June 27, 2014
It was one somber moment in a concert that was focused on its high-energy output, EDM-infused performance and, of course, plenty of dancing. Stirling, who first found fame on the America's Got Talent stage in 2010, has since made a name for herself as the "dancing violinist" combining her talent as a classical violinist with her passion for dancing.
A couple of costume changes were interspersed within the set without becoming distracting. She shed a black outfit in favor of a glow-in-the dark green bodysuit; she later wore a fairy-like dress before playing a "Legend of Zelda" medley that borrowed heavily from the game's theme song.
Live, Stirling's performance takes on a new level of respect as you see her stiff left arm holding the violin while her body twists, contorts and moves around. She never misses a note or beat as her music carries the listener on a whirlwind of instrumentals. She occasionally told the crowd stories behind the songs and their meanings, but, as with most instrumental music, it's mainly up to the listener to create a story or emotion for themselves from the songs.
A large round video screen at the back of the stage helped illustrate some of the music's themes and also provided backing vocals from Meg & Dia's Dia Frampton for "We Are Giants" and Lzzy Hale for the set-closing "Shatter Me." It also showed some home videos of a young Stirling dancing as a child that gave more context to how far she has come over the years.
"People said I'd never have a career as a dancing violinist," Stirling said, thanking the crowd for their years of support. "Without you, I wouldn't be living my dreams right now."