2023 Upcoming Shows

Thurs. Apr. 20: Roger Ebert Film Festival, Champaign, IL.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. 

Thurs., Apr.27: Milwaukee Film Festival, Milwaukee, WI.

Sat., April 29: The Ross Theater, Lincoln, NB
Sun., April 30: The Ross Theater, Lincoln, NB
Man with the Movie Camera (matinee)

Past Shows

Fri, March 18: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Willard Straight Hall. 7pm
Performing to the primordial gangster film UNDERWORLD (1927)

Tues., May 10: San Francisco Silent Film Festival
The Castro Theater.
Performing to Dziga Vertov’s recently restored THE HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR (1921)

Sat., Oct.15. Clemens Fine Art Center
West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Paducah, KT 
“The General”, Buster Keaton’s acclaimed masterpiece.

Fri., Oct.28. Community Theater, Catskill, NY
7:00pm: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, the classic German Expressionist Film.

Sat., Oct.29. Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro, VT
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, the classic German Expressionist Film.

Nov.4-5. AFI Silver Theater, Silver Spring, MD
Fri., Nov.4. 7:15 pm. “Man with the Movie Camera”, Dziga Vertov’s masterpiece of avant-garde cinema..
Sat., Nov.5. 2:00 pm: “Phantom of the Opera”, starring Lon Chaney
Sat., Nov.5. 4:30 pm: “Blackmail”, Alfred Hitchcock’s last silent film. Classic Hitchcock.

Sun., Nov. 6., 2:00pm. The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
“The History of the Civil War”, by Russian director Dziga Vertov. (Man with the Movie Camera). Free!


The premier of Dziga Vertov’s “The History of the Civil Wars” at IDFA in Amsterdam on Nov.20 with our brand new score was a rousing success. Nikolai Izvolov, who reconstructed the film, said it was “a musical triumph!” The film showed only once, in 1921. One hundred years later it showed for the second time – with our live score. Two months of intense composing, recording and rehearsing seems to have paid off.

Business Docs’ IDFA Stage Review:
An excellent live score by The Anvil Orchestra, alternately martial and mournful, with rousing percussion, intimate piano and harmonica, and a sorrowful musical saw, did much to heighten the drama, and also to ease the audience past the less captivating parts of the movie.”

Here is the full Euronews video article. There is an interview with The Anvil Orchestra towards the end, as well as our music through-out much of the video:

L to R: Dorota Lech (Director of the Toronto Film Festival); Terry Donahue; Nikolai Izvolov (film archivist); Konstantin Vertogradsky (Aerogroup); Roger C. Miller.
The Anvil Orchestra in Action at the Tuschinski Theater in Amsterdam.


AFI SILVER THEATER, Silver Spring, Maryland.
Sat, Nov 6, 4:00 p.m. METROPOLIS (1927). The quintessential silent Sci-Fi Epic.
Sun, Nov 7, 2:00 p.m. THE GENERAL (1926). Buster Keaton’s masterpiece!
Sun, Nov 7, 4:30 p.m. UNDERWORLD (1927). The primordial Gangster Film!

Hamilton College, Clinton New York.
All students and faculty are vaccinated and we are pretty certain masks are required. Sept.18: 4:00pm. METROPOLIS. The quintessential silent Sci-Fi Epic. Sept.19: 2:00pm. THE GENERAL. Buster Keaton’s masterpiece!

August 28: SNF Nostos Festival, Athens, Greece.
The Anvil Orchestra will be performing live to the classic Sci-Fi masterpiece, METROPOLIS. This early Sci-Fi masterpiece is one of the most influential films ever made. You can clearly see its echoes in Blade Runner and many other films. This version is the 2010 version which includes 20 minutes of newly found footage added from South America. Adolph Hitler was so impressed by Metropolis that he asked Fritz Lang to work for his newly formed political party. Fritz Lang refused and fled to America. He continued making films in Hollywood. The film has, literally, a cast of thousands, and its epic nature is equaled by The Anvil Orchestra’s intensely rhythmic and atmospheric score.

Aug.10 Update:
It is unfortunate, but the CDC recently recommended that even vaccinated people do not go to Greece due to Covid. So instead of performing in Athens, we will record a virtual concert here in Vermont and it will be projected in the theater in Greece. Even without being in Athens, the show must go on! And The Anvil Orchestra will make that happen.

HERE is The Anvil Orchestra’s “Welcome to SNF Nostos” video.

We are planning for shows in the Fall, hoping that Covid will be gone. It’s about time.