Platicas Musicales Salutes the Queen of Bolero

CORPUS CHIRSTI, TX – Considered the queen of Tejano bolero music, Consuelo “Chelo” Silva will be the subject of this month’s Platicas Musicales (music talks) on Wednesday, March 28 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Ben F. McDonald Public Library, 4044 Greenwood Drive.

Born in Brownsville, Texas, Silva’s career began in the 1930s and continued through the 1980s where she spent the later years of her life in Corpus Christi. She was a star in her own right but also performed with notable singers Alfredo Jimenez, Javier Solis and Lola Beltran.

Local music historian Manuel Ayala will lead the discussion entitled “Remembering Chelo Silva: La Reina del Bolero Tejano” and will feature a live musical performance by Martina Garcia of Silva’s best-known songs. Several pieces of rare Silva-related memorabilia will be on display. The public is invited to this free event.

Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request and in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation, please call 361-826-2356 at least 48 hours in advance.

For more information, contact Dorothea Castañón, Managing Librarian, at Ben F. McDonald Public Library at (361) 826-2356 or by email at