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Latin Music Concert Series

Mint Museum UPTOWN

Thursday, Sep 17

6:30PM - 8:00PM

Admission: $15 Mint members; $20 non-members

Registration required.


Latin Music Concert Series


Price: $15 Mint members; $20 non-members

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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.

An eclectic mix of melodies and rhythms from Latin America brought to life by the guitar, cello, harp, and percussion. The first of a series of four concerts, will feature the quartet comprised of the following talented local musicians:

Aris Quiroga - guitar
Tanja Bechtler  - cello
Pavelid Castaneda  -  harp
William Johnson Garcia - percussion



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.


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.


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.

William Johnson Garcia

William was born in Waukegan, Illinois and raised in Southern California. In 2009 William started a percussion instruction podcast that has grown to reach thousands across the globe and released his first solo project “Freedom… Joybeat”, a worship meditation album centered around world percussion. . The Heartbeat for Worship was established in 2007 and since has grown to receive notable press and attention from all over the world including Grammy award winning artists (

In October of 2011 William released his sophmore album “Flor de Vida”, a Latin jazz and fusion project that explores the textures of jazz, world music, rock, and contemporary with percussion leading the charge. Flor de Vida is a spirit and rhythm filled album that combines the strength of Grammy award winning musicians along with several internationally accomplished musicians from all over the world. Sacred Roots, William’s latest album was released in August of 2014 and received positive press and radio play in the US, South America, and Europe. Sacred Roots was on the 2014 Grammy Ballot as an alternative album.

Image credit: 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.


The Latino Initiative is generously sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation.