A chamber ensemble that revives the tradition of silent-film orchestras, Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra culls historic libraries of music for its live musical accompaniment. Together Rodney Sauer, Britt Swenson, David Short, Brian Collins, and Dawn Kramer have recorded and toured widely, creating vibrant, emotional, and historically appropriate musical scores for more than a hundred twenty films. Formed in 1989, Mont Alto has recorded more than thirty film scores for releases on DVD, Blu-Ray, and on Turner Classic Movies. The orchestra makes regular appearances at the Telluride Film Festival, the TCM Classic Films Festival, and the Kansas Silent Film Festival, as well as have toured around the country from Films at Lincoln Center in New York to Grauman's Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. This year marks the orchestra’s ninth year at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, where they will be joined by musician Darren Kramer on trombone.
Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra