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Chris Mohr

Host - Classical Music from Aspen

Summer classical music host Chris Mohr is coming up to Aspen for his sixth summer on Aspen Public Radio. He has loved classical music since he was twelve. “And I owe it all to radio,” Chris explains. “I grew up in a farm town east of Cleveland. Most of the music I heard growing up was Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and other favorites of my parents.

One evening, I turned on the classical radio station in Cleveland, thirty miles away. Vivaldi was pouring out of the speakers, like a light pouring down from heaven, and I sat completely entranced. ‘I have not lived until this moment,’ I said to myself.  For months I spent all my paper route money buying Vivaldi records, and listening to the classical station.”

That classical music radio station was Chris’s lifeline to a world that was not otherwise accessible to him. Chris feels indebted to radio, and especially to classical music on the radio. “I sometimes imagine that I’m playing a great classical piece, and that somewhere down valley a twelve year old kid is connecting to classical music for the first time, just like I did. In fact, once, when I was playing Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, a teenager called me and asked what it was. ‘Wow man, it’s like 19th century Pink Floyd!’ That really made my week. I felt like I was paying it forward for the gift I had received decades ago.”

Chris and Karen Mohr at the Colorado Symphony Ball

Chris is deeply  committed to classical music radio. He’s been a part-time classical announcer since 1978, and never tires of exploring the riches of the classics. “To be up in Aspen every summer, sharing great music on the air every afternoon and hearing Aspen Music Festival concerts every evening is truly a dream come true!”

Bonus story from Chris: A little over three decades 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. 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!

    

  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

Daily previews of upcoming performances at the Aspen Music Festival and School, with musical examples! 

Daily previews of upcoming performances at the Aspen Music Festival and School, with musical examples! 

  Daily previews of upcoming performances at the Aspen Music Festival and School, with musical examples! 

  Daily previews of upcoming performances at the Aspen Music Festival and School, with musical examples! 

Daily previews of upcoming performances at the Aspen Music Festival and School, with musical examples!  

Takacs Violinist Ed Dusinberre in a conversation about their concert, Beethoven, and Ed's new book, Beethoven for a Later Age.  AMFS Music Director and conductor Robert Spano also talks about the upcoming season.

    

  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.

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