PRLog - March 16, 2011 - LOGAN, Utah -- The Hatch Academy of Magic and Music presents "Matinée Enchantée", an enchanted afternoon of magic and music in the historic 1878 Thatcher-Young Mansion on April 9, 2011 at 2 p.m. Deceptionist Richard Hatch and violinist Rosemary Hatch, co-owners of the Hatch Academy, will be joined by their son, pianist Jonathan Hatch in a 75 minute program featuring the music of Béla Bartók, Camille Saint-Saëns, Johann Sebastian Bach and Fritz Kreisler and magic created by Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser, Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, Dai Vernon and Punx, among others. A unique feature of the program is the ensemble aspect with magic and music performed simultaneously. While the performance includes numerous magical and musical solos, it is the ensemble pieces, with the magic choreographed to the music, that give this program its special character.
"We first performed such a program at the Puppet House Theater in Stony Creek, Connecticut in 1983," recalls Hatch. "At that time we simply called it 'An Enchanted Evening' though we labelled subsequent performances 'Chamber Magic'." Under the latter title Richard and Rosemary have performed throughout the United States as well as in Germany and France and at the Utah Governor's Mansion in Salt Lake City. But recently a colleague trademarked the title "Chamber Magic" for his performances, forcing the couple to come up with a new title. "Our title for this new series, 'Matinées Enchantées', is a small homage to the great French magician, Robert-Houdin, widely regarded as the father of modern theatrical magic," says Richard Hatch. "He called his performances "Soirées Fantastiques"
Tickets are $10 for adults, just $7 for children under 12. As only 56 seats are available, advance purchase is strongly advised to avoid disappointment. Tickets may be purchased online at the Hatch Academy website www.HatchAcademy.com or by calling 435-932-0017.
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. A childhood interest in magic became a lifelong obsession after he met and was encouraged by the German magician Fredo Raxon in 1970. A full time professional “deceptionist”
Rosemary Kimura Hatch 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 currently teaches privately at the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music in Logan and at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan. She and Richard Hatch were married in 1982 and have two children, Catherine and Jonathan.
Jonathan Hatch has studied piano with Paul Krystofiak at St. Thomas University in Houston, Texas and with Sophia Gilmson at the University of Texas in Austin. He is currently studying piano privately with Hilary Coombs while simultaneously pursuing studies to become a Veterinary Technician. In his spare time, he volunteers at the Cache Valley Humane Society.
About the Thatcher-Young Mansion:
The beautiful Thatcher-Young Mansion was built in 1878 by George W. Thatcher and his wife, Eunice Caroline (Luna) Young Thatcher, a daughter of Brigham Young. Purchased by the Cache Valley Center for the Arts (then known as the Capitol Arts Alliance) in 1989 and restored under the leadership of Newel Daines with the support of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the George and Dolores Eccles Foundation and the Emma Eccles Jones Foundation, the restored Mansion was presented to the City of Logan on July 24, 2001. The Mansion served as an art gallery and residence of the Alliance for the Varied Arts until June 25, 2010 when the AVA merged their programs with CVCA.
The Thatcher-Young Mansion is located at 35 West 100 South, just south of the Ellen Eccles Theatre.
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The Hatch Academy of Magic & Music is an educational institution housed in the historic 1878 Thatcher-Young Mansion in Logan, Utah offering private and group instruction in sleight-of-hand and violin performance.