Dubstep Violinist Lindsey Stirling Shines at The Fabulous Fox Theatre

By Julia Ross
In Culture

From backdrops of gyrating fireballs, glistening stars and roaring oceans, 28-year-old dubstep violinist Lindsey Stirling took her audience on a musical journey that went around (and out of) this world on June 24 at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. Known for her unique fusion of classical violin and electronic beats, Stirling delivered a vibrant performance including hits such as “Crystallize” from her new album “Shatter Me,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.

Photo courtesy of The Fabulous Fox Theatre.

Photo courtesy of The Fabulous Fox Theatre.

Stirling took center stage in a futuristic silver ensemble as lights flashed, and she geared up her violin for the opening act of “Ascendance.” Accompanied by her talented band and backup dancers, the music penetrated into the audience as she played the violin with the power of a rock star and danced with the grace of a ballerina. Her dynamic ability to simultaneously play the violin while dancing on stage was enthralling.

Not long into the performance, Stirling looked out at her drop-jawed audience as she excitingly realized that the Fox “..is one of, probably the most, beautiful rooms I have played in.” She humbly explained that her last performance in St. Louis was met with 500 fans, compared to the packed theater of The Fox, which holds up to 4,500. And by opening with female pop-sensation Olivia Somerlyn and her selection of all-female backup dancers, Stirling proudly shared that she considers this tour a “girl power tour.”

Switching gears, Stirling opened up about her past as she shared a few words of wisdom with her audience. The violinist said she was not always as confident as her stage persona might convey and that a few years ago she suffered from depression. She shared her firm belief with the audience that “we all have the power within ourselves to become the person we want to be.” The key, she continued, is to practice thinking positively and to practice loving yourselves. This insight to her past alludes to the common thread found in her music: a somber beginning followed by an uplifting and powerful chorus, symbolic of her ability to overcome obstacles in her life.

Multicolor skirt glowing, Stirling continued with “Firefly” as she let her vocals shine. As she twirled and flipped her hair, it was clear Stirling was thoroughly enjoying herself. She ended the evening with the inspirational “Shatter Me,” followed by an encore of “Beyond the Veil with Phantom of the Opera,” the capstone on an unforgettable performance.

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