Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

Image © Pamela Gentile

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 125 films. The orchestra was formed as "The Mont Alto Ragtime and Tango Orchestra" in 1989 in Colorado to play dance and salon music of the teens. The Motion Picture Orchestra, a subset of the larger group, started scoring silent films in 1994, after discovering the music collection of Al Layton, a theater music director in Colorado in the 1920s. Tight ensemble playing and expert music selection brings the films to life. Because of scheduling conflicts, Emily Lewis will substitute for Britt Swenson on violin, and Cami Kidwell-Dodge will substitute for Dawn Kramer on trumpet.

Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra will accompany Lady Windermere's Fan (7:00 pm) at A DAY OF SILENTS on Saturday, December 2, at the Castro Theatre.