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Latin Music Concert Series

Mint Museum UPTOWN

Thursday, Apr 28

7:00PM - 8:30PM

Admission: $20/ $15 Mint members


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.



An evening of Brazilian rhythms from classical to bossa nova, capoeria, and samba.



Aris Quiroga - guitar

Bechtler Ensemble

Tanja Bechtler - cello
Cynthia Lawing - piano
Robert Teixeira - guitar

Brazilian Band

Reinaldo Brahn - vocals / nylon guitar 
Nelson Rios - bass 
Al Sergel - drums
Mark Stallings - piano 
Jon Thornton - trumpet 


Adriana Freiberger - zamba 
Aristides Valeriano (Zumbi) - capoeira


Be sure to Sip, Shop, and Save with special shopping hours at the Mint Museum Uptown Shop until 9 p.m.!




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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


Bechtler Ensemble

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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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Cynthia Lawing

Cynthia Lawing, pianist, received her graduate degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music. She is a member of the Bechtler Ensemble, a member of the duo-pianist team Lawing and Cook and frequently performs internationally with Bill Lawing, trumpeter. They have performed in most of the European countries, Chile, Greece, and will have concerts in China this summer. Cynthia teaches at Davidson College.

Recently she collaborated with Davidson professor Dr. Mauro Botelho to present a lecture/recital on the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos. 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


Brazilian Band

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Reinaldo Brahn

Reinaldo toured his original music throughout Brazil, and then brought his artistry to the United States.  Arriving in Charlotte, North Carolina, in October 2007, he quickly introduced his Brazilian roots to the local scene.  He creatively applies robust Brazilian style to popular American music with a truly inspiring result.  Reinaldo's specialties include singing and playing authentic Brazilian music including Musica Popular Brasileira (MPB) and classic Sambas, bossa nova, baiao, etc. as well as performing American pop songs with a strong Brazilian influence.  


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Nelson Rios

Nelson Rios also known as Nelsinho Rios is proficient at electric, synth, and upright bass, guitars and keyboards. He has already played, recorded and produced a variety of shows and artists such as Lee Ritenour, Alex Acuña, Emmett Skyy, Roger Espinoza/Cafe-Fuego, Rique Pantoja, Steve Fister, Bryan Duncan, Arthur Maia, Airto Moreira and Eyedentity, Jazzy Frank, and many more.

As a studio musician, he has recorded many tracks for a variety of producers and projects that have been played in shows like Jane the Virgin, American Odyssey, The Amazing Race, The Bachelorette, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, HBO, Sony, and many others. Also, he has played for many Hollywood celebrities with the Cafe-Fuego Flamenco Group including Charlie Chin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Julie Andrews, Kate Wash, John Luvitz, and many others.  Also, he is a voting member for the Grammy's Recording Academy. For more information, please visit


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Al Sergel

With twenty-five years’ experience as a professional musician and instructor, Al Sergel performs for audiences worldwide. A drummer and percussionist, Sergel received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion and Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from Florida State University. In addition, he studied for a year with John Ramsey at the Berklee College of Music.

Sergel has performed and recorded with Jason Upton, John Mark McMillan, Rita Springer, Chad Lawson, Martin Bejerano, Frank Kimbrough, Christine D’Clario, Leonard Jones, Don Potter, Suzi Yaraei, Jonathan David Helser, Molly Williams, Josh Baldwin, Asher Seevinck, Andy Squyres, Noel Freidline, Jim Brock and many more. Sergel has shared the stage with such notable artists as Kim Walker-Smith, William Matthews, Matt Maher, Bob Mintzer, Marcus Printup, Rick Skaggs, Nelson Rangell, Jim Snidero and Adam Nitti. Sergel is the founder and lead organizer of The TamTam Group and resides in North Carolina. For more information, please visit


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Mark Stallings

Mark Stallings has been playing professionally in the North and South Carolina area for more than 30 years. Mark studied piano performance at the North Carolina School of the Arts and was heavily involved in starting the school's jazz and big band program. He is an in-demand jazz pianist, organist and synthesist who plays regularly every week in different venues in the North and South Carolina area. Mark is a very sought-after studio musician, composer and arranger, and has played piano, Hammond B3 and various synthesizers as a session keyboardist on countless recordings in North and South Carolina, Nashville, Los Angeles and New York areas. Mark also does extensive sound design and computer programming and arranging, and is heavily involved in using state of the art studio production hardware and software. Appearing at large jazz festivals every year, Mark Stallings performs exciting straightahead jazz, fusion styles, and has remarkable technique and facility. Mark has performed with artists such as Clark Terry with the Charlotte symphony Orchestra. Mark is also featured monthly at 'The Jazz Room' for Jazz Arts Initiative in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Blumenthal performing arts center.


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Jon Thornton

Jon Thornton began his first musical studies at the age of 10 in the Charlotte, North Carolina school band program.  Jon’s proficiency as a trumpet player was discovered early. Before beginning higher education, he had the opportunity to perform with jazz legends Marian McPartland, Donald Byrd and Herb Ellis. Likewise, prior to leaving for the University of Miami, he was asked to join a big band tour of Romania, sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

Over the years, Jon has had the honor of performing with some of the legends in the music industry including: The Woody Herman Orchestra, The Buddy Rich Band, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable Orchestra, Loonis McGlohon, Al Jarreau, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra of San Francisco, the Les Elgart Orchestra, Emily Remler, the Four Tops, the Temptations, the O’Jays, the Shirelles, Jim Brock, Don Dixon, Marti Jones and with the hip-hop artist, Deltron 3030 Orchestra.


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Adriana Frieberger

Adriana has been teaching yoga, dance and movement since 2009. Adriana has studied under master Samba and Afro-Brazilian dancers ranging from NYC, Washington DC and North Carolina. Her purpose is to share her knowledge, love of body awareness and art through movement via the practice of: Yoga, Martial arts and Samba for people of her community of all fitness and experience levels. Adriana hopes pay homage to Afro-Brazilian culture and allow people to find comfort and joy through dance by sharing her passion for Samba with the local community.


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Contra-Mestre Zumbi

Aristides Valeriano de Fatima, known internationally as Contra-Mestre Zumbi, was born in Sete Lagos in Minas Gerais, Brazil. At the age of 13, Contra-Mestre Zumbi started practicing capoeira with Mestre Esquilo. When Mestre Esquilo joined the group Cordão de Ouro, Contra-Mestre Zumbi and other students followed. Contra-Mestre has completely dedicated his life to capoeira. With his unique style of teaching capoeira, Contra-Mestre Zumbi creates fun and creative classes combining martial arts, expressive movements and gymnastics into an exciting and challenging practice. After teaching workshops and performing throughout Europe and the Mideast including Latvia, Israel, Austria, Sweden, and Germany, Contra-Mestre Zumbi has made the US his home, where he hopes to show others the beauty and diversity that exists in Brazilian culture. 


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.

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