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

  Host Chris Mohr interviews pianist Vladimir Feltsman about his recitals honoring Russian composers inspired by Scriabin and Shostakovich whose works were suppressed by the Stalin regime and are relatively unknown in the West. 

  Today is Friday, August 14th.Violinist Joshua Bell performs double duty tonight at 6 in the Benedict Music Tent, conducting the Aspen Chamber Symphony in works of Mendelssohn and Beethoven, and playing the Mendelssohn Concerto.This morning at 10:30 at Castle Creek I on the Bucksbaum campus, Orli Shaham returns with her free acclaimed interactive concert, Baby Got Bach, for kids ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult.At 10 tomorrow in the Wheeler Opera House, it’s the opera scenes master class with the up and coming stars of the Aspen Opera Theater Center.The final Music on the Mountain concert of the season will be presented tomorrow at 1 at the top of Aspen Mountain. A gondola ticket or strenuous hike required.

  Today is Thursday, August 13th.Today at 10 in Harris Concert Hall, Ann Schein gives a piano master class.A free Spotlight Recital takes place today at noon at the Aspen Community Church.At 2pm in Harris Concert Hall, hear a recital by the exceptional young quartets from the prestigious Advanced Quartet Studies program. Admission is free.A free program of Chapel Chamber Music will be offered today at 4:15 in the Aspen Chapel. Hear some of this summer’s most exciting student talents in a beautiful and intimate setting.

  Today is Wednesday, August 12th.Today’s High Notes at noon in Paepcke Auditorium features an interview with composers Jennifer Higdon and Shulamit Ran by Steven Stucky. Admission is free.At 3 today, top students perform a diverse program in a free Spotlight Recital in Harris Concert Hall.Mountain Living presents this summer’s final house music today at 3:30 at a private Aspen residence, showcasing singers from the Aspen Opera Theater Center.

  Today is Tuesday, August 11th. Tunes and Tales, a free program for children ages 3 and up accompanied by an adult, takes place this morning at 10:30 at the Basalt Regional Library. Hear enchanting stories along with classical favorites performed by talented students.A free Spotlight Recital takes place today at noon in the beautiful Aspen Chapel.

  Today is Monday, August 10th.Today at 10:15, the Festival offers a free guided tour of the Bucksbaum Campus. Meet at the Administration Building.At noon today, enjoy a free guided backstage tour of Benedict Music Tent and Harris Concert Hall. Meet on Tent Plaza in front of the Tent.

Asadour Santourian interviews conductor Robert Spano, director Ed Berkeley, and singers Tamara Wilson (Aida), Brian Mulligan (Amonasro), Morris Robinson (Ramfis) about the August 7 production of Aida.

  Chris Mohr interviews guitarist Sharon Isbin about her August 6 Aspen c0ncert, the Happy Dog Duo (pianists), and composer Steven Stucky.

  A longer version of Chris Mohr's July 2015 interview with pianist Joyce Yang!

Alan Fletcher in conversation with Steven Stucky, Jeremy Denk, Robert Spano and Ed Berkeley.

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