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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
March 1, 2019
André Previn, the four-time Oscar-winning composer, conductor, and pianist, died yesterday at his home in New York. He was 89. A remarkably versatile musician, Mr. Previn was a pianist of the highest caliber, and an example of that we heard this morning was his haunting setting of a standard by George Gershwin. What’s the title of the Gershwin ballad that André Previn played with bassist David Finck?
Answer: The Man I Love
February 28, 2019
Following the 8 o’clock news this morning, we heard a performance by a musician who lost nearly all of her hearing by age 12. Rather than isolating her, it has given her a unique connection to her music. Who is this Grammy-winning Scottish percussionist and composer who once said her real aim in life is to teach the world to listen?
Answer: Evelyn Glennie
February 27, 2019
Although the Flute Concerto in G we heard earlier this morning may bear the title “concerto” it is not for a solo instrument and orchestra, but for an instrumental ensemble. The man who wrote it lived to be 86 years of age. His long life covered the careers of Bach and Handel, and stretched down to the years when Haydn composed forty of his symphonies. Who is this prolific composer of the Baroque era?
Answer: Georg Philipp Telemann
February 26, 2019
Vladimir Horowitz played one of his favorite encore pieces on today’s edition of the Morning Program: Chopin’s Polonaise in A-flat, opus 53. It’s one of numerous examples of Chopin paying homage to his native Poland. What is the nickname of this piece that exploits the spirit and power of the piano?
February 25, 2019
This morning at 7:30, Carl Grapentine devoted his Almanac to a celebration of the birthday of a British pianist who organized some 1,700 free lunchtime concerts for Londoners during World War II, in the years of nightly air raids. We heard her playing Brahms with violinist Isaac Stern and cellist Pablo Casals. Who is this pianist for whom a weekly concert series, broadcast live on WFMT, is named?
Answer: This morning at 7:30, Carl Grapentine devoted his Almanac to a celebration of the birthday of a British pianist who organized some 1,700 free lunchtime concerts for Londoners during World War II, in the years of nightly air raids. We heard her playing Brahms with violinist Isaac Stern and cellist Pablo Casals. Who is this pianist for whom a weekly ...
February 22, 2019
Salamone Rossi was an Italian Jewish violinist and composer who set a number of Hebrew texts to music. His madrigals resemble those of his contemporary, Monteverdi. This morning the Brooklyn Philharmonic played a suite of Rossi pieces, an homage by a 20th century American composer to this Jewish musical innovator. Who wrote the “Salamone Rossi Suite”, dedicating it to the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, of which he was the music director in the 1970s?
Answer: Lukas Foss
February 21, 2019
In this week leading up to the 2019 Academy Awards, we played music this morning by Sergei Prokofiev who became one of the first composers of international repute to write music for films. We heard selections from the score Prokofiev provided for a 1934 Soviet comedy film which tells the story of a non-existent soldier. He’s provided an identity, a heroic military background, a wife, and even a funeral which the Czar attends lamenting the loss of such a hero. What’s the title of this film?
Answer: Lieutenant Kijé
February 20, 2019
It’s a ballet that premiered in 1958 in what is now the Mariinsky Theatre, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The famous story of a slave rebellion, “Spartacus” is a ballet score known for its lively rhythms and strong energy. But, by far, the best known excerpt is a slow, heart-rending passage called the “Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia”. Who composed “Spartacus”?
Answer: Aram Khachaturian
February 19, 2019
Percy Grainger, the Australian-born composer who lived in our country for most of his life and became a U.S. citizen, made an exotic arrangement of a piano piece by Maurice Ravel for tuneful percussion and strings. "Valley of the Bells" is one of the five movements of a suite by Ravel that also contains "Moths", "Sad Birds", "A Boat on the Ocean", and "Alborada del gracioso". What’s the title of this suite?
Answer: "Miroirs" ("Mirrors")
February 18, 2019
This morning we featured music for violin and orchestra in honor of Black History Month in February. It was a piece by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, who grew up in England, and began his career as a composer at the Royal College of Music. Coleridge-Taylor spent his career strengthening bonds between people of African descent. Which violinist played his "Romance"?
Answer: Rachel Barton Pine