Transcendence (ˌtran(t)ˈsendəns/) noun: existence or experience beyond the normal or physical level.
Lindsey Stirling had a past, just like everyone else in this world. She opened a song – “Transcendence” in fact – with her story. She suffered from an eating disorder which eventually lead her to depression. It all happens to the best of us, according to her. Instead of letting it overcome her, she turned to music. Music was her escape, as it is for many throughout the world, and it made her stronger. She transcended and I don’t doubt her music has been the reason for others to transcend as well.
I arrived to the venue about ten minutes before Lindsey Stirling came on. I stood with the other photographers on a path that lead to the stage and we waited for someone to escort us down. The arena itself was huge: a giant pit in front of the stage was set up for those diehard fans – and there were two that I chatted with who has been to every show previously on this tour and will be at every one after – and many sections of chair laid out in a semi-circle around the stage.
As I stood next to the stage, I analyzed the pit. The gate pressed against the five speakers in front of the stage, which meant that it would be hell trying to get in there when the lights dimmed. I was careful of where I placed my foot, plopped myself on two legs of a gate, and stayed there the entire show; I wasn’t risking the move. However, other photographers did, which meant it was still a dance to angle the right way as it was to stay upright.
The show itself was beautiful. Screens projected backgrounds as Lindsey Stirling pranced around the stage with multiple costume changes throughout the two hour long concert of just her performing. Once the photographers left after three songs, a giant screen cascaded down the entire stage in which Lindsey Stirling could be seen as light peered through. She danced behind this screen as she strung her bow against the chords of her violin. To put simply, it was magic. It was truly like nothing I’ve seen before and it was artfully done. It kept those who didn’t think they would enjoy her entertained and proceeded to impress long-time fans. Lindsey Stirling likes her theatricality and that’s what she brought to the table. It wasn’t simply orchestra music that took the stage, it was her. All of her. Every bit of her emerged onto that stage and inspired the almost sold-out Santander Arena in Reading, PA.
P.S. Even my mom liked the show and she’s pretty picky with music.
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