The holidays are here, and for the last two winters, that means a Christmas-themed tour from Lindsey Stirling, as she’s out promoting her holiday album, Warmer in the Winter. This year, we were treated to a very special evening at Shea’s Theater in Buffalo Stirling was the artist of choice to perform for this year’s Ronald McDonald House fundraising event.
I brought my 8-year-old son along for this show, his very first concert. Heading into the evening, he hadn’t the slightest clue who Lindsey Stirling was, but couldn’t have been more excited for an evening of holiday music! My expectations were already high, having seen Stirling perform before, I knew this performance was likely to be exceptional.
To begin the evening, three of Stirling’s dancers entertained the crowd, going up and down the aisles and interacting with fans. At one point, they brought a couple onto the stage to let them try their hand at the violin. The man failed miserably, and the woman didn’t start off terribly well either. After a few minor adjustments, she repositioned and started to play. This time, it wasn’t nearly as sloppy as the expected. Moments later, she removed her large curly wig to reveal the pink hair of Lindsey Stirling.
For the first selection of the evening, Stirling began with a cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” followed immediately by “Christmas C’mon,” an original from Stirling’s holiday album. The broad appeal to this show was just how familiar anyone would be with most of these Christmas classics, which also included covers of “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Hallelujah,” and “Santa Baby,” to name but a few. The set was also sprinkled with several of Stirling’s original tunes, including “Warmer in the Winter,” “Crystallize” (the only non-Christmas song of the evening) and the show closer “I Wonder As I Wander.”
The total performance ran a solid 90 minutes and included 18 selections. Throughout the evening, Stirling graced the stage accompanied by a spectacular and cheerful accompaniment of dancers, underwent several costume changes and succeeded in keeping the entire theater engaged from start to finish. Both dance and live music can be incredibly personal experiences, and Stirling manages to marry both of them masterfully in her performance.
As the show ended and people began to file out, it was clear that this had been a spectacular evening for everyone. My son certainly approved, as it’s all he’s been talking about since the show. It’s my personal hope that this holiday tour becomes an annual event, as it’s an experience that everyone deserves a chance to see. While the tour has just wrapped up, you can get most of these selections on the deluxe edition of “Warmer in the Winter” right now to hold you over until the next time this tour comes through town!