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Our poetry and music events are the most creative aspect of what we offer. Our Artistic Director, Tanja Bechtler, engages with the poet to get a feel for the poem.
She looks at each poem and creates a synthesis between the words and the music incorporating elements from the melody, the rhythm, and the harmony. 


When Bechtler Ensemble collaborates with a poet we decide on the theme of the event which helps to select the poems. Once the poems have been selected I then decide which poems will have music while it is being recited and which ones are best with music before or after the poem. I create the music to go with the poem in different ways that can be mysterious but I also have a process that I go through. 


1. I feel the emotional content of the poem and match it to the music.
2. I listen to the rhythm of the words and match it to the rhythms of the music.
3. I listen to where there is silence and where there are words so that the words and the music do not conflict but complement each other.

The Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC):

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For the past 18 years poet Larry Sorkin and the Bechtler-Teixeira Duo have collaborated on poetry events for different educational institutions like Central Piedmont Community College, Queens University, Churches, The Charlotte Literary Society, The Jung Society in Charlotte.

This is our poetry trio.

Bechtler Ensemble was awarded by CPCC (Central Piedmont Community College)  with the Irene Blair Honeycutt Legacy Award.

April 2022

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Look out for our next Poetry and Music event in Charlotte, Chapel Hill, NC and Chicago, IL

Milonga- Jorge Cardoso - Tanja Bechtler and Robert Teixeira
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Tanja Bechtler - cellist in Charlotte (1)
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Some of our previous Poetry & Music Events

  1. April 11, 2022, Re-Imagining Our Place On This Earth, The Irene Blair Honeycutt Legacy Award

  2. February 16, 2018, Star-Bless’d, Star-Cross’d A Valentine Festival Weekend of Poetry, Music and Art, International House Program

  3. Dec, 2018 The Heart Longs, Ecstatic Poetry and Music, Charlotte Friends of Jung

  4. Dec 4, 2016, Queens University The Confluence of Religion's Rivers of Light
    through Music and Poetry

  5. April 7, 2016, Resonance, The Path of Poetry and the Cello, Charlotte Lit Program

  6. February 7, 2014, Charlotte Friends of Jung Program, Questions of Love

  7. Fall, 2013 Eight sessions at the Olympic High - Renaissance School (not sure about the school)

  8. October 19, 2013 Saying What Can’t Be Said, Books and Books, Coral Gables, Florida

  9. October 2012, Giving a Voice to the Faces: Exploring Persona, in Poetry and Music, Charlotte Friends of Jung

  10. May 2012, Mystical, Natural, Personal; Unearthing What Can’t Be Said, Krug, Chicago

  11. January 2012 Saying What Can’t Be Said, The Ineffable in Poetry and Music

  12. November 2011 Saying What Can’t Be Said, The Ineffable in Poetry and Music, Church of Reconciliation Chapel Hill

  13. SEPT. 24, 2011, 100 Thousand Poets For Change – A Global Effort,  Atherton Farmer’s Market

  14. September 2010, TEDx

  15. April 2010, Airy Knoll Program, CPCC (there were more than just this one that we did for Elizabeth)

  16. March, 2010, Sam Ragan Festival, NC Poetry Society

  17. January 2010, Synergy of a Poet and Cellist at Play

  18. April 1, 2009, Where Poem and Cello Meet, Davidson NC for Charlotte Writer’s Club North

  19. September 2008 A Recital and Recitation, Collaboration of Cellist and Poet, Unitarian Universalist Church

  20. April 10, 2008, A Recital and Recitation, Collaboration of Cellist and Poet, Sloan Hall, CPCC

  21. November 8, 2007 A Recital and Recitation, Collaboration of Cellist and Poet, Belk Chapel, Queens University

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