Lana Del Rey covers George Gershwin song ‘Summertime’
Lana Del Rey has released her very special cover of George Gershwin’s 1935 jazz track ‘Summertime’ in collaboration with the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic orchestras.
Del Rey, who has been extremely active during the pandemic, releasing a number of tracks through her social media channels as well as appearing on the occasional live stream, shared her rendition of ‘Summertime’ in a bid to help the aforementioned institutions during the difficult health crisis.
In a bid to raise awareness, Del Rey has urged her fans to donate to the LA group’s ‘Play Your Part’ fund and the ‘NY Plays On’ campaign to support struggling artists.
“I’m so grateful to have been asked to perform this version of ‘Summertime’ by George Gershwin — the legendary composer-pianist whose music the New York Philharmonic has premiered and with whom we performed,” said in a statement posted to social media.
She added: “Especially during a crisis faced by all performing arts organisations.”
Chad Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, added in a statement: “We’re incredibly grateful for Lana Del Rey’s support and for her drawing attention to the challenges arts organisations have faced over the past several months.
“The performing arts have been hit especially hard by the pandemic, but we look forward to the day when the orchestra and artists, including Lana, will be able return to our stages again. In the meantime, we are extraordinarily thankful for her support and the many, many other donors who have stepped forward during this difficult time.”
New York Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda, added: “What a wonderful gift from Lana Del Rey! It’s particularly poetic, since the song is by George Gershwin — the legendary composer-pianist whose music the New York Philharmonic has premiered and with whom we performed.
“We are most grateful to Lana, as we are to all who are supporting us during a crisis faced by all performing arts organisations.”