Bowie Symphonic: 'Blackstar'

David Bowie’s vast cultural influence on millions of people can’t be overstated. The late British star recorded Blackstar—his final album—in secret, releasing it days before his death. Composer/conductor Evan Ziporyn has now transformed Blackstar into a stunning new arrangement for cello and orchestra. “Cello goddess” (The New Yorker) Maya Beiser joins Ziporyn's Ambient Orchestra, featuring musicians of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, to bring this new version to the concert hall.

Evan Ziporyn, Conductor/Arranger

Maya Beiser, Cello


"The orchestra’s approach took advantage of the rich, jazz-infused harmonic palette of ‘Blackstar.’ As the rest of the strings rose up in deep menace and then flitted away like shadows, Beiser’s cello replaced the vocals of ‘Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)’ with a shivering panic, and ‘Girl Loves Me’ tick-tick-ticked along implacably while she captured the curvy fillips of Bowie’s singing. And as it pressed forward, ‘Lazarus’ reached further down into the grave and further up toward the stars all at once.”