Lincoln Center Announces Midsummer Night Swing Lineup

Classic Arts News   Lincoln Center Announces Midsummer Night Swing Lineup
Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing will run June 20-July 22, the center announced.

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 for more information.

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