"It's a lot of work, a lot of travel. The last one was 17 days of go-go-go! But it's enjoyable and rewarding," he said. "The people in charge usually go all out, creating huge publicity banners and signs. They do all the arranging."
Only once in a while does something go wrong such as the time in Barcelona when he walked in to find a rented upright piano waiting for him to play.
"No way I can play my (Franz) Liszt on an upright," Hatch said. "Plus the guys put the pedals on wrong so there was no sustaining. The entire concert was played in staccato."
Now he specifies in his contract that he must have a tuned, grand piano in working order.
Sharon Haddock is a professional writer with 30 years experience, 17 at the Deseret News. Her personal blog is at sharonhaddock.blogspot.com.
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