12-year old cello prodigy opens WCO Masterworks Series

12-year old cello prodigy opens WCO Masterworks Series

Miriam K. Smith, a 12-year-old cellist, will share her cello-playing ability with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra beginning Friday, Jan. 25, as a part of the Masterworks series.

Miriam picked up the cello at age 4 and started touring at age 8. She’s performed with the Cincinnati and Louisville orchestras, as well as concerts on the square in front of tens of thousands of people last summer.

“I feel ready. I feel excited. I’m just always excited to play,” the 12-year-old said. “Music controls my actions. When I hear it, it makes me happy.”

Although Miriam spend three to four hours a day practicing, she still finds time for ballet and martial arts. Her future goals include becoming a professional musician and traveling the world to share her music, but for now, she just has to be a kid.

The five-part series kicks off tonight at the Overture Center and features world-renowned musicians.

Tickets are available online.

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