Lindsey Stirling Performing At Foxwoods

Special to The Courant

In 2016, violinist, dancer and performer Lindsey Stirling released a record, "Brave Enough," that was a response to two big losses in her life, the unrelated deaths of her best friend and her father. The album was about having the strength to carry on in the face of grief.

This year Stirling, whose music blends classical chops and rock style with theatricality, is showing her joyous side. She just released a Christmas record, "Warmer In the Winter," that finds her playing familiar tunes like "Carol of the Bells," "All I Want For Christmas," "Let It Snow" and others. Sterling has a taste for the weepy and the schmaltzy and also the big gesture, all of which suits the Christmas album format pretty well.

She'll go for the dramatic glissando whenever she feels like it. Stirling gained fame as a YouTube performer, and she's maintained her independence even as her career has made her famous. Recent tours have found her doing a mini set on tiny instruments, performing magic and adding other theatrical flourishes to her shows. She's said that she'd like to be able to take flight while playing her violin. Perhaps she's mastered that aspect of stagecraft, so fans should at least expect a performance that engages both musically and visually.

See Lindsey Stirling at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30.

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