Fall 2014

Silent Orchestra rides again… Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Count Orlok, Nosferatu

Count Orlok, Nosferatu

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A Dream Within A Dream

July 2014 brings new music by Silent Orchestra! We were pleased to contribute a 45 minute score for the groundbreaking production of A Dream Within A Dream. Part of the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival, this groundbreaking immersive transmedia performance is all about the life, death and works of Edgar Allan Poe. Our friend Edgar has died under the most mysterious of circumstances, yet there have been sightings of the would-be-dead writer, all over town. Will you help us solve these bewildering series of events?

Here is an in-depth preview of our new opus. Could there be a new album in the works? Need you ask?

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The greatest and most lavish silent film ever made now has a score by Silent Orchestra!   We return to the McEvoy Auditorium at the  Smithsonian American Art Museum to premiere an original score for the classic film, Metropolis.  This 1927 silent German film is set in a future society divided into two classes: one of planners and managers who live in luxury and one of workers who live and work underground.

You are in for a treat as this newly restored version includes about 25 minutes of previously lost footage.  This expressionist masterpiece — the most expensive silent film ever made — will be brought to life with our electrifying new score!

May 14, 3pm at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, one show only! Tickets are free but get there early to get in! We’re not kidding.

See the Smithsonian web site for details on the show.

Check out highlights of our score. In this sample you will hear, Moloch, Death to the Machines, Here Comes the Flood, Furioso, Yoshiwara and Robot Transformation.

Silent Orchestra – Metropolis Score Highlights by Silent Orchestra

Metropolis Veil Dance clip 110319 by Silent Orchestra


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Music for TV and Film

SilentOrchestraRich1_smHire Silent Orchestra to score your next film!  Carlos Garza and Rich O’Meara have scored 15 feature length films and more than 30 short films.  We are experienced composers in many styles ranging from classical, jazz, rock and world music.  Through work on several contemporary features and shorts, Carlos and Rich have experience in composing behind dialog and in situations where music plays a larger role in conveying the meaning of the film.


A demo reel is available upon request.

For more information contact:

Carlos Garza

8209 Springfield Village Dr.

Springfield, VA 22152

phone: 703-644-5812

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Halloween Weekend at AFI Silver – 4 Shows!

nosferatu_dvd_coverWe are performing our acclaimed score for the classic silent film, NOSFERATU at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring MD. Shows are Friday Oct. 29 at 10pm and Saturday Oct. 30 at 7:30 and 10pm.   


SALOME Ticket Info

Review of last year’s show:

“Now I really want to sing the praises of Silent Orchestra because they provided an amazing musical score… Everything about the score works perfectly with the film and being able to hear it live is an amazing way to see the film. – Rick ‘The Hat’ Bman”

Read the full review:  Stop the Planet of the Apes… I Want to Get Off.

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Salomé (1923) at AFI Silver on Oct. 29, 7:30pm

We’re performing our score for Salomé on OCt. 29th at the beautiful AFI Silver Theatre in downtown Silver Spring, MD.

Nazimova as Salomé

Nazimova as Salomé

Regarded as one of America’s first art films, Salomé is adapted from an Oscar Wilde play that retells the saga of King Herod and his execution of John the Baptist to please his stepdaughter Salomé.

Eric Brace of the Washington Post had this to say about the 2001 premiere:

“A little more than a year ago, in the auditorium of the National Gallery of Art’s East Building, the duo Silent Orchestra was anything but as they provided a stirring and remarkable soundtrack to the screening of the 1923 silent film ‘Salome.”

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Salome at Smithsonian American Art Museum

Silent Orchestra was interviewed by Allison Jessing of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

photo (c) Bruce Guthrie

photo (c) Bruce Guthrie

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Back in the day, (over 2,000 years ago) King Herod went Gaga over this Lady.  2010 marks the return of Salomé!

Saturday, August 7, 2010, 3 – 4:30pm
American Art Museum, Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium (enter from G Street)
Free tickets are distributed in the G Street Lobby 30 minutes before the program begins.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery present the classic film Salomé (1923, 75 min) with a score performed live by Silent Orchestra.  Regarded as one of America’s first art films, Salomé is adapted from an Oscar Wilde play that retells the saga of King Herod and his execution of John the Baptist to please his stepdaughter Salomé.

More details on the Smithsonian web site.

Check out this great picture by Bruce Guthrie from our Nosferatu performance at AFI Silver last year.  (photo © 2009 Bruce Guthrie)

You can see more pictures from this event at Bruce Guthrie’s web site.

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October 2009


  • Silent Orchestra was at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland on Oct. 30th. 2009. We performed a live accompaniment to the 1922 film, Nosferatu . (Photo (c) Bruce Guthrie)
  • “Haunting Melodies” — Carlos Garza interviewed for a story on Nosferatu (1922) by Kitty McConnell of Ohio’s The Other Paper
  • Silent Orchestra featured in an interview at The Midnight Palace
  • Join us on-line to hear new music from the Nosferatu CD on MySpace: myspace.com/silentorchestramusic
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    2007-2008: Nosferatu at AFI Silver

    Silent Orchestra returned to AFI Silver for what has become an annual event. The crowds keep growing. After ten years of performing our Nosferatu score in public, it just never gets old for us. We’ve added new music in a few places and are constantly evolving our interpretation with improvisation. James White has been with us as MC since the beginning and is an audience favorite.

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