The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra is a five piece chamber ensemble that revives the lost art and repertoire of the silent movie orchestra. 2014 marks Mont Alto’s 20th year of silent film accompaniment. To date they have scored over 100 silent movies using historic orchestrations, recording over 35 film scores for video release and broadcast on Turner Classic Movies. The Mont Alto Orchestra are regulars at the Telluride Film Festival, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the Silent Film Society of Chicago, and the Kansas Silent Film Festival, and have toured from the Brooklyn Academy of Music to the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.
“…it’s a particular pleasure to hear silent-film music as it was actually performed in most of the first-run theaters of that era—which is to say, by an orchestra…. Mr. Sauer specializes in compiling scores from the authentic photoplay music of the period, drawing on the work of neglected composers like Gaston Borch and J. S. Zamecnik; the results are often breathtakingly beautiful and always in the strict service of the film on the screen.” —Dave Kehr, the New York Times.