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 Thursday, July 30th.Pianist Hung-Kuan Chen will give a master class at 10 this morning in Harris Concert Hall.At 10:30, it’s Tunes and Tales at the Pitkin County Library, a free and fun program for children ages 4-9 accompanied by an adult.Today at noon at the Aspen Community Church, there’s a free Spotlight Recital.Chapel Chamber Music takes place today at 4:15 at the Aspen Chapel. Admission is free.

  Today is Wednesday, July 29th. Aspen Public  Radio is in its Pledge Drive, and you can show your support by calling us at 920-9000.Today at noon at Christ Episcopal Church, composer Steven Stucky and librettist Jeremy Denk will discuss their opera The Classical Style with Aspen Music Festival and School Music Director Robert Spano and AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher.

  Today is Tuesday, July 28th. Aspen Public  Radio is in its Pledge Drive, and you can show your support by calling us at 920-9000.At 10:30 today, it’s Tunes and Tales at the Basalt Regional Library, a free and fun program for children over 3 accompanied by an adult. Listen to enchanting stories along with classical favorites performed by AMFS students...

  Today is Monday, July 27th. Aspen Public  Radio is in its Pledge Drive, and you can show your support by calling us at 920-9000.The Benedict Music Tent is the venue for today’s 6pm Chamber Music program, featuring works by David Sampson, Francaix, Johsson (yon-son), and the Horn Trio of Brahms, a work written to commemorate the composer’s mother and composed for the subdued sonority of the natural horn....

  Chris Mohr interviews Aspen Music Festival luminaries including flutist Nadine Asin, composer Steven Mackey and student pianist Angie Zhang.

  Host Chris Mohr talked with Aspen Music Festival and School President and CEO Alan Fletcher as well as Asadour Santourian, Vice President for Artistic Administration and Artistic Advisor, about the entire 2015 AMFS season. Then we chat with cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han about their recital (which opens this year's Festival) and their work with students here.

  AMFS Music Director and Conductor Robert Spano in conversation with host Chris Mohr. Also, a member of the Takacs Quartet, as well as a conversation with composer Alan Fletcher.

  Tom Buesch (Bush) presents a free listener’s Master Class on The Baroque Violin today at 12:30 at Crossroads Church.

  Pianist John O’Conor will present a Master Class this morning at 10 in Harris Concert Hall.

  Beginning at 9 this morning in Harris Concert Hall, you can hear some of the new works to come out of this year’s composition program. Admission is free.