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Young Adult Violinist Lindsey Stirling to Perform


YouTube sensation and America’s Got Talent finalist Lindsey Stirling, the world’s only musician to blend classical violin, modern dance and video game themes, will perform as part of SUNY Cortland’s Family Weekend programming on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Stirling, who has scored more than 102 million hits on YouTube and sold more than 300,000 songs on iTunes, will begin at 8 p.m. in the Corey Union Function Room.

The concert is presented by the Campus Artist and Lecture Series (CALS) as part of its 2012-13 line-up with four other planned performances. Tickets cost $5 for faculty, staff and the general public. Admission is free for SUNY Cortland students who present their College ID. Pre-school children will be admitted free as well.

Tickets can be purchased in Corey Union, Room 406, or beginning one hour prior to the performance at the Function Room. For more information, contact the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office at (607) 753-5574.

Stirling, who will release her self-titled debut album on Sept. 18, is recognized for the nonconformity of her music and performances. Her YouTube channel explores her versatility — from country to the style she is most known for: electronic-dub step played on a violin.

“My musical style is a reflection of my personality, and through it I hope to share my belief that no one should be afraid to be themselves,” said Stirling, whose videos involve intricate and energetic dancing, inspired playing, imaginative costumes and – often – themes from video games like Skyrim and the Legend of Zelda.

She has performed abroad in the United Kingdom, Kenya and Italy and comes to SUNY Cortland as part of her 2012 United States tour.

Stirling’s non-conformity in art and music aims to inspire young adults all over the world.

Stirling quoted on her website, “I believe that through our thoughts, beliefs and the environments we create, we each possess the power to make a positive change within ourselves and others,” referring to the meaning of her number one hit Crystallize. The YouTube video for that song has had more than 26 million viewers.

Stirling began her musical career by playing free community concerts. She also had a passion for dance and taught herself different styles by watching YouTube videos. She continued to practice playing the violin and dancing in unique ways, such as joining a rock band called Stomp at age 16. After using her talent to win scholarships such as The Distinguished Young Woman pageant, Stirling began making her own YouTube videos to gain recognition of her unique performing style.

More information about Stirling can be found on her website