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

Opera superstar Renee Fleming will be in Aspen to host a Master Class Thursday, July 27 at 10:00 am and then to sing in a concert Sunday, July 30 at 4:00 pm at the Tent.

APR Classical Host Chris Mohr had a phone chat with Renee, touching on her student days in Aspen, her upcoming Broadway performances in Carousel through much of 2018, and more. 

Plan your day around these great Aspen Music Festival concerts -- day by day! Over 300 concerts in the course of the 2017 season -- APR host Chris Mohr helps you sort through them, every morning, complete with musical examples.

Conversations with pianist Jean-Yves Thibeaudet and American Brass Quintet Bass Trombonist John Rojak about the upcoming concerts with the Aspen Music Festival.

 

July 19th's 2017 High Notes with AMFS president Alan Fletcher, violinist Jennifer Koh, and opera director Ed Berkeley, airs Friday, July 21 at 2:00 pm on Aspen Public Radio. Here is the audio of the conversation.

Plan your musical day at the Aspen Music Festival with Festival Notes on Aspen Public Radio! Our two-minute previews every day give you a few musical examples, and a listing of the highlights of the 300 concerts taking place over the eight weeks of the Festival. Listen mornings on APR or right here!

High Notes July 12 with Aspen Music Festival and School President Alan Fletcher with Sarah Chang, Stephen Hartke and Patrick Summers.

A daily update of the highlights of concerts and other events at the Aspen Music Festival and School. With 300 concerts in 8 weeks, host Chris Mohr takes you through each day, with musical examples, and gives you an idea of what to expect at the various Aspen Music Festival concerts taking place throughout Aspen and the Valley!

This week's Festival Showcase features chats with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, Bass-Baritone Ryan Speedo Green (pictured here with fellow opera star Susanna Phillips at The Met) and the Vera Quartet, with musical examples.  

I first met bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green when he was an Opera Colorado Young Artist. Just a few years before our meeting, Speedo was in solitary confinement in a juvenile detention facility. Now he sings at the Met (here he is giving a tour of the opera house with fellow star Susanna Phillips) and the Vienna State Opera, is happily married and has a child on the way. Between singing gigs, he has been on a year-long book tour after a book about him, Sing for Your Life, became a bestseller.

Pianist, composer and Mozart devotee Robert Levin brings his completion of Mozart's unfinished Concerto for Violin and Piano to the stage on July 7. Conductor Nic McGegan joins in the conversation!

Here's what's happening July 6 at the Aspen Music Festival!

Upcoming events for today's Aspen Music Festival!

Opera director Ed Berkeley chats with host Chris Mohr about the four operas on tap for the 2017 summer season at the Aspen Music Festival and School, including the Wheeler Opera House mainstage productions and more. 

Also on the program, a wide-ranging interview with conductor Nicholas McGegan, who talks about everything from his desire to see every string student with a Baroque-style bow to his secret love of punk rock!

Festival Notes today previews the Aspen Chamber Symphony, Opera Scenes, Chamber Music and Sunday's first Festival Orchestra concert of the 2017 season!

A two-minute preview of the day's events at the Aspen Music Festival!

Classical Music Host Chris Mohr chats with two leaders of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Alan Fletcher and Asadour Santourian, about the upcoming 68th season of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Then Chris talks with cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han about their season-opening concert June 29 at Harris Hall. 

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conductor Manfred Honeck chats with APR host Chris Mohr about the three-concert series being presented by the Orchestra this week. Call Aspen Public Radio today at 920-9000 if you would like to make a $100 gift to support classical music on Aspen Public Radio, and we will have one pair of tickets at Will Call for you for their concert Wednesday evening, August 24. Only one pair of tickets available, valued at $85 per ticket! 

Mohammed Fairouz's Songs of Typhoid Mary premieres with mezzo Kate Lindsey Friday, August 19. Pianist Inon Banaton chats with Alan Fletcher about his recital August 18, 2016.

This Sunday at 4:00, the Aspen Music Festival's Grand Finale features highlights from Berlioz's ravishing Romeo et Juliette and Orff's wildly popular and rhythmically charged Carmina Burana (think movies, ads, all kinds of media where you have heard this music!). The Aspen Festival Orchestra is joined by the Colorado Symphony Chorus and soloists for a smashing finale to the 2016 season.

Join host Chris Mohr for a live broadcast on APR of this spine-tingling concert as we usher out the summer music season together. 

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