Jonathan, Richard and Rosemary Hatch
- Jan. 9, 2012 -
When the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music officially opened in Logan's historic Thatcher-Young Mansion on Saturday, January 22, 2011, violinist Rosemary Hatch and her husband deceptionist Richard Hatch were uncertain how their new venture would be received in Cache Valley. "We just had a "build it and they will come" attitude," Richard says. The couple had relocated to Logan after nearly 25 years in Houston, Texas to be closer to Richard's parents, Anne and Eastman Hatch. "I was certain that Rosemary could find violin and viola students in the valley, but I wasn't sure I could sustain my career as a performing magician here. I'd given private and group instruction in sleight-of-hand in Houston, so we decided to open a school of both magic and music and see what happened. We quickly focused on the Thatcher-Young Mansion as the ideal venue for our school, given its location as part of the Bullen Center and its wonderful history. Rosemary's music studio on the second floor is perfect for her and the refurbished attic is ideal for me." Several hundred well-wishers and curiosity seekers attended the grand opening reception, which included two brief performances by Rosemary, Richard and their son Jonathan, who joined them in Logan shortly after their move here. "We were really overwhelmed by the attention our grand opening generated. The gallery space where we performed was standing room only for both performances, which is not ideal for viewing such a performance!"
The couple decided to begin offering occasional performances which they call "Matinée Enchantée" in the downstairs gallery space, which has seating for just 56. "We've learned something important each time we perform there," says Richard. "Our first performance last April had us performing on the same level as the audience, but the critical feedback was that we should elevate the performance. The Bullen Center provided an 8 inch high platform for the May performance, which was an improvement, but the feedback indicated that somewhat higher would be even better. So the Bullen Center provided a 16 inch high platform for the June performance. Now the height was perfect but it was pointed out that a window behind the stage created glare at that height! For our next performance, a curtain covered that window. In November we replaced the piano borrowed from the Bullen Center with a newer one of our own. We also try to introduce at least one new performance piece in each program, so that we now have an extensive repertoire of old and new favorites."
The January 28th performance will feature favorites from this past year's programs, such as "The Music Box of Anna Eva Fay," which made its debut at the Mansion in August and "The Ink of the Enamored", an effect conceived by the great Viennese conjurer, Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser (1806-1875). Punx's "Heart of Glass", accompanied by Saint-Saens' "The Swan" and Dai Vernon's "Symphony of the Rings" accompanied by Fritz Kreisler's "Tambourin Chinois" are also among the pieces to be included on the program. Musical selections, both solo pieces and performed simultaneously with the magic, by Bach, Bartok, Miyagi and others will again be part of the afternoon performance.
Tickets are $10 for adults, just $8 for children under 12. As only 56 seats are available and this performance will be part of the weekend's Winterfest activities, 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”
since 1983, Richard moved with his wife, violinist Rosemary Kimura, to Houston, Texas in 1985, shortly after winning first place in the annual New England Close Up Magic Competition in Worcester, Massachusetts. 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. Richard and his wife Rosemary moved to Cache Valley in October 2010 and opened the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music in Logan's historic 1878 Thatcher-Young Mansion in January 2011.
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 pursuing studies to become a Veterinary Technician. In his spare time, he volunteers at the Cache Valley Humane Society.
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The Hatch Academy of Magic & Music is an educational institution in Logan, Utah offering private and group instruction in sleight-of-hand and violin performance.Photo: