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September 9, 2018

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.

October 9, 2018

The Vanishing American (1925)

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

This sweeping epic, the first Western filmed in Monument Valley, was based on a novel by Zane Grey. Richard Dix plays Nophaie, a Navajo whose tribe is being preyed upon by corrupt Indian agent Noah Beery. After enlisting in the Great War in Europe, hoping to advance the cause of justice, but the warriors return to find little changed. This film is a notable example of the sensitive treatment of Native American issues that largely disappeared from American commercial films by 1930.

November 11, 2018

Wings (1927)

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

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

Silent Films at the Castro

Castro Theater, San Francisco

Films to be Announced! We'll be playing for two excellent silent films, one new to our repertoire and the other a classic that we've not played in San Francisco before.

December 2, 2018


Rafael Theater, San Rafael CA. Details to come.

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.

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."