Lindsay Sterling

Lindsey Stirling performed Friday, Oct. 16, in the BYU-Idaho John W. Hart Building Auditorium.
Stirling told the audience this would be her last performance for the year.
“We’re ending it strong here in Rexburg,” she said.
Stirling told the audience that this was a sentimental show to her because before she was big as a solo artist, she had a band in high school, Stomp on Melvin, and they came to Rexburg for their first tour 12 years ago.
Stirling was not the only one who felt sentimental at the show.
Stephen and Cassie Rippon of Ogden, Utah, came up to Rexburg just to see her show.
Cassie Rippon said she has been a fan of Stirling for years, and she wanted to come and support her hero.
“I just admire her for keeping true to herself and being such a good example, ’cause that’s kind of rare with stars these days,” she said.
Knowing how important it was for his wife to see this concert, Stephen Rippon bought the tickets for the couple to attend the performance. But that is not all they got to do.
Cassie Rippon said her husband purchased the VIP upgrade, and they got to meet Stirling.
“He’s the best husband in the world,” Cassie Rippon said. “He’s so sweet to let us do this.”
She said she has been wanting to meet Stirling for so long and cannot believe it finally happened.
“She was so sweet and kind,” Cassie Rippon said. “She said she was so happy we came to support her.”
The couple said they enjoyed the show as well.
“I love how she incorporates the music videos into her concert,” Cassie Rippon said.
Ethan Atwell, a senior studying history, said he felt this concert was the best show so far that he has attended.
“I thought it was so visually appealing,” he said. “It was just great entertainment, overall.”
Shelby Limburg, a junior studying psychology, said she enjoyed Stirling’s performance overall, but she especially enjoyed the light show.
“It was incredible,” she said. “It was not what I was expecting. It was way above what I was expecting.”
Katie Bracken, a junior studying social work, said that having grown up as a dancer, she was impressed with Stirling’s dancing.
“It made me want to go back and dance because it was just so great,” she said.
During her performance, Stirling sang, “Firefly.”
“I didn’t know that she sang, so it was surprising when she came out singing,” Bracken said.
Rippon said she liked hearing Stirling sing and has heard that she only performs that song in her concerts.
Atwell said he felt mesmerized during the entire show.
“I was thinking, ‘What is she going to do for an hour and a half with a violin and dance?'” he said. “But then, with all the visual stuff, it just went by so much faster than I thought it would.”
Nick Bushman, a junior studying exercise physiology, said he felt that Stirling had real talent because of her ability to capture an audience without using lyrics.
Limburg said she felt inspired as Stirling told the stories and inspiration behind her songs.
During the show, Stirling told the audience about how she used to be a different person than she is today. She told of how she had suffered with depression and had to re-train her brain to think positively again. She said she knew that it was possible to  change, and that she was an example     of that.
“You can’t help but be inspired after hearing that,” Limburg said.
She said she felt disappointed when Stirling announced she only had a few songs left.
During Stirling’s encore, she incorporated a medley of songs from Phantom of the Opera.
“At the end, who would’ve thought she would’ve come back with an encore of like a, whole concert in itself?” said Eilene Page, of Idaho Falls, Idaho. “It was the best encore I’ve ever had.”