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

“The March of the Siamese Children” is a delightful musical moment in the first act of a show by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, which was a huge hit on Broadway.  What is the name of this musical set in Siam, the country now known as Thailand?

Answer: The King and I

“Iberia” by Isaac Albéniz is not only a picture postcard of Spain; it manages to capture the country’s spiritual essence.  This morning we heard an orchestral version of one of the pieces from “Iberia” that is named for the gypsy quarter in Seville, one of the cradles of flamenco music.  What is the title of this piece from “Iberia” by Isaac Albéniz?

Answer: Triana

This morning, violinist Nicola Benedetti played the finale of a work written for her instrument and orchestra by German composer Max Bruch.  It’s named for Nicola’s homeland, though Bruch never visited the country of the title until three years after he composed the piece.  What is this signature work for violin and orchestra by Max Bruch?

Answer: Scottish Fantasy

The chamber orchestra Tafelmusik played a Christmas concerto earlier this hour.  The concerto’s final pastoral movement is intended to suggest the shepherds at Bethlehem.  Who is the Baroque-era author of this Christmas concerto?

Answer: Pietro Locatelli

It’s Beethoven’s birthday.  We included this morning some essential Beethoven played by a stalwart of the Austrian music scene, along with the Vienna Philharmonic: the final movement of a Beethoven concerto that was a great critical success for the composer.  Name the soloist or the title of this piece by Beethoven that was premiered two days before Christmas in 1806.

Answer: Wolfgang Schneiderhan; Violin Concerto in D

Right after the 9 o’clock news this morning, we heard a Prelude by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi.  It’s from 1928, though Respighi based it on music from the 17th century.  It introduces movements titled ‘The dove’, ‘The hen’, ‘The Nightingale’, and ‘The Cuckoo’.  What’s the name of this suite by Respighi?

Answer: The Birds

Earlier, we heard Mozart played by a pianist who turns 71 later this month.  Born in a seaside town near Tokyo, she was raised in Austria, became a citizen of the U.K., and is much admired for her interpretations of Mozart and Schubert.  Who is she?

Answer: Mitsuko Uchida

Second to Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto, the music he wrote for a five-act allegorical drama by Henrik Ibsen remains his most popular.  Earlier on the Morning Program, we played one of the suites that Grieg assembled from the 23 numbers he created for Ibsen’s theater piece.  What is the play’s title?

Answer: Peer Gynt

In the U.K. he’s known as “Mister Christmas.”  One of the world’s most successful and most-performed living composers, he possesses a remarkable instinct for vocal melody.  What’s the name of this British writer of popular contemporary carols whose “I wish you Christmas” we heard earlier?

Answer: John Rutter

Carl Maria von Weber lived a full and astonishingly productive life until his early death at the age of 39 after the premiere of his last opera, whose overture we heard earlier.  What is the name of this rarely staged opera that had its premiere at Covent Garden in 1826?

Answer: Oberon