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Gala Concert

November 25, 2023 I Halle Opera

Gala Concert of the 16th Film Music Days Saxony Anhalt 2023

In the great Gala Concert of the 16th Film Music Days Saxony Anhalt, the Staatskapelle Halle under the direction of Bernd Ruf presented a mix of international and national as well as young-generation-oriented compositions relevant to the show.

The jazz solist Julie Silvera and Sarah Sieprath gave their own, wonderful contributions to the program.


  • Alan Silvestri: Back to the Future (arr. Nic Raine), from the film „Back to the Future“
  • Joe Hisaishi: Saka no Ue no Kumo, suite from the TV-show „Saka no Ue no Kumo“
  • Masterclass: DieTheorie von Allem, film excerpt
  • Joni Mitchell: Edith And The Kingpin (arr. Christoph Liedtke),from the album „River – the joni letters“
  • Julie Silvera
  • Tim Haas: This is the Future (arr. Tim Haas)
  • Max Steiner: Gone With the Wind (arr. Gottfried Rabl), film theme from „Vom Winde verweht“
  • Peter Hinderthür: An Ode to Life, from the film „Meinen Hass bekommt ihr nicht“
  • John Legend: Glory (arr. Thomas Höhl), from the film „Selma“
  • Gesang Julie Silvera


  • John Williams: Suite from Jaws:
    I. The Shark Theme
    II. Out to Sea / The Shark Cage Fugue
    from the film „Jaws – Der weiße Hai“
  • Reinhold Heil, Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek: The Perfume (arr. Gene Pritsker, Jonathan Levi Shanes, Bronwen Jones, Peter Hinderthür),
    suite from the film „Das Parfüm“
  • Anne Dudley: The Full Monty (arr. Robin Hoffmann)
  • Rolf Wilhelm: Marsch from the film „Papa Ante Portas“
  • Michel Legrand: The Windmills of Your Mind (arr. Benjamin Köthe), from the film „The Thomas Crown Affair“
  • Julie Silvera
  • Bono und The Edge: GoldenEye (arr. Hans-Christian Stephan), from the film „James Bond – GoldenEye“
  • Julie Silvera

Visual impressions of the gala concert

With star-solo singer Julie Silvera

Foto: Lucja Romanowska

Whether fronting a big band, an orchestra or conducting a gospel choir, soloist Julie Silvera convinces with her self-confidence, her high standards as well as her stunning musicality. Whenever she takes to the microphone, she sings and swings with all her heart.

After her classical vocal studies and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting at Washington State University, Julie Silvera also earned her Doctorate in Musical Performance – Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Miami. She ceaselessly honed her vocal skills, winning multiple awards (Lionel Hampton Award, Downbeat Magazine) and performing with contemporary jazz greats such as Russell Malone, Christian McBride and Ira Sullivan. She also passionately works with her own jazz trio.

As a background vocalist, Julie Silvera has worked with many of today’s brilliant musicians, including Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, George Benson, Gloria Estefan, Quincy Jones, Bernadette Peters, and KC (of KC and the Sunshine Band). In classical choral work, she coached and sang in the Verdi opera Aida, a Florida Grand Opera production, to celebrate the grand opening of the stunning Ziff Ballet and Concert Hall at the Adrianne Arsht Center.

In 2010, Julie Silvera took over as choral director of Unity on the Bay Choir in Miami, which under her direction, in addition to traditional gospel and spiritual repertoire, now also includes contemporary literature. She also has a long-standing relationship with the Blankeneser Gospel Choir in Hamburg. In various workshops and sold-out concerts she particpatedas a conductor and as well as a solo artist.

Dr. Julie Silvera is a sought-after lecturer and coach for jazz, popular vocal styles and techniques, as well as for gospel choirs, both in the United States and in Europe. She currently chairs the vocal panel for Youngarts. As a soloist, Julie Silvera has demonstrated her outstanding talent in countless concerts and shows worldwide.

More about Julie Silvera: http://www.juliesilvera.com/