News Release

Classical Music - An Uplifting Event

Internationally Acclaimed David Glen Hatch in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

On July 7, 2015, concert goers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia thrilled to an evening of classical piano music with David Glen Hatch at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center. Dr. Hatch is a world renowned American pianist who has performed on six continents. He has recorded 35 albums of his arrangements of the world's most beautiful music. Kuala Lumpur was the first stop on his three country, eight stage performance throughout Southeast Asia tour. Accompanying Dr. Hatch were four of his students, as well as one former student. These talented young protégés, ranging in age from 12 to 18 also performed during the concert. His students have been winners in regional, national, and international piano competitions.

David Glen Hatch and his students are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The evening following the public concert, a special meeting was held for members of the Church and their friends. Dr Hatch shared experiences of how good music can be uplifting and inspiring to our lives. After introducing each musical selection, Dr. Hatch's arrangements of familiar LDS Hymns were presented by he and his protégés.

Claire Inouye is 12 years old. She has studied piano for four years under the tutelage of Dr. Hatch. She has competed and won numerous awards at both local and state levels in the United States and has performed in concerts in both Germany and Austria. She comes from a family interested in music and looks forward to continuing her piano performance education. Tyler Blake, 15, has been teaching piano for the past year. He has won awards for his performances for the past two years while still maintaining his "Honors Student" status at his high school in Provo, Utah. Derek Banks, 16, has been studying piano since the age of 5. Now a student of Dr. Hatch, Derek has been a frequent first place winner in various piano competitions in the United States and has performed internationally in Africa and New Zealand. His ambition is to become a world-renowned concert pianist. Carson Cook, 18, grew up in a home filled with music and started playing the piano at a young age. He is from Yuma, Arizona and makes a trip each month to Utah to study with Dr. Hatch. He has toured with Dr. Hatch in New Zealand and graduated from High School in Arizona in May. He will begin a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sometime in the latter part of 2015.

Ammon Bratt, who assisted in organizing this SE Asia Tour was a student of Dr. Hatch for over ten years. He currently is a Master's candidate at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He has been a concerto soloist of several symphony orchestras and has concertized throughout many countries in the world.

Posters announcing the performances proclaimed them to be "Classical Piano Spectacular" and "Praiseworthy Music & Spiritual Moments". Certainly all who attended either event were filled to overflowing with the grace, beauty, and spiritual uplift from the gifted pianists.

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