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Chris Mohr

Host - Classical Music from Aspen

Summer classical music host Chris Mohr is coming back to Aspen. 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.

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!”

Pianist Stephen Hough teaches a master class today from 10am to noon in Harris Concert Hall.

A Spotlight Recital showcasing top student talent takes place at noon at the Aspen Community Church. At 4:15pm, Chapel Chamber Music at the Aspen Chapel offers another chance to enjoy this summer’s rising stars. At 8:30pm tonight at the Bucksbaum campus, a String Showcase features more young musicians. All three of these events are free.

The first of two season recitals by one of the world’s greatest string quartets, the Takacs, takes place tonight at 8pm in Harris Concert Hall. The Janacek Second Quartet, “Intimate Letters,” portrays the 63 year old composer’s obsession with a 25 year old married woman. It was, as he described, “written in fire.” Also on the program, the moving Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber, and Beethoven’s Late Quartet in A minor, composed after his recovery from a serious illness and including the intensely emotional and spiritual movement, “Holy song of Thanksgiving of a convalescent to the Deity, in the Lydian Mode.”

High Notes, a series of free conversations with some of the performers and composers featured during the Festival’s 65th season, begins today at noon at Christ Episcopal Church. Aspen Music Festival President and CEO Alan Fletcher will offer an overview and point out highlights of this summer’s repertoire, and talk with members of the Boulder-based, internationally acclaimed Takacs Quartet as they preview their July 3rd and July 8th recitals.

At 6pm in the Benedict Music Tent, the Aspen Philharmonic conducted by Hugh Wolff performs the Brahms Tragic Overture, Beethoven’s thrilling 7th Symphony, and the lyrical 3rd Violin Concerto of Saint-Saens with 20 year old rising star, Aspen alum (and former star baseball player!) William Hagen as soloist.

Pianist and composer Stephen Hough will play works of German Romantics and his own Second Sonata tonight at 8:30pm in Harris Concert Hall.

On today's Festival Showcase, host Chris Mohr chats with members of the Zora  Quartet, practicing and performing this summer at Aspen's Center for Advanced Quartet Studies. Then, Chris offers up an exceptional archival "Check 1,2" interview with violinist Robert McDuffie, as he talked about everything from chamber music to the day he got to play blues rock with Greg Allman.

High Notes, a series of free conversations with some of the performers and composers featured during the Festival’s 65th season, begins today at noon at Christ Episcopal Church. Aspen Music Festival President and CEO Alan Fletcher will offer an overview and point out highlights of this summer’s repertoire, and talk with members of the Boulder-based, internationally acclaimed Takacs Quartet as they preview their July 3rd and July 8th recitals.

At 6pm in the Benedict Music Tent, the Aspen Philharmonic conducted by Hugh Wolff performs the Brahms Tragic Overture, Beethoven’s thrilling 7th Symphony, and the lyrical 3rd Violin Concerto of Saint-Saens with 20 year old rising star, Aspen alum (and former star baseball player!) William Hagen as soloist.

Pianist and composer Stephen Hough will play works of German Romantics and his own Second Sonata tonight at 8:30pm in Harris Concert Hall.

Violinist Robert McDuffie teaches a master class today at 1pm in Harris Concert Hall. At 4 in the Benedict Music Tent, the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra offers its first performance of the season. This free concert features aspiring conducting students in works of Berlioz and Stravinsky, and Brahms’s beautifully pastoral Second Symphony. Hear the AACA in free concerts every Tuesday at 4 throughout the Festival season.

Trios of Beethoven and Shostakovich, and the great “Dumky” Trio by Dvorak will be performed by violinist Philip Setzer, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han tonight at 7:30 in Harris Concert Hall. Tune in for a live broadcast of this wonderful program here on Aspen Public Radio.

Tonight at 8 in Harris Concert Hall, pianist and composer Stephen Hough will perform his piece Other Love Songs. Also on the program are a Clarinet Sonata by Weinberg and the ravishing Ravel Piano Trio.

Cellist David Finckel will be joined by his wife pianist Wu Han and violinist Philip Setzer in trios by Beethoven and Shostakovich, and the exquisite “Dumky” Trio of Dvorak tomorrow at 7:30 in Harris Concert Hall. The recital will be broadcast live on Aspen Public Radio hosted by Chris Mohr.

Today marks the opening of the 65th season of the Aspen Music Festival celebrating” The New Romantics.” At 4:15 today, hear top students in chamber music at the beautiful Aspen Chapel. At 7pm at Harris Concert Hall, enjoy a recital of works by Beethoven, Enescu and Philip Glass with violinist Robert McDuffie and Aspen Music Festival Music Director Robert Spano at the piano.

“The New Romantics:” it’s the theme of the 65th season of the Aspen Music Festival which opens tomorrow and offers over 300 concerts over the next eight weeks. Discover how the elements of the most-beloved works of the 19th century are making a comeback in our time. Symphonic and chamber masterpieces of Beethoven, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, Mahler and other favorites will be performed alongside those of living composers whose individual expression and artistic adventurism typifies the Romantic spirit. Chris Mohr had a chance to discuss this summer’s lineup with Aspen Music Festival and School President and CEO Alan Fletcher and Festival Artistic Administrator Asadour Santourian.

The 2014 Aspen Public Festival season begins this week. Today, for the first Festival Showcase of the new season, host Chris Mohr is joined Alan Fletcher, President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and Asadour Santourian, Vice President of Artistic Administration and Artistic Advisor, to talk about the upcoming 2014 season and the theme of the New Romantics. Then we listen to Music Director Robert Spano’s inspiring words at yesterday’s Convocation.

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