I’ve been working on a story with Casper Star-Tribune reporter Christine Robinson on a young piano prodigy in Laramie.
Eleven-year-old James Wilson and his mom were kind enough to let us follow and observe them over a few different days. Last Friday we spent a few hours in their Laramie home as he practiced for a recital the following day. It’s tough work, this music thing. He puts in an amazing amount of practice on that instrument.
We were in for an even bigger treat the next day at the recital in the University of Wyoming Fine Arts Auditorium, where we were awed by James, an adorable and crazy talented 7-year-old girl, and a stunningly accomplished 15-year-old. Who knew Laramie had such a pool of musical talent?
Stories like these make me all happy inside. Young people studying classical music and making the timeless art live on is indeed very inspiring.
Here’s a short clip of James I shot with my phone as he works out a familiar piece by Mozart. Our story and photos are scheduled to run this coming Sunday in the Casper Star-Tribune. I’ll be sure to post the links when they publish.