Songs in the Frame
Music of American Cinema
Lola Watson, Soprano, has sung with success on both national and international stages. She made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Her Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata in San Francisco, Juliette in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette with the New Jersey State Repertory Opera, and Baby Doe in Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, are a few of Ms. Watson’s most successful roles. The role of Rossane in Handel’s Alessandro, Ms. Watson’s European debut, with Maestro Mieczyslaw Nowakowski and the Sinfonia Varsovia in Warsaw, Poland, can be heard on live recording released by the Schwann-Koch label. Ms. Watson was most recently heard at Orchestra Hall last November with Conductor Courtney Lewis and the Minnesota Orchestra singing Mother in a fully staged production of Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, a role she reprised with the Denver Symphony in December 2012. As a successful soloist, she lends her talents to causes that are dear to her heart: Children’s Cancer Research Fund/Dare to Dream Benefit, Seeing Hands, DIFFA and the Alzheimer’s Gala, to name just a few. In addition to singing, Ms. Watson is currently pursuing acting career.
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
THE ART ROOM
APRIL 24 2020
Advance $20 | Children under 12 $15 | Door $25 + tax
Please note: advance ticket sales will end April 23 at 11pm
ABOUT THE CONCERT
Two vampires in love, a rock star dying from AIDS, a boy living at a railway station in Paris, a fisherman who loves to sing; what could they all possibly have in common? Nothing except for one thing: they are all characters from American films. Some of them were real people, some were created by the writers and directors and yet they became part of our lives, captured our imagination, excited us, scared us, touched our hearts.
Soprano Lola Watson, longtime resident of the Twin Cities, is an opera singer with a long and successful career. She has appeared in leading roles on stages both in Europe and in the US.
Veronica Bell is a Russian-born award winning classical vocalist and recording artist who has traveled the world as a concert soloist.
What do they have in common? A lot! Lola and Veronica met in San Francisco and became fast friends but before long had to go in different directions: Ms. Watson moved back to Minneapolis where she currently resides, and Ms. Bell moved to Los Angeles. As it happened, they both got busy with their careers and their families, and lost touch. Now, fifteen years later, they are celebrating their reunion with the first ever joined performance to which you are cordially invited.
At the beautiful Art Room of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church filled with priceless works of art, Lola and Veronica, with the celebrity accompanist Thomas Bartsch at the piano, will perform music of American cinema. They will also tell you about the role music played in creation of some best-known movies and how it influenced the mood, helped bring out the essence of the characters, and shaped the most memorable scenes making them iconic. The program includes arias and duets from classical Operas and Broadway musicals, art songs, and Jazz standards that became part of movie soundtracks.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Russian-born American soprano Veronica Bell has gained international acclaim for her beautiful tone and a uniquely charismatic and personal style. Her every performance, including the classical crossover album Midnight Affairs released in 2019, is a reflection of her passionate and unconventional take on classical music. Midnight Affairs is available on all major streaming services and is currently being aired on over 50 radio stations in the US and Canada. (Full list of plays at CROSSOVER MEDIA.)
After receiving Masters’ in Vocal Performance and moving to the US, she started her career by recording the main theme for a motion picture Little Odessa (starring Tim Roth and Vanessa Redgrave. New Line Cinema, available on Amazon.) Since then, Veronica has given countless concerts in the United States, Italy, France, Poland, Russia, Germany, Guatemala, and Thailand where she was personally invited by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit to perform concert series at the Royal Palace in Bangkok.
Ms. Bell has collaborated as a soloist with Moscow State Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Capella Cracoviensis, Mimoda Jazzo, musical theater Wandering Stars, among others, and currently has an on-going engagement with a Los Angeles based group Windsong Players Chamber Ensemble performing wide variety of music from Baroque to modern.
In 2013 Veronica won Hollywood Music in Media Awards for her cross-gender album Les Frissons D'Amour which includes operatic arias for both male and female voices. In 2016 she received a Silver Medal from Global Music Awards for the same album.
Ms. Bell has performed and recorded music by composers Maximilian Simončič (Slovakia), Ron Caviani (Italy), JJ Hollingsworth (USA), Arkady Serper (Russia), Ruben Aghiyan (Armenia/USA), Carol Worthey (USA), Gisle Krogseth (Norway). Veronica's collaboration with Mr. Krogseth resulted in their joined concert tour in USA and Italy in 2016 and also in a recording of Gisle's song cycle The Mountain Songs for soprano and symphony orchestra which premiered with great success on Norwegian National Radio in 2018.
Ms. Bell lives in Los Angeles, CA. She is currently working on two new albums and multiple concert programs including one for her next European tour in the fall of 2020.
More information can be found at www.veronicabellsoprano.com
Thomas Bartsch pursues an active career as a pianist/accompanist. He has appeared on many different venues including Thursday Musical, Schubert Club, Fringe Festival as well as numerous degree recitals at all the local colleges and Universities. In addition to his work at Augsburg, Tom is the staff Collaborative Pianist at Carleton College in Northfield, the Organist/Choir Director at Temple of Aaron Synagogue in St. Paul, and the Organist at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Roseville, MN.