Pop-up concert 2 on the university square
Ema Nikolovska. Sean Shibe
Orlando, the time traveler

Free Admission

13 Jun 2024

Songs for everyone! Mezzo-soprano Ema Nikolovska and guitarist Sean Shibe give a foretaste of their evening concert "Orlando, the time traveler" in the auditorium of the Old University of Heidelberg with pop-up concerts in public places in the old town. Free admission!

Ema Nikolovska and Sean Shibe are equal partners in their dialog: The Canadian-Macedonian mezzo-soprano can already look back on a stellar career and prestigious competition prizes. However, the graduate of the Heidelberger Frühling Liedakademie doesn't just go straight ahead, she likes to think outside the box, driven by a passion to rethink the classical concert format so as not to lose touch with the present. She devises originally curated concert programs with a repertoire that knows no limitations.

She has found a brother in spirit in the Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe, whose classical and electric guitar repertoire ranges from the Middle Ages to the present day. Together, they embark on a tour of musical and intellectual history in the footsteps of the enigmatic figure of Orlando. The journey ranges from Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso" to Virginia Woolf, touches on Schubert's "Winterreise" and honors the festival's focus on Brahms with three songs, including "Da unten im Tale", a wistful folk song that Brahms first set for three-part choir, then for four-part choir and only finally for solo voice. In the present, the programme arrives with commissioned compositions by Sasha Scott and Cassandra Miller and concludes, quite naturally, briefly with songs by Laurie Anderson and Bob Dylan. Bach's Two-Part Inventions provide the reassuring central theme.

Ema Nikolovska


Sean Shibe

Guitar and electric guitar