The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will present The Hatch Academy Of Magic And Music in Soirée Enchantée, an evening of theatrical magic and classical music, on Tuesday, April 30, 7 p,m, at the JACC
The performance will feature magical and musical solos by Deceptionist Richard Hatch, his wife violinist Rosemary Hatch and their son pianist Jonathan Hatch, as well as ensemble pieces in which the magic and music complement one another. Audience participation will be an important element of performance with one or two youngsters onstage for many effects, helping to make the magic happen.
The Hatch Academy will also be at the Douglas Library on Saturday, April 27 at 3 p.m. for a special performance of “Taro-san the Fisherman and the Weeping Willow Tree,” Richard Hatch’s recently published bilingual (Japanese-English) book for children. In this illusion, Richard performs a classic Japanese feat known as “Nankin Tamasudare” in which 56 bamboo sticks, knotted into a mat joined by 108 pieces of string, are manipulated transformer-style to form various figures. Using this device, Richard tells his original tale of Taro-san, a young fisherman in old Japan who aspires to greatness in his profession, but fails until an old fisherman shares with him a critical secret of the craft. He will be accompanied by Rosemary Hatch playing a transcription of Michio Miyagi’s Haru no Umi (Sea of Spring) for violin. The library event is free and open to the public, with a book signing to follow.
Tickets to the Tuesday night performance at the JACC are available at the JACC, Hearthside Books, Rainy Retreat and online at www.jahc.org , $10 for adults, $8 seniors and $5 for children.