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November 11, 2018

Wings (1927)

Faulkner Concert Hall, 2 pm, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War, we present one of the most impressive films set in World War I. Richard Arlen and Charles "Buddy" Rogers are American flying aces, while Clara Bow enlists in the Women's Motor Corps. Impressive scenes of aerial combat and huge battle sequences convey the horrors and power of war. The Mont Alto Orchestra has recreated a version of J.S. Zamecnik's original New York Premere score, and will be joined by a "pit crew" of sound effects producers.

November 30, 2018

Old First Concert Series

Old First Concerts, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California, 8 pm

The Mont Alto Orchestra will have its first formal concert in San Francisco. Presenting the artistry of silent film music composers ranging from J.S. Zamecnik (who studied with Antonin Dvorak) to Henry Hadley (the first conductor of the San Francisco Symphony), this will be a unique opportunity to hear film music without the film. More info at

December 1, 2018

The Red Kimona

Castro Theater, San Francisco, 12:00 noon

Produced by Dorothy Davenport, The Red Kimona is a based on the true story of Gabrielle Darcy, who was seduced and forced to live as a prostitute in New Orleans, and her difficulty in turning her life around. Told very much from a woman's perspective, the film addresses head-on the problems of having a "past reputation" in American society. New score commissioned for this event! For tickets, visit the San Francisco Silent Film Festival website.

December 1, 2018

7th Heaven

7 pm • Castro Theater, San Francisco

This tale of romance in the streets and garrets of Paris features one of our most romantic scores. One of the films nominated of the first Academy Awards, and a well-deserved winner for Janet Gaynor as Best Actress and Frank Borzage as director, this ethereal tale of a damaged woman who encounters a confident, idealistic man established Fox as a great film company. For tickets, visit the San Francisco Silent Film Festival website.

December 2, 2018


Rafael Theater, San Rafael CA. , 4:15 pm, $20/$18/$10.

In Harold Lloyd's last silent film, he goes to great lengths to save New York City's last horse-drawn streetcar. But that's just the excuse of a long set of comic set-pieces that serves as a love letter to New York City, Coney Island, and baseball; including a memorable cameo by Babe Ruth. For details, see the Rafael Film Center website.

January 13, 2019

Tea Dance

Avalon Ballroom • 6185 Arapahoe Road • Boulder Colorado • 2-5 pm

Tango, waltz, foxtrot, or do the vintage one-step or two-step to the original music of the ragtime dance craze. Playing music from 1900 through 1930, the Mont Alto Ragtime and Tango Orchestra, with singer Susan Rogers, plays for dancing on the best dance floor in Boulder. Vintage or semi-formal attire encouraged.

April 26, 2019

Blackmail (1929)

Denver Silent Film Festival, Alamo Drafthouse, Denver

Alfred Hitchcock's last silent film (remade as his first talkie) is a tight, well-made thriller. A woman commits murder in self-defense, but as usual the cover-up is worse than the crime as her boyfriend--a policeman--is assigned to the case, and a mysterious stranger attempts to use his knowledge for his own gain.

April 28, 2019

Beggars of Life (1928)

Union Colony Civic Center, Greeley Colorado

Louise Brooks and Richard Arlen take to riding the rails to escape a manslaughter charge. In this moody adventure set in hobo subculture, America is shown as a place of formless threats and constant danger. Recently restored by the George Eastman Museum, this is widely regarded as Louise Brooks' finest American film. " Beggars of Life, Sauer and company are once again authoritative and expressively pitch-perfect. But the players are not there to lead, distract or showboat, but to underscore, strictly in partnership with the film."