On Friday at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Maestra Sebrina Maria Alfonso and the South Florida Symphony will perform music from their Pops Series: The Great American Songbook, the first show in a five-show series that the group will perform this season. The Great American Songbook is a collection of music that is credited as having bridged the gap between opera and modern-day music as a whole. It is also considered one of the most important contributions made to American music in the 20th Century. Music by artists such as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, and Johnny Hammerstein will be performed. Tickets for the Friday event, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., can be purchased on Ticketmaster for $35 to $85. For additional information about the South Florida Symphony season, visit southfloridasymphony.org.