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Chris Mohr

Host - Classical Music from Aspen

Chris Mohr began composing a major oratorio at the age of 12, and his music drama From the Realm of the Shadow has been released on Naxos Records and performed in 2013 in New York at the Riverside Church Theatre. He has been a classical radio announcer since 1978. Along with his wife Karen he published On The Air Magazine, a fourteen-city classical radio magazine, from the late eighties to the late nineties. His two-CD set, The Classical Music Start-Up Kit with extensive liner notes, has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. He is composing a 53-note-to-the-octave oratorio, Melodies of the Shoreless Sea, setting  ancient poems to geographically-matched ancient scales in their pure original tunings. He is also working on a book called The Grand Unified Theory of Ancient Music, which demonstrates how 53-eq tuning offers a single musical system to play hundreds of ancient scales in tune. He has hiked up most of Colorado's fourteeners, has spent every summer since 1980 with his wife Karen enjoying the Aspen Music Festival,  volunteers for the Met Opera Auditions, has twenty years experience volunteering in prisons, and enjoys scuba diving, meditating, bicycling and his cat Pamina. Bonus story: Thirty four years ago, a friend with a private pilot's license invited to fly me anywhere in Colorado for the cost of gas. Wanting to impress a woman I was intensely interested in, I asked if she'd like to be flown from Denver to Aspen in a small plane to hear Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The plane got 100 feet into the air and ended up crashing into a field just beyond the runway. The plane was damaged but we were unhurt, so I raced us over Independence Pass at race-car speeds. By the time we arrived, the concert was about to begin and there were no tickets to be had. We sat out on the lawn, looking at dark brooding clouds throughout the first movement. During the violent Scherzo, lightning bolts were crashing onto the mountaintops all around us. During the quieter third movement, there was an incredibly gentle mist. As the chorus began to sing the Ode to Joy, the sun burst out! I should have proposed to her on the spot, but we did marry three years later... and we haven't missed a summer in Aspen together since!

Ways to Connect

Alan Fletcher hosts this weekly chat with AMFS artists. This week he talked with Lawrence Power and Alexander Shelley. Audio file below!

Two-minute daily summaries of what's coming up at the Aspen Music Festival!

Alan Fletcher shares his experiences during the evacuation from his home during the fire; the American Brass Quintet talks up their July 19 concert; violinist and pedagogue Paul Kantor talks about his July 23 recital.

A chat with conductor Nicholas McGegan about his July 12 concert and pianist Orli Shaham's July 14 recital. 

 

You know the song from the days you watched Bugs Bunny cartoons. You can listen to the famous tune right here, and you can enjoy the entire opera, Rossini's timeless Barber of Seville, live from the Wheeler Opera House on Aspen Public Radio Monday, July 16 at 8:00 pm with host Chris Mohr. Broadcast with the help of the Aspen Music Festival and School. It's funny, it's beautiful, and it is a great chance to enjoy hearing  youth and love win out over power and corruption!

High Notes 

Alan Fletcher in conversation with Daniil Trifonov and Steven Hartke.

Sorting through the 300 concerts this summer at the Aspen Music Festival, Festival Notes points you to the highlights every day so you can plan your musical journeys throughout the season!

Interviews with exuberant conductor Nicholas McGegan in anticipation of his Baroque Concert July 12; pianist Orli Shaham talks about her recital July 14. Aired July 9, 2018

Summer classical music host Chris Mohr will be broadcasting LIVE at the Benedict Music Tent July 4 at 4:00 pm! It's a gift from the Aspen Music Festival and School to everyone in the valley. If you want to hear some great American music while having an Independence Day party at your home or while driving around the valley, tune in to Aspen Public Radio to enjoy Sousa marches and much more, with Lawrence Isaacson conductor, a trumpet soloist and some suprises. Enjoy great music on Aspen Public Radio while you celebrate July 4!  

Our weekly interview program for the Aspen Music Festival, featuring a season preview by two of the AMFS's top people, and a chat with pianist Conrad Tao.

 A daily walk through of Aspen Music Festival and School events. Featuring a daily schedule and interesting background information on the Festival's artists, students and featured composers, Festival Notes prepares audiences for their day's musical journey.

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The final Festival Showcase program of the season is a wrap-up interview with Alan Fletcher and Asadour Santourian. What were the highlights for them of the season? What were some of the challenges? I asked them to spill the beans about what we can look forward to in 2018, and they obliged.

The final week of the Aspen Music Festival attracted a large array of musicians to this week's High Notes with Alan Fletcher, including cellist Alisa Weilerstein and singers for the upcoming production of Berlioz's Damnation of Faust, the final concert of the season with over 350 musicians performing onstage! Here is Alan in conversation with a number of musicians who are helping bring the 2017 season of the Aspen Music Festival to a rousing close.

Lots of things happening this last week at the Aspen Music Festival! And the musicians are sometimes getting a little giddy. Bassist Edgar Meyer says when he's walking around with his instrument in its case, he sometimes sees people looking at him in a way that he knows they're about to say something stupid! And bass trombonist John Rojak has been so busy preparing for Saturday's concert with a bass trombone concerto, he says his lips are so strong they could pull a tractor! World-class cellist Alisa Weilerstein and 

Mozart's final opera, La Clemenza di Tito, was composed in a white heat of inspiration in only two weeks. Mozart died shortly thereafter at the age of 35, having composed more than a dozen operas and over 1,000 compositions altogether, starting at the age of five.

Aspen Public Radio's live broadcast of this ravishingly beautiful opera takes place Thursday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.Our intermission feature will include interviews with director Ed Berkeley and Ian Koziara, who sings the role of the Emperor Titus.

AMFS President Alan Fletcher in conversation with a trio consisting of violinist Augustin Hadelich, cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker and pianist Martin Helmchen.

Pianist Nicha Stapanukul will be part of this Friday's Piano Project Liszt marathon. It's free, and starts at 8:30 pm at Harris Concert Hall. She asked for a selfie after the interview, and said some amazing things about Franz Liszt the womanizer as well as Liszt the pianist/composer.

Two-minute mini-features previewing every day at the Aspen Music Festival! Plan your day right here.

What is Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin doing with Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld? What will she be doing this Saturday, August 5 at 8:00 pm at Harris Concert Hall at the Aspen Music Festival? Classical Music host Chris Mohr asked Sharon about both of these, and Sharon even volunteered how she is coping with what she calls the dismantling of our democracy. Sharon's concert may well be a sellout, so we will be broadcasting it exclusively on Aspen Public Radio with Chris Mohr as your host.

On Saturday, July 29, the Pacifica Quartet performs a new quartet  by Daniel Kellogg. And on Sunday, July 30, music by Christopher Theofanidis and Alan Fletcher get performed at 4:00 pm at the Benedict Music Tent. Today's High Notes conversation features all three composers in conversation.

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