Spanish music in Columbus' time
This is the year of Columbus, and there's no better way to celebrate it musically than to hear the great Waverly Consort Saturday at 8 p.m. at Smith Theater at Howard Community College, as part of the Candlelight Concert Series. The ensemble will present a concert titled "The Year 1492: Spanish Music in the Time of Columbus." The fascinating program will concentrate on more than just narrowly defined Spanish music. The year of Columbus' "discovery" of the New World was also the year the Spanish monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, expelled Muslims and Jews from a homeland that had been theirs for centuries. The astonishing contributions of these two groups to what we think of as Spanish musical culture will also be investigated by the Waverly singers and instrumentalists. David Crawford of the University of Michigan will give a free preconcert lecture at 6 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $15. For more information, call (410) 720-1027. "Remember Maryland" is an exhibit of pictures pertaining to the history of American Indians and African Americans in 18th and 19th century Maryland. Curated by Steven Lee, executive director of the Heritage Museum, it is a traveling exhibit sponsored in part by the Maryland Humanities Council and is currently at Gallery 409 of the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 409 N. Charles St.
The show consists of lithographs and photographs. It runs through Oct. 30. For information, call (410) 396-1300.
John Dorsey Every year around this time Towson State University becomes "Tuba Central U.S.A." This week the university is celebrating this much-maligned instrument with an "Octubafest." There will be master classes, guest artists, tuba jam sessions and two concerts every day. The three biggest public concerts will take place Tuesday (the United States Navy Tuba Euphonium Quartet), Wednesday (a 25-tuba ensemble from James Madison University) and Thursday (tuba player Dave Zerkel of the United States Army Band) at 8:15 p.m. in the TSU Fine Arts Concert Hall. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (410) 484-5200.