From Mark, your concert co-host: In my many years of attending the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, I’ve never failed to be moved by the live scores performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Their sound is so lovely that I’ve long dreamed of hosting them in a concert setting, where attention could be paid to the musicians as opposed to the film they’re accompanying. I owe great thanks to Stacey Wisnia, executive director of the festival, and Anita Monga, the festival’s artistic director, for finally making it possible for Mont Alto to come to Rose Avenue.
The Colorado-based Mont Alto Orchestra is a five-piece chamber ensemble that draws from historic music libraries to create vibrant and emotional settings for silent films. In this concert, you’ll not only get to experience the group’s expressive playing, but you’ll also learn about the history of “photoplay music” from their leader, Rodney Sauer.
With your paid reservation, you’ll get a discount code for any of the films that the Mont Alto orchestra will accompany at this year's San Francisco Silent Film Festival (June 1–4 at the Castro Theater).
“[The] most sensitive and accomplished of silent film ensembles.”
—Dave Kehr, New York Times