this opera?

Answer: The Tale of Tsar Saltan

This morning, Riccardo Muti led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in music from an opera by Italian composer Pietro Mascagni who was twenty-seven years old when his work won a publisher’s prize as the best opera of 1890.  We heard Muti and the CSO in one of the most attractive tunes from that opera: the ‘Intermezzo’ connecting the opera’s two scenes.  What is the title of this opera by Mascagni?

Answer: Cavalleria Rusticana

“Hello, Young Lovers” is from a 1951 hit by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.  We heard pianist Stephen Hough play an arrangement of this charming, wistful love song, which is from what Broadway musical?

Answer: The King and I

Today on the Morning Program, we heard mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore in Maurice Ravel’s “La flûte enchantée” (“The enchanted flute”) with Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra.  What is the title of the ravishingly exotic song cycle from which “La flute enchantée” comes?  (Here’s a hint:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov wrote a work of the same name that Ravel admired.)

Answer: Shéhérazade

This morning, we heard one of the so-called “Dresden Concertos” of a German musician who was well known and respected as a composer and theorist in the Baroque era, but his name would not have been recognized by most classical music listeners until scholar and conductor Reinhard Goebel began championing his music during the 1990s.  Who wrote this sprightly and colorful “Dresden Concerto”?

Answer: Johann David Heinichen

Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz gave the world twelve musical impressions of his native country titled “Iberia”.  The part we heard this morning (played by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) evokes the gypsy quarter of Seville.  What is the title of this piece from “Iberia”?

Answer: Triana

Today on the Morning Program we heard the glorious and matchless voice of Mirella Freni who died yesterday at her home in Modena, Italy at the age of 84.  Ms. Freni gave a ravishing performance of French opera; she sang an aria that’s routinely performed in concert, but the opera is rarely staged.  Name either the title of the aria or the title of the opera from which it comes.

Answer: “Depuis le jour” from Charpentier’s “Louise”

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