The Annual
Sunday 17th November 2013 3.30pm

 Glebe Music Festival

In conjunction with The Glebe Society Inc

Concert 4:
Sunday 17th November at 3.30pm,
Great Hall, University of Sydney:


Amy Johansen, organ
Helen Saltos, soprano
David Miller, piano

Eugène Gigout (1844-1924) Grand Chœur Dialogué
Soprano and organ:
Georg Frideric Handel (1685-1795) V’adoro, pupille (Giulio Cesare) (1)
Michel Corrette (1707-1975) Concerto No. 2 in A
Allegro - Adagio - Giga: Allegro
Soprano and piano:
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) O mio Babbino caro (Gianni Schicci) (2)
Georges Bizet (1838-1875) Me voilà seule comme autrefois (The Pearl Fishers) (3)
Giacomo Puccini Quando m'en vo (La Bohème) (4)
Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911) March upon Handel’s “Lift up your Heads”
Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
adapted for organ by Dana Perna
Irish Tune from County Derry
Robert Ampt (b. 1949) Concert Etude on an Australian Folk Tune


  1. Cleopatra has arranged for Cesare to come to her palace where she has devised a scène d'amour. He is enchanted by this song of love as he looks up to see her singing atop the “Mount Parnassus” surrounded by muses and in the guise of the Goddess, Virtue.
  2. The famous aria from this comedic opera is a plea by Lauretta for her father to allow her to marry her beloved Rinuccio. As she points out, they have already acquired a ring from the Ponte Vecchio (we are in Florence, after all) and threatens to throw herself in the river Arno if he does not concede.
  3. The Brahmin priestess, Leila, has been brought to pray during the time the fishermen are at sea. When she is finally alone in a ruined temple in the night, she sings this aria of the love that is filling her heart. This love is, of course, forbidden but returned by Nadir, who she feels watches over her in shadows as she sleeps. She has recognised him, senses his presence, and is overcome by her emotions and memory of the love she still feels.
  4. It is Christmas Eve and we are at the Cafe Momus in the Latin Quarter in Paris. The coquette, Musetta has spied her formerflame, Marcello and has her heart set on ensnaring him once again. How does she do this? By outrageously flirting in this song about her beauty, hidden charms and the essence of desire she inspires.

Helen Saltos and David Miller




HELEN SALTOS (soprano) is a graduate of the University of Newcastle and the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium Opera School. She was the recipient of a number of awards and scholarships including the George and Nerissa Johnson Bequest (awarded by Opera Australia) the Helpman family scholarship, the Geoffrey Rothwell scholarship and the Doris Smith Scholarship which allowed her further professional development in the UK and Italy.

Her performance history includes singing for Opera Australia in NSW and Victoria as a touring soloist and as a member of the chorus. She has sung in concerts in the UK, Italy, the South Pacific and Australia. Helen also performs for corporate functions and special event entertainment. Since becoming a mother, she has focused on children’s early music education. Engagements this year have ranged from filming children’s television to singing for the Morning Melodies concert series in Queensland.

Operatic roles include first lady in The Magic Flute (Bloomsbury Festival, London), Sandman and Mother in Hansel and Gretel and Rosina in The Barber of Seville (OA’s OzOpera Touring Company), Lucy in The Telephone (NIDA), Thérèse in Les Mamelles di Tiresias, Dragonfly in L'Enfant et les Sortileges, Iphigenia in Iphigenia in Tauris, Damon in Acis and Galatea, and Dorothée in Cendrillion (Sydney Conservatorium). As a concert soloist Helen has performed in Mozart's Requiem (Chorale Les Alizes, New Caledonia), Four Chambers of the Heart by Andre Greenwell (Australian Women's Music Festival) and Symphony No.3 by Carl Nielsen.

DAVID MILLER (piano) is widely recognized as one of Australia's leading pianists, chamber musicians and vocal accompanists. He was once described as “the role model of Australian accompanists” and has been appointed as a member of the Order of Australia for his service to music. His distinguished career has included partnerships with many internationally renowned singers and instrumentalists. He records regularly for ABC Classics, Melba Recordings, Tall Poppies and Wirripang. He has always had a strong commitment to the promotion and performance of Australian music. Mr Miller has been on the staff of Sydney Conservatorium of Music since 1980 and in 1995 was appointed the first chair of the Ensemble Studies Unit, with responsibility for ensemble tuition and administration throughout the institution. He has conducted master classes and lectures for universities, conservatoriums and music organizations in Australia and Asia. As a teacher, David Miller has produced many of Australia¹s finest and most successful young piano accompanists.

AMY JOHANSEN is University Organist and Carillonist at the University of Sydney, playing the organ in the Great Hall and the 54-bell War Memorial Carillon for graduation ceremonies, recitals, and special events. She has appeared as organ soloist and accompanist with many ensembles including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, The Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Sydney Chamber Choir and the Australia Ensemble. Her performances have been broadcast on American Public Radio's Pipedreams, the ABC and the BBC, and she has made several CD recordings, available on the Move and Pro Organo labels. Two CDs (Great Hall Grandeur and Carillon and Organ: Musical celebrations from the University of Sydney) feature the University’s two largest musical instruments, the organ and carillon.

Amy Johansen

This is the final Great Hall organ recital for the year. Please join us again in March when we begin our 2014 organ recital series with the glorious music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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