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

A question about Leonard Bernstein, whose centenary Classical WFMT and the music world are observing this month: Bernstein was born in 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts to Ukrainian/Jewish immigrants. But this renowned composer, conductor, and educator’s original first name was not Leonard! He changed his name to Leonard when he was 16 years old. What was Leonard Bernstein’s original birth name?

Answer: Louis

Tonight and tomorrow night at the Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park, 25-year-old Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrández will be the soloist in one of the 20th century’s great concertos, created by the collaboration of a genius composer — Sergei Prokofiev— with a genius musician, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who even wrote certain pages himself. What’s the name of this piece by Prokofiev on the Grant Park program tonight and tomorrow night?

Answer: Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante, also known as the Symphony-Concerto, or Cello Symphony.

One of the world’s great pianists, Yuja Wang, who performed Beethoven last month with Gustavo Dudamel and the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia, is featured tonight at 10 on our next broadcast of Carnegie Hall Live. After childhood piano studies in China, Yuja Wang studied at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, and she also spent part of a summer at a one-of-a-kind professional music conservatory for young artists right here in the Chicago area. What is the name of that unique summer program for young professional musicians?

Answer: Yuja Wang took part in Ravinia’s Steans Institute during the summer of 2004.

Antonio Vivaldi, the renowned Baroque violinist and composer, became a Catholic priest at age 25. Vivaldi, who wrote The Four Seasons, also acquired a nickname because of his hair color. What’s that nickname?

Answer: Vivaldi was known as “The Red Priest” because he had red hair.

Baritone Thomas Hampson and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni are giving a recital at Ravinia’s Martin Theatre tonight at 7:30 pm called “No Tenors Allowed.” How are Hampson and Pisaroni related?

Answer: Pisaroni is Hampson’s son-in-law.

All this month on classical WFMT, we join the rest of the musical world in honoring Leonard Bernstein in this month of his centenary. Berstein studied at Harvard and Curtis where he was the only conducting student to get an "A" from which famous conductor?

  1. George Szell
  2. William Steinberg
  3. Otto Klemperer
  4. Fritz Reiner

Answer: Fritz Reiner

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