From Disappointment To Exhilaration!

When fans have tickets to a Linda Eder show during the winter months, there is always the chance that Mother Nature will rear her ugly head and cause havoc, preventing the show from happening when scheduled. Such was the case when Linda had a show planned on January 22, 2016 at Mitchell Hall Theatre on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmonds, Oklahoma. Due to a huge snowstorm, Linda wasn’t able to make the trip, and the show was rescheduled for May 14th.

There was initial disappointment among fans when they were notified, but knowing they could still look forward to Linda making the trip in May helped ease the “pain.” And then on May 14th, there was exhilaration among the crowd as they filed into the Mitchell Hall Theatre. Linda was there to perform for them… finally!

Fan Christi Simpson and Linda

Christi Simpson from Oklahoma writes…

In April of 2009, I thought I was getting a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Linda Eder live! Honestly, who expects artists like her to perform in places like Oklahoma? 

Much to my surprise, toward the end of last year, the lovely Ellen informed me that Linda was returning to Oklahoma! I was so excited that my once in a lifetime was becoming a twice in a lifetime! The show was initially scheduled for January, but was postponed until May due to Linda being snowed in back in New York. The extra wait was absolutely worth it, though! Once again, Linda did not disappoint.  Even my friends, who were new to her music fell in love with her voice and her personality!

The set list very closely followed that which was recorded on her “Live” album from 2014, perhaps minus a couple of the songs (although I could just have a bad memory). Linda entertained the audience with songs like “Blue Skies,” “Stormy Weather,”  “Someone Like You,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long,” (complete with her version of a soft shoe dance) “If I Could,” “Fernando,” “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” and “Man of La Mancha.” She even performed “Over the Rainbow” for an encore!

I may be a little biased, but my favorite performance had to be “Climb Every Mountain,” as Linda and Ellen were so sweet to dedicate the song to me. While I’ve heard the song numerous times and know the lyrics well, I had never really thought they pertained to me. However, looking back at the last few years, I realize just how closely the lyrics define my life. Linda and Ellen both knew that and chose the perfect song to touch my heart! I love them both for that!  Thank you, Linda… and Ellen! 

After the show, Linda met with her fans in the lobby. She was so down to earth and took time to visit with each person who approached her. She happily signed autographs and posed for multiple pictures. It was obvious just how adored she is by those in attendance. I was happy to have the chance to meet her again after 7 years, although I rushed myself out of there so I didn’t keep her from the remaining people in line. I felt like I could’ve chatted all night! She’s such an amazing person with a beautiful soul to match her beautiful voice! God certainly broke the mold when he made her!

Fan Terry Vandergrift and Linda

Terry Vandergrift from Oklahoma writes…

Saturday May 14, 2016 is a day I will never forget. I first became a fan of Linda and her music in 1990 with the release of her first CD in America. I became instantly enthralled with her stunning vocals, especially on the now classic “Vienna.” An amazing talent that I have listened to for over 25 years, one I never thought I would have the opportunity to see in person. The concert was very elegant and everything I expected, as well as hoped it would be.

Her first number of the evening “Through the Eyes of Love” is an excellent way to have begun. Though it was a relatively small crowd, I would guess 200-300 fans, Linda performed with all of her heart for each one of us. The concert felt very intimate, as though she was singing to us personally. I was quite proud of my fellow Oklahomans, as we gave her the response she deserved. Her statement, “I’ve never been to Oklahoma, I didn’t know what to expect,” was very humble. Little did she know how popular and loved she is in our state.

The concert included some classics, such as “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” and “Fernando” that were performed amazingly, as were the original classic “Someone Like You” and, of course, the AMAZING “Vienna”. My ex-wife asked me, when telling her all about the evening, did she sing “IT?” Yes she did, yes she did, and it was worth waiting 25 years to hear. The standing ovation and demand for an encore were very richly deserved. The rendition of “Man of La Mancha” made me a fan of a song I had not listened to as much as others. The classic “Over the Rainbow” was performed very eloquently, drawing the question, “Why is Linda compared to Barbra and not the other way around?”

As I previously stated, I have been a fan for over 25 years. I was completely satisfied with the concert, and then to have the opportunity to meet her was almost more than I could stand. The elegance and class of her voice were nicely complemented by her friendliness. I was shocked to see her walking in the crowd taking pictures and meeting her devoted fans.
A night to remember!