LV Phil sends out a musical ‘Gershwin Valentine’ this weekend at the Smith Center

Curious about George? Scalera and the Phil celebrate Valentine’s Day with Gershwin.

By the time George Gershwin died at the young age of 38, he’d built a songbook that would endure for the remainder of the century and beyond. “Summertime” has been recorded by dozens of artists, from Billie Holiday to Janis Joplin and Ella Fitzgerald. Others have taken a stab at works he wrote with his brother Ira, including “‘S Wonderful” and “The Man I Love.”

Classical or popular, upbeat or mournful, his music is unforgettable. This weekend it’s his love songs that will be featured as part of the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Pops Series, with Niki Scalera on vocals. The Broadway singer was a last-minute replacement for Sylvia McNair, who canceled due to illness. Scalera, who is currently working on a one-woman show featuring the music of powerhouse vocalist Shirley Bassey, has also performed in We Will Rock You at Paris Las Vegas. But on Saturday, it’s all Gershwin for her and the Las Vegas Philharmonic, conducted by Peter Bay.

A Gershwin Valentine February 14, 7:30 p.m., $26-$94. Smith Center's Reynolds Hall, 702-749-2000.

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