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June 04, 2015

Midsummer Night Swing 2015 Week Three: July 7–11

Midsummer Night Swing

Date: June 4, 2015

Contact: Kate Merlino, 212.875.5101

[email protected]



JULY 7–JULY 11, 2015


The New York debut of Conjunto Sabrosura;

Gordon Webster Big Band;

Tribute to Octavio Brunetti featuring Pedro Giraudo Tango Orchestra;

LC Kids Dance!;

Harlem Renaissance Orchestra pays tribute to Illinois Jacquet;

and the Ambassador Prize Lindy Hop Dance Contest honoring Frankie Manning


Tickets On Sale Now


June 4, 2015 – The 27th season of New York’s greatest outdoor dance party–Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing–takes over the open-air ballroom in Damrosch Park (West 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues) from Tuesday, June 23 through Saturday, July 11.  Midsummer Night Swing will bring together people of all ages, at every skill level, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds for 15 evenings of social dance.  Dance genres presented this summer include swing, mambo, tango, hustle, salsa, disco, Lindy hop, waacking (similar to vogue-ing), and jitterbug. The bands come from across the country and around the world to entertain the most demanding and appreciative audience they’ll ever play for–New Yorkers. 


Week Three starts with salsa band Conjunto Sabrosura making its New York debut playing both Cuban and old school New York-inspired salsa. Following this, Gordon Webster Big Band featuring jazz vocalist Brianna Thomas is sure to light up the dance floor after a Lindy Hop lesson from Laura Jeffers. Changing the tune the next evening is Pedro Giraudo Tango Orchestra paying a loving tribute to Octavio Brunetti. Salsa reigns the next day with the José Alberto “El Canario” 40th Anniversary.  Week Three continues with LC Kids Dance!, a free dance learning experience that teaches social dances such as tango, salsa and swing. Later that Saturday, July 11, the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra offers a swinging 11th annual tribute to Illinois Jacquet. With this revival of Illinois Jacquet’s influential sound, swing dancers can compete for the Ambassador Prize, honoring the late Savoy Ballroom dancing legend Frankie Manning.


Tickets are on sale now. Multi-evening Midsummer Night Passes are priced at $84 for six dances, and four-dance passes are available for $60. Passes for the full season are $170. Tickets for individual evening events are $17.


Midsummer Night Swing 2015 lead support is provided by Macy’s.

Midsummer Night Swing is made possible, in part, by Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams/

The Williams Capital Group, LP.


Each evening of Midsummer Night Swing is a ticketed event. The night begins with a dance lesson at 6:30 pm for all skill levels with some of New York’s foremost instructors. Lessons are included in the price of admission. Live music and dancing begins at 7:30 pm and lasts until 10:00 pm unless otherwise noted.


The Swing box office is located in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall at Broadway and 65th Street. Tickets for   individual events and passes can be purchased in advance at the Avery Fisher Box Office or beginning at 5:30 pm on the night of the event at a box office in Damrosch Park.  All major credit cards will be accepted.  Tickets and passes can also be purchased through CenterCharge, 212.721.6500, or at Twitter users can follow Midsummer Night Swing @LCSwing for ongoing news and updates.


Dance Ambassador For $100, a group of four friends getting together for one night of open-air dancing will receive admission for four, bag check for four, and one complimentary glass of wine or beer per guest.


Rain Policy Midsummer Night Swing makes every effort to present each event of the season, as long as unpredictable weather allows. Performance cancellations due to inclement weather will not be announced until 8:30 pm on show night. In the case of cancellation, ticket holders are entitled to exchange for another performance or a refund. Pass holders are not entitled to a refund. If a performance has begun and is canceled after 8:30 pm, exchanges or refunds are not offered.


The schedule for Midsummer Night Swing Week Three:


Tuesday, July 7

Conjunto Sabrosura Salsa                                                                                                           **New York City debut** 

Conjunto Sabrosura is a band founded by Cuban native Ihosvany Negret.  Negret creates music that is a fusion of the explosiveness of New York salsa with the delicate cadences of Son Cubano. This Latin hybrid–dubbed salsaboricubana–also includes a potent dose of old-school New York salsa for a sound powered by trumpets in the horn section and the powerful voice of lead singer Mayte Perez.

Lesson: Gildred Ribot teaches Salsa

DJ: Andy Rodriguez


Wednesday, July 8

Gordon Webster Big Band with featured vocalist Brianna Thomas Big Band Swing

Gordon Webster has a huge advantage as a leader of a swing band–he is a Lindy Hopper himself and knows the beats and the rhythms that will get dancers going.  As both a pianist and band leader he has performed at hundreds of Lindy events worldwide; add to that his dancing, and the result is a “wow.”  Webster’s Big Band will be joined by vocalist Brianna Thomas, whose timing and technique enliven the tunes of the big bands’ golden age.

Lesson: Laura Jeffers teaches Lindy Hop

DJ: DJ Va Va Voon


Thursday, July 9

Tribute to Octavio Brunetti featuring Pedro Giraudo Tango Orchestra Tango

Grammy-winning pianist, arranger, and conductor Octavio Brunetti was a consummate tango artist. Born and raised in Argentina, he played piano with most of Argentina’s important tango singers and musicians before moving to the U.S. in 2004.  The winner of New York’s International Tango Competition for Best Solo Piano and Best Duo, Brunetti recorded a number of albums including Soledad by Ástor Piazzolla with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the soundtrack to Francis Ford Coppola’s film, Tetro.  Last summer Brunetti and his group played an evening of magical tango, a night that turned out to be his last public performance. Brunetti died unexpectedly a few weeks after, so tonight his friend and fellow Argentine, Pedro Giraudo, brings his tango orchestra to perform as a tribute.  An award-winning bassist and composer, Giraudo brings his extensive musicality and gifted way with plush harmonies to his performances of tango.

Lesson: Ana Padron and Diego Blanco teach Tango

DJ: Maria José Sosa


Friday, July 10

José Alberto “El Canario” 40th Anniversary Salsa

Celebrating four decades of singing the tender ballads of salsa’s romantic side, José Alberto is also one of the most influential singers of Latin music.  A master improviser, Alberto is a native of Santo Domingo who grew up in Puerto Rico, where he first fell for Latin music. He came to New York as a young man and performed with a lengthy list of orchestras, including a stint with Típica 73. He has recorded ten albums of Latin music, and in addition to his solo work he performed frequently with the great vocalist Celia Cruz.

Lesson: Carlos König teaches Salsa

DJ: DJ Brian Martinez


Saturday, July 11 from 2:30 to 4:00pm

LC Kids Dance!


Ballroom, Salsa, Swing

Kids get in on the act with a special afternoon session (ideal for the entire family) with teacher Rodney Lopez from Dancing Classrooms–seen in Mad Hot Ballroom, the 2005 documentary about teaching ballroom dance in NYC public schools.  He’ll get youngsters off on the right foot, teaching them the basics of ballroom, tango, and swing. The mission of Dancing Classrooms is to cultivate essential life skills in children through the practice of social dance.


Saturday, July 11

Harlem Renaissance Orchestra: 11th Annual Tribute to Illinois Jacquet  Big Band Swing

Dancers will jump to the big band sound of the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, a group that was formed more than twenty years ago to revive the great sounds from the big band era.  The band recognizes the masters of the big band sound: Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, and Midsummer Night Swing favorite, Illinois Jacquet, and plays their music as if it were yesterday.  Band leader Ron Allen has taken the orchestra to perform at the JVC Jazz Festival, the Rainbow Room, the Copacabana, and the legendary Apollo Theater, and a decade ago was selected by Jacquet’s longtime companion, Carol Sherick, to carry on his legacy as the perennial closing night band for Midsummer Night Swing.

Lesson: Margaret Batiuchok teaches Lindy Hop

DJ: Odysseus Bailer


On the 11th there will also be the 7th Annual Ambassador’s Prize Dance Contest, honoring the late Frankie Manning, “Lindy Hopper extraordinaire.” The contest is open to everyone and takes place during the break between sets of the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra.


FREE Talk: Tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance will discuss tap dance’s influence on the Shim Sham, from 5:30 to 5:50 pm.


Midsummer Night Swing 2015 lead support is provided by Macy’s.


Midsummer Night Swing is made possible, in part, by Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams/The Williams Capital Group, LP.


Additional support for Midsummer Night Swing 2015 is provided by Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center.


Operation of Lincoln Center’s public plazas is supported in part with public funds provided by the City of New York.


MetLife is a National Sponsor of Lincoln Center.


United Airlines is a Supporter of Lincoln Center.


WABC-TV is a supporter of Lincoln Center.


Artist catering provided by Zabar’s and


“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Diet Pepsi.


Time Out New York is the media partner of Summer at Lincoln Center.


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants, Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS.  As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations. In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012.


Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at 212.875.5375.


Programs and artists subject to change.


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