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Latin Music Concert Series

Mint Museum UPTOWN

Thursday, Jan 21

7:00PM - 8:30PM

Admission: $20/ $15 Mint Members

Age: 12+


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.




Tanja Bechtler - cello
Jim Brock - percussion
Vadim Kolpakov - guitar
Aris Quiroga - guitar
Robert Teixeira - guitar


Daniel Arredondo - tango
Talia Buitrago - tango
Marina Shanefelter-Kolpakova - flamenco




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Tanja Bechtler

Tanja Bechtler is the artistic director of the Bechtler Ensemble Music Series at the Bechtler Museum and at Central Piedmont Community College. Their programs connect the historical and creative contents of the musical selections to the art pieces from the museum’s collection.

Tanja, a native of Switzerland, was introduced to the cello at the age of nine through the Orff Educational system. Her family moved to North Carolina and she became the principal cellist for the Charlotte Youth Symphony, where she would return years later to coach and also so perform as a soloist. Tanja earned scholarships to the North Carolina School of the Arts and to the Manhattan School of Music where she was the principal cellist. She participated in various master classes by teachers such as Yo-Yo Ma.

For twelve years, Tanja was an orchestral player with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra where she also participated in numerous educational residencies throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. She has performed professionally at Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival, for the Charleston Symphony, the Cayuga Chamber Players, the Akron Symphony, as a soloist with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and for numerous recital series including the Caramoor Festival. Her CD’s include “Shadegrown”, featuring her guitarist husband Bob Teixeira and “Without Borders” which includes all original music from composer David Crowe. She has received the “Woman of Achievement Award” for 2015 by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. For more information, please visit


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Jim Brock

Jim Brock has proven to be an innovator in the world of drums and percussion. Within his fifty year career he has appeared on literally hundreds of recordings with artists such as Joe Walsh, Joan Baez, Kathy Mattea, Joe Cocker, The Indigo Girls, Janis Ian, River Phoenix, James McMurtry, and Chris Tomlin. With five solo recordings and a DVD entitled The Nature of Drumming, Jim has traveled the world extensively and also performed on The Tonight Show, A Prairie Home Companion, Good Morning America, MTV, The View, and a concert at the White House for President Clinton in 2000. In 2007 Jim composed the music for the PBS documentary "The Spirit of Sacajawea". For this work he is the recipient of the prestigious Telly award, and a nomination for an Emmy award in the category of Composer. He is currently working on a new solo recording project. For more information, please visit


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Vadim Kolpakov

Romany music is known around the world as a Gypsy music, and Vadim Kolpakov who is one of the most prominent Russian-Romany (Gypsy) seven-string gui­tar vir­tuoso in the world, dancer and vocalist, and he represents this culture around the globe. A graduate of the Ro­many performing arts school Gilori, Vadim studied guitar with his uncle and mentor Alexander Kol­pakov in Moscow. At the age of 15, Vadim joined the Moscow “Romen” Gypsy Theater as a guitarist, vocalist, dancer and dramatic actor. Since then, Vadim has performed extensively in Russia and abroad; he has given concerts in Carnegie Hall (New York City) as well as in the Kremlin (Moscow). He has partici­pated in numerous musical projects on Russian, Canadian, European and American television and radio. He was an artist-in-residence at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2006-2007. In 2008-2009, Vadim Kolpakov went on tour with Madonna as a performer in her “Sticky & Sweet” world tour. He is the founder and artistic director of the US-based ensemble Via Romen, member of the Kolpakov Trio (Russia), and also performs as a special guest with various U.S. artists and bands. For more information, please visit


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Aris Quiroga

As a lifelong student of music, Quiroga has been inseparable from his instrument for decades, studying at the National University of Bogota, as well as the Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain. While continuing to elevate his talent and hone his skills, he tackled master classes with renowned guitarists such as Abel Carlevaro, Oscar Giglia, Michael Lorimer, and more. Through earnest devotion to his craft and blessed with an innate talent, Quiroga has turned himself into a one of the premier classical guitarists on the scene today. Despite remaining clearly focused on tradition and his classical roots, Quiroga utilizes influences from other genres such as contemporary, jazz, and world to create a more unique and captivating sound.

A clear veteran of the stage, the Bogota musician has over 25 years experience performing in countries from the Netherlands to Puerto Rico, including shows on national television & radio. In his native Colombia, he performed for the president with a philharmonic orchestra, as well as numerous appearances at concert halls & universities. For more information, please visit


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Robert Teixeira

Robert Teixeira is currently on the faculty at Queens University of Charlotte, and Central Piedmont Community College. In addition to his Charlotte based teaching, he is active as a performer and guest instructor with recent invitations to instruct/perform at East Carolina University, Universities of Texas at Austin and San Antonio, Southwestern University, and Kennesaw State University. In recent years Robert has collaborated with award winning guitarist, Mary Akerman in concert appearances and in the 2010 cd release of “Music for Two Guitars”. With a continuing commitment to education, Robert recently composed a set of five etudes for right hand development that are published by Clear Note Publications.

Together this husband and wife team, "Bob and Tanja" explore music for the guitar and cello. Their CD "Shade Grown" represents a ten year journey of developing new arrangements and original music for this not so common instrumental combination. In addition, they have also collaborated with composer David Crowe and produced and released the CD "Passage", in the world music group, Without Borders. For more information, please visit


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Daniel Arredondo

Born in Argentina, Daniel may be credited with bringing authentic Argentine Tango to Charlotte over 15 years ago. His tango, and his teaching of the art form, is enriched by his background in martial arts, modern dance, folkloric dance, and competitive ballroom dance. In addition, his childhood memories of watching Argentinean tangueros inform his dancing to this day. In Charlotte, he hosts an ongoing free Monday night Intro to Tango class and Practica, Charlotte's longest-running tango event, offers weekly and private classes for dancers of all levels, and is the founder of Passion For Tango; an organization dedicated to teaching authentic Argentine Tango. For more information, please visit

Talia Buitrago

Born in the city of El Peñol, Colombia. Talia has performed various Latin dances for over 20 years. She studied modern dance at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC), she has been a member of dance companies such as EL Peñol's Folkloric dance company, Garinger Modern Dance Company and Carolinas Latin Dance Company. She has been learning and dancing Argentine Tango under Daniel Arredondo's main instruction for over 10 years and has trained with several world renowned tango teachers.


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Marina Shanefelter-Kolpakova

Marina Shanefelter-Kolpakova is a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor, originally from Estonia. Marina specializes in Flamenco, Latin and Russian-Romany (Gypsy) dances. She has performed in countries such as Russia, Estonia, Spain, Finland, Canada and the US. Since moving to the US she has taught and performed with the Carolinas Latin Dance Company, participated with the Charlotte Salsa Dance Company, Argentinean Tango Society, Dances of India, and created choreographies for companies such as Opera Carolina and others. Currently Marina performs with the US-based ensemble Via Romen and teaches dance for children and adults in Charlotte, NC. For more information, please visit  




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Luis Ardila

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Luis Ardila received his Master in Fine Arts from the National University of Colombia. He is a full-time painter.
Since his childhood, he has been traveling all around the world including the USA, Europe and Latin America. His work has an expressionist-symbolist style rooted in the influence of Latin American painters of the 1960's and also in Medieval European iconography.
Luis Ardila has participated in more than 100 group shows, 33 solo shows, and has won 23 awards in USA, Europe, and Latin America. For more information, please visit


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William Hudson Temples

American artist, William Hudson Temples, was born into a heritage of art and craft. For generations, creative expression was a tradition within his Scottish ancestry. Early in his career, William Hudson worked as an illustrator, and cartoonist. His comic strip, Dumbbells, was published across North America in magazines such as Canada's, Razor and the U.S. Periodical, Alpinist. However, William Hudson's true inspiration was not awakened until 1999, when he first explored the barrios of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It was during his first trip to the port city located at the mouth of the Rio De La Plata, that he developed a new perspective on his art. There, immersed in the intimate culture of the porteño and surrounded by the fading majesty of the South American metropolis, William Hudson found a new artistic vision, one that would move him away from the commercial world of editors and art directors and into galleries and private collections.

William Hudson continued his love affair with Argentina into the 21st century, eventually marrying into an Argentinian family from the capital city of Buenos Aires, La Plata. It was a union that inspired even more South American themes in his artwork. Wandering the boulevards of the Federal Capital, the artist studied not only the ubiquitous fileteado and tango, but also the sculptures of Lola Mora, the architecture of Francisco Gianotti, and verse of Luis Borges. As the unique character of the Argentinian spirit began to manifest in his visual art, William Hudson established patrons that included lauded tango dancers, known as milongueros, as well as music directors and musicians. For more information, please visit


Top image credits: Franklin Photography.

Cancellation Policy
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.

Bilungual and Latino Initiatives are kindly sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation.

The Latin Music Concert Series is sponsored by the Duke Foundation, The Rodriguez Family Foundation, and WDAV.