Lana Del Rey drops sultry cover of George Gershwin’s “Summertime”

In support of performing arts organizations’ pandemic relief efforts.

Lana Del Rey has shared a new rendition of George Gershwin’s beloved jazz standard, “Summertime.”

An accompanying visual opens with Del Rey and her band, after a “quick COVID test,” riding to their “hideout” in an antique car. Later, the clip depicts the singer and her band swaying along to the laid-back jazz number.

The cover was Del Rey’s way of supporting arts institutions through the COVID-19 pandemic. She urged her fans to donate to the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra’s Play Your Part fund, as well as the New York Philharmonic’s NY Plays On drive.

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“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,” Del Rey wrote in a tweet. “Especially during a crisis faced by all performing arts organizations.”

Both groups were quick to express their gratitude. Chad Smith, CEO of the LA Philharmonic, said in a statement: “We’re incredibly grateful for Lana Del Rey’s support and for her drawing attention to the challenges arts organizations have faced over the past several months.” NY Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda likewise added: “We are most grateful to Lana, as we are to all who are supporting us during a crisis faced by all performing arts organizations.”

Del Rey’s most recent release was “Let Me Love You Like a Woman”, set to feature on her upcoming album Chemtrails Over the Country Club. The record, which is due out next year, will be the follow-up to her acclaimed 2019 album Norman Fucking Rockwell!.

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