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

  Festival Notes, a daily preview of events at the Aspen Music Festival and School: concerts, lectures, recitals and more. Today: The Fourth of July concert!

  29 minutes of conversation with musicians, directors, conductors and composers previewing upcoming performances at the aspen Music Festival. Today: an extensive season preview with Alan Fletcher and Asadour Santourian, and a chat with David Finckel/Wu Han about their opening night all-Beethoven recital June 30 at Harris Hall.

  Every weekday now through August 19, Classical Music host Chris Mohr previews the major concerts and recitals taking place at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Today, Chris previews the Festival's opening weekend.

  Every weekday now through August 19, Classical Music host Chris Mohr previews the major concerts and recitals taking place at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Today, Chris celebrates the opening day of the Festival.

Every weekday now through August 19, Classical Music host Chris Mohr previews the major concerts and recitals taking place at the Aspen Music Festival and School. 


Every year, the Aspen Music Festival puts on a free fourth of July concert at 4:00 pm at the Tent, filled with stirring patriotic favorites. If you're in your back yard enjoying a family barbecue, you can hear a live broadcast of this concert on Aspen Public Radio. Hosted by APR's own Chris Mohr, these fantastic orchestral examples of the best of Americana will entertain and inspire the whole family.

  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.

  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.

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