Jonathan, Richard and Rosemary Hatch (photo by Levi Sim)
- May 8, 2012 - LOGAN, Utah --
Following their sold out performances in March and April, the Hatch family's fourth performance at the Mansion this year will feature Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser's seldom seen "Ink of the Enamored", in which a borrowed finger ring is used to test the purity of the owner's affections. Hofzinser (1806-1875) was a Viennese civil servant by day, and a popular entertainer of the Viennese aristocracy by night, performing his "Hour of Deception" at a private salon in the heart of the capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Regarded as "the Beethoven of Magic," he took the secrets of many of his creations with him to the grave and reportedly on his deathbed asked his wife to destroy all evidence of his original compositions. Fortunately, a few of have survived and are highly prized by performers fortunate enough to master them. This version of his "Ink of the Enamored" will be accompanied by the Romance movement of Wieniawski's celebrated second violin concerto. Also on the program are Punx's "Heart of Glass", accompanied by Saint-Saëns "The Swan", which tells the story of a miser who struggles to overcome a spell cast upon him by a witch, and "The Music Box of Anna Eva Fay" which was inspired by the famous vaudeville psychic who maintained a friendship with the arch debunker of mediumistic frauds, Harry Houdini. Fred Kaps was a wonderful Dutch magician who appeared on the Ed Sullivan the same night as The Beatles historic first appearance on that show and one of his favorite effects will be featured in this performance. Dai Vernon's "Symphony of the Rings" accompanied by Fritz Kreisler's "Tambourin Chinois" is 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 so 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. Richard serves on the board of the Sunshine Terrace Foundation.
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 recently completed studies to be a veterinary technician at BATC and is seeking employment in that field.Photo: