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David Rothenberg

"I really believe as an improvising musician you can play with all kinds of musicians, even those you can’t talk to like cicadas and nightingales and humpback whales," said David Rothenberg, who has spent his musical career looking at the relationship between humanity and nature. He's performing with OREGON co-founder Glen Moore on Dec. 6 at the Coconino Center for the Arts. 

Join the Interference Series in welcoming Glen Moore and David Rothenberg for an evening of innovative music. One of the co-founders of the legendary ensemble Oregon, bassist Glen Moore has been at the forefront of creative music since the 1960s. Along with Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, and Colin Walcott, Moore developed a unique style of improvisation and composition spanning the worlds of jazz, classical music, and what would later be called world music. He has appeared on numerous recordings as a member of Oregon and other ensembles, and as a solo artist. He has performed with the gamut of modern music-makers ranging from Carla Bley to Elvin Jones to Ravi Shankar, and has also collaborated with important poets such as Yusef Komunyakaa and Anne Waldman.

David Rothenberg is a clarinetist, composer, and writer who is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Music at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has recorded many albums of original music, several of which act as companions to book projects on the music and sound of nature such as Why Birds Sing (on birds), Thousand Mile Song (on whales), and Bug Music (on insects). He has collaborated with musicians spanning the range of style, genre, and nationality, including Glen Velez, Marilyn Crispell, and Lucie Vítková.

Moore and Rothenberg will be joined by percussionist Rob Wallace, who is co-curator of the Interference Series and a Lecturer in the NAU Honors College. Wallace is a musician, writer, and teacher who has published and recorded widely.

Tickets are $10. The event will go from 7-9 p.m on Thursday, December 6 at Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N Fort Valley Rd. For more information, visit www.interferenceseries.org.

Chabad of Flagstaff to light up 6-foot tall menorah at City Hall, more festivities to follow

Chabad of Flagstaff will ignite a public 6-foot Hanukkah menorah at City Hall, followed by a community-wide celebration on Wednesday, December 5 from 5 - 7 p.m., the 4th night of the eight-day holiday. The 12th annual menorah lighting is free of charge and open to the public. The event will feature community officials, and will honor incoming Vice Mayor, Adam Shimoni, with the lighting of the menorah.

Following the menorah lighting ceremony, hundreds can enjoy the festivities with live music by Mother Road Trio, Hanukkah crafts, delicious latkes and donuts, and the annual Hanukkah art contest.

The Menorah lighting is part of the worldwide Hanukkah campaign, an initiative launched by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson in 1973. The campaign highlights and encourages the central theme of the holiday — publicizing the story of the Hanukkah miracle.

Flagstaff’s menorah is one of more than 15,000 large public menorahs sponsored by Chabad in more than 100 countries around the world, including in front of landmarks such as the White House, the Eiffel Tower, and the Kremlin helping children and adults of all walks of life discover and enjoy the holiday message.

For more information about Hanukkah and a local schedule of events visit www.jewishflagstaff.com/chanukah.

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