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Latin Music Concert Series

Mint Museum UPTOWN

Thursday, Sep 29

7:00PM - 8:30PM

Admission: $20 / $15 Mint members

Pre-registration required. Tickets also available at the door


The Latin Music Concert Series seeks to showcase different rhythms from Latin America, highlighting the talents of local musicians from the Latin American community. From classical music to Latin jazz, these concerts will provide a taste of the variety of cultures from the all corners of Latin America.



The star of this concert is the harp. This program includes a variety of beautiful music from different regions of Latin America especially written for this instrument.


Pavelid Castaneda  -  harp
Agustin Gonzalez - cuatro
Aris Quiroga - guitar
Raul Verano - percussion




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Pavelid Castañeda

Born in Colombia, Pavelid Castaneda completed high school and university studies in Bogota, Colombia. He studied Music Education at the National Pedagogical University of Colombia.

Pavelid's life has been completely dedicated to music… singer. music director, composer and teacher.

In 1992 he relocated his family in Babylon, NY and soon thereafter he started his career as a renowned harpist, playing in the most renoved venues in New York. At the beginning he played as a duet with his daughter Angela, who plays the Venezuelan Cuatro. Then, he added Pavelid Jr., who was the singer and percussionist. Finally in 1994 with the arrive of Edmar (bass and harp) and Juanita (singer), the Castaneda Family restarted the musical group that had been born in Colombia in 1984-1985. So, by 1995 the Castaneda’s were very busy getting experience throughout the tri-state area. The group performed together until Edmar and Juanita got better venues around the 2000 year. They flew away but Pavelid kept the nest with the rest. At the end everybody left, and he continues playing as a soloist.


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Agustin Gonzalez

Agustin Gonzalez was born in Maracay, Venezuela. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Agustin is a self-taught cuatro player. He has been playing this instrument for more than twenty years. He performed with different folk music groups in Venezuela, and the Canary Islands. In 1999 he toured performing throughout Spain, and in 2006 he performed in Cuba.

Currently, Agustin performs with renown harpist Pavelid Castaneda, who is also his mentor.


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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.


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Raul Verano

Raul Verano was born in Lima, Peru. He started dancing Afro-Peruvian music at a young age in a group called Angelitos Negros & Mamauca. He was already playing percussion instruments at a professional level with well-known musicians by age 17.

Currently, he performs in North Carolina with Orquesta Mayor, and Lucas Torres’ Latin Jazz Band.



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 89.9 FM WDAV Classical Public Radio.

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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.