Lana Del Rey has released a cover of "Summertime" by George Gershwin to raise awareness and support two US orchestras.
Del Rey's cover of "Summertime" follows her version of the "On Eagle's Wings" hymn released earlier this month to celebrate Joe Biden’s election win.
The cover is released to raise awareness and support for the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, who won't be able to play a show until June 2021 at the earliest due to COVID-19.
Chad Smith, the Chief Executive Officer of Los Angeles Philharmonic said, "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."
The singer/songwriter announced her "American Standards and classics" album earlier this month while providing an update on Chemtrails Over The Country Club. She told her fans in a video, "Chemtrails Over The Country Club, right, 16-week delay on the vinyl process, so in the meantime, I am going to give you a digital record of American Standards and classics for Christmas because I can't get the record plants to open until March 5th."