Two years ago, “06880″ profiled Ethan Walmark. The 6-year-old — on the autism spectrum, as a very high-functioning child — played and sang “Piano Man” in a YouTube video. It went viral (over 1.5 million views), and Ethan was an international star.
A lot has happened since.
Billy Joel called Ethan’s intro “better than mine.” Ethan performed live on the “Today Show.” He was 1 of only 14 people worldwide – and the youngest — to receive a “Genius of Autism” award. (Then he won it again.) The Huffington Post named him 1 of 20 “Child Prodigies.”
He helped Yoko Ono flip the switch to light the Empire State Building blue for World Autism Awareness Day. Ethan looked her in the eye and said, “Imagine a world without autism!”
Meeting Ethan before a concert, John Mayer said, “Hey, I know you! You’re the internet sensation!”
Ethan’s performance of “Eminence Front” brought down the house — at a Who show.
Clearly, Ethan rocks.
He’s got plenty of talent, for sure. And — after his parents enrolled him in Fairfield’s School of Rock — Ethan’s cognition, social abilities and musicality soared.
Now, Ethan — the resident “rock star” of Kings Highway Elementary School –brings his international talents to his home town.
This Saturday (March 22, 6:30 p.m.), 2 bands — Clueless and Pearl — perform at Toquet Hall. All musicians play at the School of Rock. All are from Westport and Fairfield.
Ethan — now 8 — is the youngest participant. By 5 years.
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