2020 Speakers and Entertainment

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Ladies Liberty

Ladies Liberty

 

From deep within the heart of Texas, Ladies Liberty is a modern-retro show troupe whose patriotic performers passionately promote the spirit of American pride through the songs of today and yesterday.  Ladies Liberty endeavor is to encourage appreciation for our nations heroes and spark joy in the hearts of all Americans near and far.

 

 

 

 

Msgt. Erika Stevens

 

 

Erika is a native Texan who spent her formative years in Denver, Colorado.  She earned a BA degree from Abilene Christian University in Vocal Performance and currently teaches elementary Music in the Dallas Independent School district.

Erika joined the Texas Air National Guard Band of the Southwest in l998 after 8 years as an Air Force band vocalist.  Erika’s performing experience includes morale concerts for US troops in the Middle East, the Warrior Open Golf Tournament hosted by President George W. Bush in 2014, and she has been the requested Anthem singer for the Dallas Veterans Day Parade since 2013.  In 2011 Erika was selected by Major League Baseball to perform “God Bless America” in the 7th inning of the Texas Rangers World Series game 4.  She continued to be a 7th inning performer with the Rangers through the 2014 season. Erika’s recent performances include the 2016 NCAA Division II Championship game in Frisco, singing the 7th inning stretch for the Colorado Rockies (2016) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (2017) and performing the National Anthem at the November 2017 NASCAR race at TX Motor Speedway.  Erika can be requested as a military or civilian performer.

 

 

 

 

Patrick Nugent - Photographer

 

 

Senior Master Sergeant (Ret.) Pat Nugent joined the Air Force wanting to become a jet engine mechanic, but he quickly found out that Air Force needs come first and he was sent to school to become a parachute rigger.  

With a passion for photography, Nugent was able to cross-train to a new career field, enjoying assignments in Nebraska and Colorado before getting assigned to the Air Force’s “Thunderbirds.”  That assignment led to a competitive selection as a photojournalist and resulted in advanced training at Syracuse University.  

While stationed in Germany, Nugent covered the Rhein-Main Air Base bombing and the return of hostages Father Martin Jenco and David Jacobson, as well as those kidnapped from the Italian cruise ship “Achille Lauro.”  Nugent also covered Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, PROVIDE HOPE and the Panama invasion.  He supervised the “Prototype” Electronic Imaging Center during the early and groundbreaking days that introduced digital photography to the Department of Defense.  Nugent retired in 1992 after 23 years of service and continues to participate in military photography workshops and the Military Photographer of the Year program.

Time in service:           Air Force                      23 years

Rank Upon retirement: Senior Master Sergeant (SMSgt / E-8)

Jobs in the Air Force:  

Parachute Rigger (7 yrs.), Photographer (8 yrs.), Syracuse University (1 yr.) & Photojournalist (7 yrs.) 

USAF Air Demonstration Team “Thunderbirds”

Team Photographer: Jan ’82 thru July ’84      1st F-16 team

After retirement from the Air Force:

Previously I was the National Account Manager, Photojournalism for the Eastman Kodak Company; before that the Federal Government & Law Enforcement Account Manager for a seven state region representing Kodak Professional traditional and digital products; demonstrating Kodak’s digital hardware and software including Photo and Writable CD technology.

Then Nikon, Government Account Manager; I represented the professional and consumer Traditional & Digital products to the Federal Government. I travel demonstrating products, working equipment for evaluation and conducting training sessions & workshops. Produced 7 "Live" satellite Camera & Photography training broadcasts over the Air National Guard television network.

Now currently retired and living with his wife Carol live in Allen, they have two adult children and five grandchildren.

 

 

 

Plano Civic Chorus

 

 

The Plano Civic Chorus is known for its consistent choral excellence. Under the direction of Ralph Frederick Stannard, Artistic Director and Conductor, the 90-member auditioned chorus has established itself as one of premiere arts groups in North Texas. The chorus’s broad repertoire ranges from the songs of the Broadway stage to the great masterworks of the classical composers. The chorus performs regularly with the Plano Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Irving Symphony Orchestra and Allen Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.

In recent seasons the Plano Civic Chorus concerts have featured several choral masterpieces, including Bach’s Magnificat, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Brahms’s German Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’sElijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Verdi’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria. In other concerts the chorus has sung beloved Broadway favorites, famous opera choruses and stirring patriotic songs. The Plano Civic Chorus also regularly participates in community events such as the annual tree lighting celebrations at Galleria Dallas and Caroling in the Arts District with WRR 101.1 FM.

The highlights of the chorus’s history include a performance of Mozart’s Requiem at New York’s Carnegie Hall as part of the North Texas Festival Chorus, an appearance at the Texas Choral Directors’ Association convention in San Antonio, and a guest performance at the Hot Springs Music Festival’s 10th anniversary in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Through several tours to Europe, the Plano Civic Chorus has also gained international exposure. Its first tour, in 2002, featured performances throughout the British Isles and at the Criccieth Choral Festival in Wales. Subsequent tour itineraries have included Austria, the Czech Republic and the International Church Music Festival in Bern, Switzerland (2005), performances at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (2008), and concerts throughout Germany and Italy, including an international music festival in Berlin (2011). In a tour through France and Spain in 2014, the chorus was invited to perform again in Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral and was also selected to sing at Barcelona’s stunning basilica, Sagrada Familia.

For more information on the Plano Civic Chorus, email us at info@planocivicchorus.org.

 

 

 

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