"Fearless...They play as though everything everything depended on it...no compromises."          
Los Angeles Times

Upcoming Performances

University of Maryland, College Park March 30, 2017

"Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm"

A Mary Pickford vintage silent film with original musical score by Maria Newman

Maria Newman, violin; Scott Hosfeld, viola; Wendy Prober, piano join University of Maryland faculty members James Stern, violin; Eric Kutz, cello; and Robert DiLutis, clarinet. 

For more information please go to http://theclarice.umd.edu/events/2017/music-and-film

Hearst Castle Premiere
"Short & Spicy Skits from the Other Side of Hollywood:
The Home Movies William Randolph Hearst"


FEATURE FILMS

DADDY LONG LEGS (1919)

Mary Pickford (as Judy Abbott)

(Running Time 85 minutes)
For Piano Quintet and Percussion
-or-Full Chamber Orchestra
Commissioned by Timeline Films
Released by Milestone Films

The Heart O' The Hills (1919)

Mary Pickford (as Mavis Hawn)
(Running Time 87 minutes)
Directed by Marshall Neilan

First National Attractions
For String Quartet and Percussion
-or-String Orchestra, Piano and Percussion
Commissioned by Timeline Films
Released by Milestone Films

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917)

Mary Pickford (as Rebecca Randall)
(Running time 78 minutes)
Directed by Marshall Neilan
For Flute, String Quartet, Piano, and Percussion
Commissioned by the Mary Pickford Institute
and Grand Performances, Los Angeles

The Love Light (1921)

Mary Pickford (as Angela)
(Running Time 89 minutes)
Directed by Frances Marion
For Piano Quartet
Commissioned by Timeline Films
Released by Milestone Films

Quality Street (1927)

Starring Marion Davies and Conrad Nagel
(Running Time 110 minutes)
Produced by Marion Davies
For Flute, Harp, Piano Quintet, and Percussion
Commissioned by the Annenberg Foundation

Tom Sawyer (1917)

Jack Pickford (as Tom)
(Running Time 45 minutes)
For Flute, Violin, and Percussion
-or-String Quartet
Commissioned by the Library of Moving Images

Cinderella (1914)

​Mary Pickford (as Cinderella)
Owen Moore (as Prince Charming)
(Running Time 52 minutes)
Directed by James Kirkwood
Famous Players Film Company
For Chamber Orchestra
-or-Piano Quintet and Percussion
Commissioned by the Omaha Conservatory of Music

​​Mr. Wu (1927)

Lon Chaney (as Mr. Wu)
(Running Time 92 minutes)
Produced by MGM
For Piano Quartet and Percussion
-or-Chamber Orchestra
Commissioned by Turner Classic Movies

The Gibson Goddess (1909)

Marion Leonard (as The Gibson Goddess)
Mary Pickford (as an extra)
(Running Time 9 minutes)
For Violin, Viola, and Piano -or- Cello Quintet
-or-String Orchestra -or- Chamber Orchestra
Commissioned by the Omaha Conservatory of Music

What the Daisy Said (1910)

​Mary Pickford and Owen Moore
(Running Time 12 minutes)
Directed by D.W. Griffith
American Biograph Company
For String Quartet -or- Solo Piano
-or-String Orchestra -or- Chamber Orchestra
Commissioned by the Icicle Creek Music Center
And Timeline Films/Released by Milestone Films

​They Would Elope (1909)

Mary Pickford and Billy Quirk
(Running Time 12 minutes)
Directed by D.W. Griffith
American Biograph Company
For Piano Quartet and Percussion
Commissioned by The Malibu Friends of Music

Ramona (1910)

​Mary Pickford (as Ramona)
(Running Time 17 minutes)
Directed by D.W. Griffith
American Biograph Company
For Violin (or Viola or Cello), Piano, and Percussion
Released by Milestone Film and Video
Commissioned by Turner Classic Movies and
The Mary Pickford Institute

Willful Peggy (1910)

Mary Pickford (as Peggy)
(Running Time 12 minutes)
Directed by D.W. Griffith
American Biograph Company
For Piano Quartet -or- String Orchestra and Piano
-or-String Quartet and Piano
Commissioned by the Young Musicians Foundation

As it is In Life (1910)

Mary Pickford
(Running Time 12 minutes)
Directed by D.W. Griffith
American Biograph Company
For Soprano, Flute, Viola, and Piano
-or-Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano
Commissioned by the Family of Mary Lofdahl

Tender Hearts (1909)

Mary Pickford
(Running Time 3 ½ minutes)
Directed by D.W. Griffith
American Biograph Company
For Violin, Viola, Piano, and Percussion
-or-Viola or Cello, Piano and Percussion
Commissioned by the Malibu Friends of Music

The Dream (1910)

Mary Pickford (as Nell)
Owen Moore
(Running Time 12 minutes)
Independent Moving Picture Company
For Wind Ensemble and Percussion
Or-Chamber Orchestra, Piano and Percussion
-or-Woodwind Quintet and Percussion
or-Violin, Viola, Piano, and Percussion
Commisssioned by the Sierra Symphony Orchestra 





 

 

 

 

 












 

Documentary short film "Something Magical is Happening at the Montgomery Arts House"

Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra

Maria Newman, Composer-in-Residence

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
"They Would Elope,"
Indiana University

Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble

"Heart O' The Hills," Pepperdine 
University

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"Tom Sawyer," Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture, Malibu

The Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra savors the notion that our historical past can be rejuvenated and presented to the modern public in a new light, as life is breathed into rare silent masterpieces with newly commissioned original collaborative music. Rather than reconstruct scores from the silent era in order to recreate historical museum pieces, the Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra brings silent classics into the 21st century with vibrant original music scored specifically for each film by the distinct voice of American composer, Maria Newman. The music is truly modern and highly operatic in fashion, allowing the composer to take on a symbiotic partnership with the film, as both the visual and musical forces work in tandem in a way that has not really been explored in the past.  

A member of Hollywood Royalty herself, Maria Newman is the youngest child of the 9-time Academy Award-winning composer and conductor of the original Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Alfred Newman. Members of the Newman Family Musical Dynasty, who include Randy Newman, Lionel Newman, Thomas Newman, David Newman, and Maria Newman, all have worked on and created the music for many hundreds of motion pictures. 

For the past fifteen years, Newman has scored dozens of silent films, from charming early shorts to the classic feature films of Mary Pickford, Jack Pickford, Lon Chaney, Marion Leonard, Conrad Nagel, and Marion Davies. Varying in orchestration as needed, from small chamber ensembles to full orchestra, the Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra is heard internationally in concert as well as on Turner Classics, regularly introducing new audiences to the art of silent film in collaboration with modern music performed live to the film. For its efforts, the orchestra and its members have garnered multiple awards and commendations from the Annenberg Foundation, the NEA, ASCAP, and the United States Congress, among many others, and have performed in the world's most venerable concert venues and motion picture scoring stages, including the  United States Capitol building in Washington D.C. and Hearst Castle.