SALT LAKE CITY — Long a popular draw in Logan, the master musician and magician who calls himself a "deceptionist" is bringing his unique show to Salt Lake City.
Richard Hatch — along with his wife, Rosemary, who plays the violin with him, and pianist Shannon Lee — will perform at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center on Dec. 8 as part of the Repertory Dance Theatre's "Ring Around the Rose" series for young audiences.
Stephanie Perkins, publicist for the RDT, said the shows are "wiggle friendly" and designed to be very interactive. Young children are welcome, she said.
Perkins is excited to have Hatch included in the artists brought in each month.
"I think it should be a very fun show. It's a one-hour performance, a combination of music and magic," Perkins said. "The goal is to introduce children to the arts, so this should fit right in."
The Salt Lake performance will feature magical and musical solos, as well as ensemble pieces.
During the show, the magic and music happen simultaneously. For example, the "Heart of Glass" composed by German magician Punx is a magical fairy tale about a miser and a witch accompanied by Saint-Saens' "The Swan" while Canadian/American magician Dai Vernon's celebrated "Symphony of the Rings" is accompanied by Fritz Kreisler's "Tambourin Chinois."
An original story written by Hatch is a tale of a magical Japanese "tamasudare" mat accompanied by a violin transcription of Michio Miyagi's "Haru no Umi" (Sea of Spring).
Audience participation will be an important element with one or two youngsters onstage for many effects.
The Hatch Academy opened as a teaching institution in Logan's historic 1878 Thatcher-Young Mansion in January of 2011. A combination of Hogwarts and Juilliard, the Hatch Academy offers private and group instruction in sleight-of-hand and violin and viola performance and ensemble performances at the Thatcher-Young Mansion, originally with the Hatches' son and more recently with pianist Lee.
"Although this performance marks our public debut in Salt Lake," said Richard Hatch, "Rosemary and I gave a private ensemble performance with pianist and composer Ricklen Nobis at the Utah Governor's Mansion about 20 years ago at the invitation of former First Lady Norma Matheson. At the time we were living in Houston with no imminent plans to move to Utah. When we did move to Logan two years ago, Ricklen suggested our performance would be a good fit for RDT's Ring around the Rose series of programs for young audiences. We are delighted to be a part of this year's series."
If you go:
What: Hatch Academy of Magic and Music
Where: Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City
When: 11 a.m., Dec. 8
Tickets: $5 per person (2-under free), available at ArtTix or at the box office (also available online)
Sharon Haddock is a professional writer with 35 years experience, 17 at the Deseret News. Her personal blog is at sharonhaddock.blogspot.com.