7:00PM - 8:30PM
The Latin Music Concert seeks to showcase different music rhythms from Latin America, highlighting the talents of local Latino and non-Latino artists. From classical music to Latin jazz, these concerts will provide a taste of the variety of cultures from all corners of Latin America.
A journey through Mexico’s vast musical treasure, from classical compositions by Manuel Maria Ponce to contemporary pieces.
Visual arts display by local artists Juilio Gonzalez and Francisco Gonzalez.
Plus, local brewery Birdsong Brewing Co. will be offering samplings of its beers, including the famous Jalapeño Pale Ale. Don't miss the chance of enjoying music and complimentary beer samplings!
Tanja Bechtler - cello
Tomoko Deguchi - piano
Kari Giles - violin
Vasily Gorkovoy - viola
Tanja Bechtler holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
Tanja was honored with the prestigious Women of Achievement Award 2015, from The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina, an international volunteer service organization. The Women of Achievement Award recognizes outstanding women for their significant contributions to the state of North Carolina.
Bechtler served as an orchestral player for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for 12 years. She is the founder and director of the Bechtler Ensemble and in residency at Queens University. She also spearheaded the Charlotte Composers Forum with regional composers from the Carolinas. This music series can be heard at Queens University , Central Piedmont Community College, the Bechtler Museum, Chicago IL, just to name a few. She has recorded with her duo partner, guitarist Bob Teixeira , the CD titled “Shade Grown” and “ Without Borders “. Film recordings include Elie Wiesel's and Robert Shaw's documentaries in conjunction with film composer Fred Story. Tanja also serves on the faculty of Gardner-Webb University. She is an active participant of the Practice HORA that has enabled her to continue and create her career path after she left the symphony.
Tomoko Deguchi started her performing career in Japan, specializing in contemporary music. She has been a soloist and featured performer at numerous concerts including the 20th-Century Piano Music series, the Young Artist Concert series, Kobe Art Conference Competition concert, and the Buffalo Contemporary Ensemble Concert series. She was selected one of the six finalists in the Crane Festival of New Music, National Student Performers Competition. She was the 1998 Concerto Competition winner at the University of Wyoming. Her solo piano album Syncopated Lady (Capstone Records) features works of members of the American Composers Forum, and her recording is included in Music of Laurel Firant (Capstone Records). She continues to perform in composer's conferences and contemporary concerts. In 2008, she founded a new music ensemble, Out of Bounds, which she performs with other featured professional performers from the Charlotte region.
Tomoko is an associate professor at Winthrop University teaching music theory and aural skills courses.
Vasily Gorkovoy was born in Taganrog, Russia. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Rostov-on-Don State Conservatory. Vasily received the Master of Music degree from Texas Christian University and later completed the Artist Certificate program at Southern Methodist University.
Vasily enjoys playing chamber music and has performed in several chamber music festivals. Currently, Vasily works as a private violin and viola instructor at Southern Park Music School and as a part-time member of the Charlotte Symphony and as a member of the Winston-Salem Symphony, Hilton Head Symphony and Union Symphony orchestras. He is actively freelancing in the Charlotte area with string quartets, giving concerts in churches, schools, and concert halls.
Daniel LeSolis is originally from the beautiful city of Cuernavaca, Morelos - Mexico. At an early age he fell in love with his grandmother’s vinyl records by Frank Sinatra and the big artist bands from the 50's, as well as with other traditional Mexican music: rancheras, boleros, mariachis, and many more.
Music has always been Daniel’s refuge, and his biggest passion.
Mark Adam Watkins is a composer/arranger & pianist with an eclectic musical career. He works locally with The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Opera, & Bechtler Ensemble & has toured with national touring companies. He was a commercial music composer in Los Angeles for 15 years working with acting improv troupes, scoring for film/tv, & orchestrating for the Pageant of the Masters’ Orchestra, Vitamin Rock String Quartet, Jive Records, Hylo Productions, Myrecordlabel.net & Trans-Sylvanian Orchestra. Mr. Watkins has been on faculty at California State University, Los Angeles, California Baptist University, & Central Piedmont Community College. He achieved a B.M. in Piano Performance (Commercial Music) from California State University, Long Beach, & a M.M. in Composition from California State University, Los Angeles and was a graduate of the Henry Mancini Institute in Composition.
Francisco Gonzalez is native of México. Francisco has been working on printmaking and mixed media art in Charlotte since 1998.
Mostly self- taught, he has taken several printmaking workshops throughout the years. His work has been featured in several exhibitions throughout the Carolinas, Georgia, Oregon, and New York. In 2002 his artwork was chosen for the “Celebrating the legacy of painter Romare Bearden” exhibition at The Mint Museum in Charlotte. In 2004 Francisco was an affiliate artist at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. He was one of the featured artists at the Opera Carolina’s Arte*Poesía*Música concert in 2015. He took part in the Artfields 2016 Juried Show at Lake City, NC.
His art is in several private collections in the Carolinas, Connecticut, Missouri, China, and New York and in the permanent collection of Queens University in. Francisco has won awards from Associated Artist of Winston Salem, NC, the Museum of York County in Rock Hill, and the Charlotte Art League in Charlotte.
Julio Gonzalez is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist. Originally from Atlanta Georgia, he now calls Charlotte home. His early influences come from the stories and illustrations found in comic books. His artistic side truly began in 2010 with the incorporation of new mediums outside of illustration. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the southeast. The three areas of his work focus on Mayan culture, our relationship with nature, and the question of value.
About Birdsong Brewing Co.
Birdsong started in 2011 with just two full-time employees. Thanks to the overwhelming response, they have since purchased a 17,000-square-foot building in the Belmont neighborhood with a new 30-barrel brewhouse and room for up to 1,200 barrels of fermentation capacity. For more information on Birdsong, visit their website at: birdsongbrewing.com
Bilungual and Latino Initiatives are kindly sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation.
The Latin Music Concert Series is sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation, The Rodriguez Family Foundation, and 89.9 FM WDAV Classical Public Radio.
Complimentary beer samplings kindly provided by Birdsong Brewing Co.
Payment (minus a 20% administration fee) will be refunded, only if the cancellation is submitted to the museum five business days prior to the first class or day of the event/program. Due to limited space, a spot cannot be held without full payment.