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

   Today is Friday, August 7th.Pianist Julian Martin will present a master class this morning at 10 in Harris Concert Hall.A free noon Spotlight Recital takes place today at the Aspen Community Church.At 2 today in the Aspen Chapel, top piano students offer a free recital.

  Today is Thursday, August 6th.At 10:30 this morning at the Pitkin County Library, it’s Tunes and Tales, a free program for ages 4-9 with an adult. Listen to enchanting stories along with classical favorites performed by AMFS students.

  Today is Wednesday, August 5th.Join Aspen Music Festival President and CEO Alan Fletcher, Music Director Robert Spano and Aspen Opera Theater Director Edward Berkeley today at noon in Paepcke Auditorium. They’ll be examining the 19th century view of exoticism and orientalism in opera as a run-up to Friday evening’s semi-staged performance of Verdi’s Aida in the Benedict Music Tent. That performance will feature the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Chorus, and a star-studded cast of singers. These High Notes programs are always free, and offer fascinating insights about the music and musicians you’re enjoying this summer.

  Today is Tuesday, August 4th.A free Spotlight Recital today at noon at the beautiful Aspen Chapel showcases top student talent.At 1 today in Harris Concert Hall, pianist Steven Osborne gives a master class.At 4 today, the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra gives a free concert featuring this summer’s conducting students, and it will be full of musical fireworks. Stravinsky’s Fireworks opens the program, followed by Oliver Knussen’s Flourish with Fireworks played by this summer’s brass competition winner.

Today is Monday, August 3rd.Today’s the last Gotta Move! program of the season for kids 2-7 accompanied by an adult. Meet at 10:30 at the Bucksbaum Campus Administration Building and watch your children discover the basics of beat, tune and rhythm through stories, movement, and a short performance by AFMS students. Admission is free.

  Chris Mohr interviews composer Christopher Theofanidis, pianist Joyce Yang and Cantor Rollin Simmons.

AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher  interviews cellist Alisa Weilerstein and conductor Rafael Payare.

A conversation with pianist Orli Shaham on new works and the Mackey piano concerto Stumble to Grace with AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher. 

Composer and AMFS CEO Alan Fletcher in conversation with composer Bill Morrison about their double commission, On a winter's night a traveler.

  Today is Friday, July 31st. I’m Chris Mohr.Patrick Summers conducts the Aspen Chamber Symphony today at 6 in the Benedict Music Tent in Brahm’s 1st Hungarian Dance, Chopin’s 1st Piano Concerto with Nikolai Lugansky, a Haydn scene and aria featuring soprano Susanna Phillips, and the Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn.