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

    

  Live from the Wheeler! On Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 pm, Aspen Public Radio will be offering a live broadcast of the Aspen Music Festival and School's production of William Bolcom's opera A Wedding, based on the 1978 Robert Altman movie of the same name. The clashes of New Money and Old Money at a wedding became material for this classic movie starring Desi Arnaz, Jr., Carol Burnett, Paul Dooley, Vittorio Gassman, Mia Farrow, Lillian Gish and others. William Bolcom's opera libretto comes from Robert Altman himself! Sung in English.

Interviews with the American Brass Quintet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, pianist Jeremy Denk and violinist Adele Anthony.

    

    

    

    

    

    

Alan Fletcher in conversation with conductors Scott Terrell, Hugh Wolff, Ludovic Morlot.

Chris Mohr in conversation with a member of the Emerson Quartet on their 40th anniversary tour, the two-piano team of the Dichters, and horn player Brian Mangrum.

  

Host Chris Mohr in Conversation with opera director Ed Berkeley and pianist Joyce Yang.

  

Aspen Public Radio Host Chris Mohr with opera director Ed Berkeley and pianist Joyce Yang

    

A conversation with Alan Fletcher and conductor Leon Botstein

 Puccini's La Boheme is the tragic story of bohemian artists and lovers in  turn-of-the-century Paris, robed in some of the most beautiful music ever written. At times funny, tragic and heart-opening but always melodious, no opera has caught the affection and devotion of opera lovers as universally as Puccini's La Boheme

Alan Fletcher in conversation with Takacs Quartet violinist Ed Dusineberre

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