The 18-year-old series features live bands performing for dancers on an outdoor dance floor. Created as a showcase for swing, it has expanded to include salsa, Irish dancing, tango, and other styles.
The season opens on June 20 with a performance by Los Angeles's Jonathan Stout Orchestra, with vocalist Hilary Alexander. Other highlights include performances by J. C Heard Orchestra, Gene Krupa Orchestra, and Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, all led by contemporary followers of their legendary founders.
The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra will close the festival on July 22 with a tribute to saxophonist Illinois Jacquet, a fixture at Midsummer Night Swing until his death in 2004.
Each performance at Midsummer Night Swing begins at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a 45-minute dance lesson that starts at 6:30. Multi-night passes are currently on sale; single tickets go on sale on May 16. Visit www.lincolncenter.org for more information.