Dear Granaderos and Damas,

On April 5th, 2017, please plan to attend a second set of lectures and a showcase of the opera that we will host at Rice University’s Herring Hall, Room 100 Auditorium at 3:00 PM.

Dr. Thomas E. Chavez, who will be presented the merit medal of Isabela La Catolica by the Honorable Enric Panes, Consul General of Spain during his visit to Houston, will lecture on Spain and Benjamin Franklin’s Influence to Support the American Revolution.  He will also discuss the Franklin in the Archives of Spain Project, which he is heading to translate all the Franklin-related letters and documents in the Spanish Archives.

Dr. Celia Lopez-Chavez will lecture on Spanish Music Lost and Found:  The Legacy of Manuel Areu, a Spanish composer and impresario active in Cuba, Mexico, and the US, who wrote and produced Zarzuela, vaudeville, and early talking movies.  All his musical compositions were lost, and he was forgotten, until they were discovered in a trunk in the city dump in Jerome, Arizona.  Now, there is a special Manuel Areu Project at the University of New Mexico dedicated to researching his legacy and to producing his magnificent, “lost” works!

Finally, Yo Solo:  Bernardo de Galvez:  The Unsung Hero Sings, the opera that the Granaderos y Damas – Houston has commissioned to be composed by Houston’s own Mary Carol Warwick, and which has been written by our own fellow Granadero Marec Bela Stefens, will be showcased with singers and pianist performing some of the most important scenes from the opera.

I am requesting that you please forward the attached flier to as many of your personal contacts and friends as possible, and that you please personally invite them to attend this important event.  I would also appreciate your effort to help us get the word out.

Thank you, and I look forward to see you at Rice on April 5th.

John Espinosa, Governor

Los Granaderos y Damas de Galvez – Houston