3 RA Arlen Asher

Arlen Asher, photo Jerry Courvoisier

Arlen Asher, who turns ninety on May 7, is renowned for his playing on every type of saxophone, as well as the alto flute, concert flute, bass flute, B-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, and contrabass clarinet. In 2007, he retired after teaching music to a couple thousand children, but he’s still making music. The Santa Fe Music Collective (505-946-7934, santafemusiccollective.org) presents a birthday concert celebration at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta. Admission is $20. Asher is joined by Christine Fawson, vocals and trumpet; Jim Ahrend, piano; Colin Deuble, bass; and John Trentacosta, drums. The Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE in Albuquerque, also celebrates Asher’s 90th at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. Admission is $25; call 505-268-0044 or go to outpostspace.org