Some photo highlights from 2013 at Lincoln Center, including Great Performers, Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Midsummer Night Swing, White Light Festival, and Out of Doors. What was your favorite highlight at Lincoln Center in 2013?

Check out some great photos from the closing event of Midsummer Night Swing’s 25th anniversary season, taken by Kevin Yatarola.
 

Check out some great photos from the closing event of Midsummer Night Swing’s 25th anniversary season, taken by Kevin Yatarola.

 

Midsummer Night Swing’s Finale

The 25th Anniversary Season of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing comes to a close this evening with a performance by the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, offering music by Basie, Ellington, Lionel Hampton, and of course Illinois Jacquet.

The evening’s festivities include the awarding of the Ambassador Prize, an honor bearing the nickname Frankie Manning, one of lindy hop’s best dancers and master teachers.

Midsummer Night Swing
Harlem Renaissance Orchestra
Saturday, July 13
7:30 PM
Damrosch Park

 

Kids Dance Today at Midsummer Night Swing

Kids get to take a spin on the dance floor this afternoon when Dancing Classrooms’ Rodney Lopez, seen in the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, gives aspiring young dancers an engaging intro to ballroom dance. In just an hour and a half, dancers ages 6–10 will learn the basics of swing, merengue, tango, and a touch of Lopez’s passion, salsa.

Damrosch Park
Saturday, July 13
3:00 PM

 

Tonight at Midsummer Night Swing: Salsa and Charanga with Típica 73 

Torchbearers for four decades, Típica 73 operates where New York salsa meets Cuban charanga, a dance style that goes back to the island’s social dances of the 1890s. Reassembling many of its veteran members, including Johnny “Dandy” Rodríguez, Sonny Bravo, Adalberto Santiago, Orestes Vilató and Nelson González, alongside the new generation, these New York legends will switch from a horn-powered salsa conjunto to the violin and flute driven charanga set.

Midsummer Night Swing
Típica 73 - 40th Anniversary
Damrosch Park

Friday, July 12
7:30 PM


 

Tonight at Midsummer Night Swing: Loser’s Lounge Tribute to Donna Summer and Silent Disco Returns


What a night coming up at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing.

Feel love, as the Losers Lounge takes on disco and the hot stuff of Donna Summer and other mirror-ball era divas. Powered by ace session keyboardist Joe McGinty and his crack team of pop tributeers, Losers Lounge will hustle and boogie through the best of the ‘70s club scene. The Last Dance will happen with headphones on, as the Freedom Dance Party DJs spin during an after-hours silent disco.

Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing
The Loser’s Lounge Presents: Donna Summer and the Divas of Disco
Thursday, July 11, 7:30pm
Damrosch Park

 

Beautiful nighttime shot of Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park last night, taken from the roof of of the David Koch Theater. Only three more nights to dance!(Photo by Kevin Yatarola)
 

Beautiful nighttime shot of Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park last night, taken from the roof of of the David Koch Theater. Only three more nights to dance!

(Photo by Kevin Yatarola)

 

Tonight at Midsummer Night Swing: Mambo and Salsa with Arturo O’Farrill

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With a deep knowledge of Afro-Latin rhythm and percussion, Grammy-winning pianist Arturo O’Farrill and his big band elevate Latin jazz standards to new heights. Tonight honors the Palladium’s Big 3, featuring the mambos of Tito Puente, Machito, and Tito Rodriguez, with some salsa dura surprises thrown in for good measure. The ensemble, joined by special guest timbalero Tito Rodriguez, Jr. and vocalist Sammy Gonzalez, Jr., makes even the most dizzyingly complex pieces feel effortless and joyful, and the best dance tunes feel wonderfully artful.

Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing
Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guest Tito Rodriguez, Jr.
7:30pm
Damrosch Park

 

Swing it!Bill Bragin, Director of Public Programming for Lincoln Center and Midusmmer Night Swing, dances with Lana Turner at this summer’s Festival.You, too, can make a flipbook at tomorrow night’s event. Click here for more information.
 

Swing it!

Bill Bragin, Director of Public Programming for Lincoln Center and Midusmmer Night Swing, dances with Lana Turner at this summer’s Festival.

You, too, can make a flipbook at tomorrow night’s event. Click here for more information.

 

Tonight at Midsummer Night Swing: Jump Blues and Big Band

Saxophonist, singer, and bandleader Ray Gelato has been instrumental in the swing revival in the UK, taking cues from legendary entertainers like Louis Prima. Grabbing the best of jump blues and the Italian songbook, Gelato and his band have returned long-lost favorites by Paulo Conte, Fred Buscaglione, and Renato Carasone to their rightful place: lighting up the dancefloor with mambo italiano. Backing Gelato on this special evening is Philly’s swingin’ big band extraordinaire, the City Rhythm Orchestra.

Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing
Ray Gelato with the City Rhythm Orchestra
7:30pm
Damrosch Park