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Local six-year-old Hosting Benefit Piano Concert

A local six-year-old Filipino-American decided to use his piano skills to help raise money for the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan victims.
A local six-year-old Filipino-American decided to use his piano skills to help raise money for the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan victims.

Connie Gonzalez has our story...

"It's really fun for me to do it, I really like it. I love the sounds [of] all the chords, and that's what I like," said Stephen Wesley Hale II.

This six-year-old learned how to play the piano before he learned how to read. Wesley may not be able to reach the pedals, but with only three years of instruction he's mastered the craft without the levers.

"There's lots of skills, lots of everything, and I have to memorize all those things."

After being introduced to a new piece it only takes this talented little guy a quick glance, and he can do away with the sheet because he's memorized a new song.

"The jazz songs I have lots of trouble with, and I had lots of songs that I had trouble with when I first started [but now] in like a few minutes I just memorize it, because I play by ear."

Wesley says his favorite music to play are classical and fast paced songs.

"Fast songs are really fast and I like it because it goes [*makes fast noises*], then I'm done. I'm done."

Now, this young musician is using his skills to help a cause.

"The Philippines had a super typhoon, and I want the kids to have food enough to eat and water enough to drink."

Wesley is hosting a benefit concert, and memorized 22 songs for an audience he hopes fills the room.

He says it makes him feel good to be able to have such a power impact.

"I'm helping almost a whole world."

Something tell me this won't be the last we hear from Wesley.

"After this concert I want to play in California."

*The benefit piano concert will be held Friday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. Help this
six-year-old fill the Fellowship Hall at Sierra Vista Methodist Church to benefit the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Victims.
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