Who: Ensemble LPR
What: Tribute performance of David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar
Where: City Parks SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield, enter at 72nd St. & Fifth Ave.
When: Saturday, June 9, free, 7:00 - 10:00
Why: Ensemble LPR, a classical music assemblage based at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Bleecker St., will be at Rumsey Playfield on June 9 for “Bowie Symphonic,” a free performance of Blackstar, the surprise album David Bowie released on January 8, 2016, his sixty-ninth birthday, two days before his death from liver cancer. Ensemble LPR will be led by clarinetist Evan Ziporyn, joined by cello soloist Maya Beiser, a founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the Donny McCaslin Group. Saxophonist McCaslin and his band played on Blackstar. “It was like a dream except it was something I never could have dreamed of,” McCaslin says of working with the Thin White Duke, which inspired his latest album, Beyond Now. “David Bowie was a visionary artist whose generosity, creative spirit, and fearlessness will stay with me the rest of my days. Beyond Now is dedicated to him and to all who loved him.” Doors open at six for the seven o’clock concert, which is part of (Le) Poisson Rouge’s tenth anniversary celebration, LPR X, which continues at the Greenwich Village institution with performances by Deerhoof, Of Montreal, the Horrors, Marc Ribot, Stew & the Negro Problem, Blonde Redhead, Bill Frisell, Justin Vivian Bond, and others.