Houston Performance to feature World Premier
Une Soirée Enchantée: “An Enchanted Evening" featuring classical magic and classical music will be presented in Houston at the Hilton Americas Hotel by deceptionist Richard Hatch, violinist Rosemary Kimura, and pianist Jo Ellen Hubert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2010. Among the highlights will be the world premier performance of Hatch’s handling of the traditional but seldom seen Japanese feat “tamasudare”
Hatch and Kimura first presented such a hybrid performance of magic and music under the title “Chamber Magic” at the Puppet House Theater in Stony Creek, Connecticut in 1983. The couple, who met when both were graduate students at Yale University, married in 1982 and moved to Houston in 1985. Due to the demands of their respective solo careers they have only occasionally given joint performances, almost exclusively at private events. This rare public performance will feature music by Fritz Kreisler, Bela Bartok, Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, Scott Joplin, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and magic by Dai Vernon, Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin, Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser, T. Nelson Downs, Punx and Max Malini. Part concert, part magic show, the unique ensemble portions of the program, when all three artists perform simultaneously, defy facile categorization.
Due to the intimate nature of the performance setting, seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased online at http://show.magicbyjamie.com or by calling 832-724-3045.
Richard Hatch holds two graduate degrees in Physics from Yale University, but finds it easier apparently to violate the laws of nature than to discover them. He has been performing his unique brand of magic full time since 1983. In 1985, shortly after winning first place in the annual New England Close Up Competition in Worcester, Massachusetts, Richard moved with his wife, violinist Rosemary Kimura, to Houston, Texas where they have been based ever since. For several years he honed his craft entertaining the guests as one of the house magicians at Houston's Magic Island Nightclub before devoting himself exclusively to private and corporate work, traveling internationally on behalf of his clients. Hatch is a member of the Academy of Magical Arts, the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and is a lifetime member of the Society of American Magicians. Hatch is co-owner with Charlie Randall of H & R Magic Books, the world’s largest purveyors of magic books and publishers of works by Derren Brown, Bob Cassidy and Robert Neale. Among magicians he is known as the translator from German into English of works about Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser (1806 – 1875), Paul Potassy, and the first four volumes of Roberto Giobbi’s acclaimed “Card College” course of card manipulation. He is currently a featured performer at the exhibit "Magic: The Science of Wonder" at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Rosemary Kimura received her Masters degree from Yale School of Music and her Bachelors Degree with Performer’s Certificate from Eastman School of Music. She has studied Chamber Music with the Fine Arts, Tokyo and Cleveland Quartets and with Raphael Hillyer. She has performed with the New Haven, Hartford, San Antonio and Houston Symphonies and with the Houston Grand Opera. Her principle private instructors have been Sergiu Luca, Syoko Aki, Peter Salaff, Charles Castleman and Martha Katz. As a teacher herself she has been on the faculty of Music Schools in New Haven, Milwaukee and Houston. She is currently on the faculty at the Atascocita School of Music and at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan. She and Richard Hatch were married in 1982 and have two children, Catherine and Jonathan.
Jo Ellen Hubert is an honors graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and pursued post graduate studies at the renowned Kodaly Pedagogical Institute in Hungary with a focus on piano performance and vocal coaching. Ms. Hubert has served as the Musical Director for 46 different Broadway Musicals. She was the founder of Applause Theatre Company and served there as Executive Artistic Director for 10 years. She most recently served as Musical Director for the TUTS-UH workshop of 110 in the Shade, working along with Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, creators of the show. Ms. Hubert has composed three musicals. She has taught piano and voice in the Houston area for 28 years. Jo Ellen was awarded the 2002 Woman of Achievement in the Arts by the Family Time Foundation in Houston.
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About Soiree Enchantee: This unique ensemble combines classical music and classic magic to create an intimate evening of enchantment. Originally created by deceptionist Richard Hatch and violinist Rosemary Kimura under the title "Chamber Magic" in 1983, the ensemble has recently been re-organized under this new heading to avoid potential conflicts with colleague Steve Cohen's "Chamber Magic" performances.