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

Just after this morning’s 9 o’clock news, we heard a concerto that Antonio Vivaldi wrote for an instrument of the Baroque era that has a set of resonating strings under the fingerboard.  What is the name of this instrument?

Answer: Viola d’amore

This morning we heard tenor Roberto Alagna in a famous aria from an opera by Giacomo Puccini.  “Che gelida manina” is sung by Rodolfo to Mimi when they first meet in which Puccini opera?

Answer: La bohème

This morning we heard tenor Roberto Alagna in a famous aria from an opera by Giacomo Puccini.  “Che gelida manina” is sung by Rodolfo to Mimi when they first meet in which Puccini opera?

Answer: La bohème

What is the title of the exuberant concert overture by Hector Berlioz that’s based on themes from his opera “Benvenuto Cellini”?  (We heard a performance of it this morning by Leonard Slatkin and the Lyon National Orchestra.)

Answer: Roman Carnival Overture

This morning we heard a portion of a piano concerto whose Italian author became court composer to Austria’s Emperor Joseph II in 1774.  Both the play and the movie, “Amadeus”, would have us believe he was a wrathful schemer who poisoned Mozart.  Who is he?

Answer: Antonio Salieri

This morning, we have another question about music connected to Greek mythology. Earlier, we played a symphonic poem by Saint-Saens illustrating the story of Hercules when he served as a slave to the Lydian queen, Omphale.  Hercules was forced to wear women’s clothes.  And, according to this legend, he was assigned the task of working at what kind of machine?

Answer: A spinning wheel

British pianist Peter Jacobs played some pieces this morning by a prolific French composer who began writing music at an early age.  As a child, she even played some of her compositions for Georges Bizet, who apparently called this prodigy a “little Mozart.”  Who is this female composer and concert pianist from France whose works largely fell by the wayside in the second half of the 20th century?

Answer: Cécile Chaminade

“A joyous outpouring” is how one writer described the opening of a magnificent and stirring sacred choral work by Johann Sebastian Bach.  It’s a piece on a titanic scale, and this morning we played just the work’s first six-and-a-half minutes.  What is the title of this piece by Bach -- one of his final compositions, widely considered one of his crowning achievements?

Answer: Mass in B Minor

“King for a Day” is the title of an operatic comedy that flopped at its La Scala premiere, but success followed in subsequent performances at Rome and Naples.  It’s the second opera of which famous Italian opera composer of the 19th century?

Answer: Giuseppe Verdi

A Chicago composer is responsible for one of the holiday selections we played this morning.  The author of “Love Came Down at Christmas” was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and he served as organist of the Cathedral of St. James in Chicago for 37 years. Who is this “Dean of American Church Music” who spent most of his adult life in Chicago?

Answer: Leo Sowerby