Professors join periodical cicadas to perform rare outdoor concert

A collaboration 17 years in the making

The invasion of Brood X (or Brood 10) cicadas is in full swing, making for a deafening buzz in parts of New Jersey. It’s enough to send most people running, but for one New Jersey Institute of Technology professor, those sounds are a rare symphony and he’s joining the chorus, along with some fellow musicians.

David Rothenberg, Professor of Philosophy and Music at NJIT, started playing his clarinet alongside birds nearly two decades ago, then whales, then insects. He’s played with cicadas in the past but this is his first show with some from the Brood X cohort, which emerges only once every 17 years.

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