The return of the 17-year cicadas has Washington buzzing.

Just when you thought the sci-fi sound of cicadas couldn't get any louder, humans are pumping up the volume. The Locust, a San Diego speedy art-rock band, will be playing in their larvally get-ups May 28 at the 9:30 club. A June 4 concert at the Barns of Wolf Trap will include "The Cicadas" by 19th-century French composer Emmanuel Chabrier. And Strathmore Hall Arts Center in North Bethesda has tapped composer David Kane to pen a paean to Brood X. "Emergence: A Cicada Serenade" will premiere on July 29 as part of a free concert series.

Written for a seven-member ensemble, the chamber music will last a little more than five minutes, says Kane from his Silver Spring home, and will rely on all kinds of bizarre percussion instruments, such as Volkswagen brake drums.

Kane's intention is not to imitate the male cicada's music but to create a romantic backdrop that will put the critters -- who've gone 17 years without a date -- in the mood. Of course, he points out, by the time his music is played, most of the Brood X adults will be dead.

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