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

  Aspen Music Festival and School President and CEO Alan Fletcher talks with host Chris Mohr about the 2015 season and its highlights/challenges. We also chat with audience members outside the Tent.

Pianist Conrad Tao and violinist Stefan Jackiw discuss the rise to stardom and maintaining a balanced life and career. Tao also unveils his upcoming CD release for the first time. AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher hosts.

  On today's Festival Showcase, Chris Mohr interviews the very thoughtful pianist Conrad Tao, a singer in the Cole Porter Revue on Wednesday, and the Skyros Quartet as they transition from students to full-fledged professionals.

    Chris Mohr interviews pianist Conrad Tao, mezzo-soprano Alexandra Urquiola, and the Skyros Quartet.

  Lots of great events during this final weekend of the Aspen Music Festival’s 66th season.

  Today is Thursday, August 20th. Today at 10 in Harris Concert Hall, Yoheved (VAY-duh) Kaplinsky gives a piano master class.

  Today is Wednesday, August 19th.Today’s High Notes at noon in Paepcke Auditorium features pianist Conrad Tao and violinist Stefan Jakciw discussing the rise to stardom and maintaining a balanced life and career. Admission is free.

  Today is Tuesday, August 18th.A free Spotlight Recital takes place today at noon in the beautiful Aspen Chapel.At 1 in Harris Concert Hall, Donald Weilerstein, father of cellist Alisa Weilerstein, gives a violin master class.

  Today is Monday, August 17th.Today at 10:15 is your last chance this season to take a free guided tour of the Bucksbaum Campus. Meet at the Administration Building.The summer’s last free guided backstage tour of Benedict Music Tent and Harris Concert Hall takes place today at noon. Meet on Tent Plaza in front of the Tent.

Three Pulitzer prize-winning composers: host  Steven Stucky and interviewees Jennifer Higdon and Shulamith Ran in conversation about their upcoming performers and the composing process.