By Stephanie Powell

Once security waves the Strings staff into the parking lot, we pass a pair of what appear to be two-story-high tour buses, enter the backstage interworkings of the Green Music Center, and walk down a hallway lined with autographed photos of big-name players: Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Augustin Hadelich, Joshua Bell, and the list goes on.

At the end of the hall is a dressing room with a simple black-and-white sign: Lindsey Stirling. Inside, Stirling sits with some friends (and her rescue pup Luna, who is playfully running amok), as she graciously welcomes us into her room with a warm smile.

Her violin (this one named “Bushwacker” after an infamous 1,700-pound bucking bull) lays across a piano. It’s August 11, one week before her third album, Brave Enough, drops, and Stirling makes time to film a Strings Session before a sound check and meet-and-greet with fans.

Watch the energetic triple-threat perform an acoustic version of “The Arena,” the first single from her album, behind-the-scenes at the Green Music Center.

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