Maryland residents have a wide choice of musical events this season. Offerings range from Gilbert and Sullivan to Mozart, from a musical banquet to a choral sing-in and from familiar classics to several premieres.
Among the more unusual programs will be a "Tudor Feast" Dec. 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. at the University of Maryland Student Union Building. The evening will feature authentic music from Henry VIII's time and authentic food, including a genuine boar's head. Members of the University's Collegium Musicum under Paul Traver and Richard Wexler will perform in costumes of the period. Henry hinself, portrayed by a member of the drama department, will preside over the banquet, which is open to the public. For reservations call 454-2807.
A new opera was combined with an old favorite to start off the Montgomery Performing Arts Society's season last week. Doubled with Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci" was an opera entilted "Chronicles: Vignettes of Passion," written expressly for the Society by Gerry Muller, head of Montgomery Colleges music department. Performances continue Oct. 28-30 in the music building of Montgomery College's Rockville campus. Auditions for the society's next work, "Brigadoon," will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 2. For ticket and audition information call 881-3475.
Prince George's Civic Opera will open its season Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. at Prince George's Community College with the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, "The Mikado." Artistic director Rosemary Steeg recently announced that the company's April production will be the American premiere of Lully's French baroque opera, "Alceste."
The Montgomery Savoyards, which performs only Gilbert and Sullivan, will open its season Jan. 20-22 and 27-29 with "Princess Ida" at Montgomery Bhir High School in Silver Spring. The group would like a few more sopranos for its chorus. For information on auditions or tickets, call 477-2467 or 493-6724.
The Montgomery County Masterworks Chorus with 110 voices in one of the area's largest choral groups. Its season begins Nov. 19 at 8:30 p.m. with Handel's oratoria, "Solomon," at Einstein High School in Kensington. In addition to February and May concerts the group plans a "Carmina Burana" sing-in next May (468-4172).
The Laurel Oratorio Society opens its season Dec. 3 at St. Mary's Church in Laurel with Haydn's "The Creation." Several directors of the society, including the present director Mark Tardue, have been on the staff of Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and musicians from the conservatory have often joined the society's performances.With its first concert the group hopes to expand from its present 60 to 90 members. For information on tickets or auditions: 792-7492 or 725-8404.
One of the more unusual choral groups is Kwanzaa, which takes its name from an African holiday and specializes in programs based on the Afro-American arts. Kwanzaa will present a free concert at the Public Playhouse in Bladensburg at 6 p.m. Nov. 20. For part of the concert the singers will dress in African caftans (277-1711).
Another unusual group is Con Viva Musica, which specializes in music of the Renaissance. This 16-voice group recently sang at Columbia's "Renaissance Fair." Con Viva's next concert, set for 8 p.m. Dec. 2, will be an all-Mozart program at the Church of the Redeemer in Bowie. Anyone interested in having the group sing should call director Gordon Gustin at 464-8433.
The Prince George's Choral Society is anothe group that performs at area events. To arrange for a performance by this 50-voice chorus call Doug Boyd at 439-3956 or 634-6160.
The Prince George's philharmonic Orchestra under Emerson Head will open its season Nov. 5 at 8:30 p.m. with a free concert at Prince George's Community College. The all-Beethoven provgram includes the "Symphony No. 5" and the "Piano Concerto No. 4." Call 459-0213.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. the Prince George's Symphony Orchestra under Bruce Steeg opens with a pops fund-raiser entitled "A Night in Old Vienna," to be held in the Grand Ballroom of the University of Maryland. The concert will feature local TV personality Henry Tenenbaum in his orchestral conducting debut and members of the Prince George's Civic Opera in scenes from "Die Fledermaus." Champagne and cheese will be served. Call 277-2200, Ext. 342.
The Greenbelt Choral Society will begin its season with a December Christmas program. Anyone interested in singing with the group should call 474-2634. Qualified adult players are welcome to join the Greenbelt Concert Band in its year-round performances throughout the area. The 50-member group will also perform by request, but a large space is needed. For information on joining or requesting a concert call 552-1444.
For its Nov. 6 Program at the Rockville Civic Center Auditorium the Rockville Concert Band will have a guest conductor, Dr. Robert Tennyson, director of bands at American University. The concert, free to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. The band hopes to announce its choice for a new director in January. Call 424-8000, Ext. 315.
With several of the area's well-known composers and performances on its music staff, the University of Maryland offers some exceptional programs, often free of charge. For information on music events call 454-2501.
In addition to various music events Montgomery College will also present "Mondays at 101," a free series of weekly talks on the arts. Flutist Penny Fischer will be featured Nov. 7 in "Solos for the Silver Flute." For information on all events call 762-0636.