EDITOR'S NOTE: This feature story is about the unusual merger of magic and music in a special concert. Now we don't expect many of you who read this, to go to Logan, Utah on June 11 for the concert. But we hope that the story may inspire some of you to merge magic with other art forms. How about "Magic at an Exhibition," in an art gallery? How about "Magic and Gutenberg," at the local library? Or even "Magic Goes to the Ballet?" You get the idea. Be inspired; be creative. (And someone please go to this concert and tape it so the rest of us can enjoy it on this Portal.)
May 24, 2011 – Following the sold-out success of the April and May performances of "Matinée Enchantée", an enchanting afternoon of magic and music , deceptionist Richard Hatch, violinist Rosemary Hatch and pianist Jonathan Hatch will present a third performance in the historic 1878 Thatcher-Young Mansion on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 2 p.m. Richard and Rosemary Hatch, co-owners of the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music, will again be joined by their son Jonathan Hatch in a 75-minute program featuring the music of Camille Saint-Saëns, Johann Sebastian Bach, Michio Miyagi and Fritz Kreisler, and magic created by Robert-Houdin, Axel Hecklau, 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. (Emphasis added.)
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” 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 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. Until recently he was also co-owner with Charlie Randall of H & R Magic Books in Houston, the world’s largest purveyors of magic books. Among magicians he is perhaps best known for his research on the identity of “S. W. Erdnase”, the mysterious author of the 1902 classic, Artifice, Ruse and Subterfuge at the Card Table, and 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. A graduate of Logan Junior High and Logan High School, Richard and his wife Rosemary moved to Cache valley this Fall where they have opened the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music in the historic 1878 Thatcher-Young Mansion. In January Richard lectured docents at the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles on the topic of "Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age of Magic" to help prepare them for an exhibit on that topic which opens at the Skirball in late April. He is the founder of the Cache Valley Conjurers, a group of magicians who meet to improve their performing skills and knowledge of the craft of theatrical conjuring. Membership is open to anyone with a sincere desire to learn and a willingness to respect the traditions of conjuring and monthly meetings are currently held at the magic studio of the Hatch Academy.
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, in Logan, Utah.
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