With or without any five-star words, Worden relishes coming back to North Texas, feeling a special kinship with the audiences here.

"I've always found the audiences in Dallas to be so warm," she says. "People have come up after the show and told me that it was like a sanctuary for them."

Such has not always been the case in other cities. With a sound that depends on the interaction between violin, viola and cello, talkative fans provide a constant dilemma for neo-classicists like Worden.

"Sometimes you can attack audience misbehavior head on," she says. "Sometimes you ignore it, and sometimes you just have to laugh at the situation and laugh at yourself."

But unlike an artist like Ryan Adams who verbally assaults audience members for chatting, Worden understands the role of a performer. In fact, she relishes it.

"What you're there to do is provide a service for people," she says. "It's a gift when people give you their attention."

As such, Worden does not believe being a virtuoso limits her ability to connect with the audience.

"I believe that some people are more gifted than others in some areas," Worden says, "but music is something inherently human, something that's part of being alive."

No need to talk over that.

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