USS Lexington Big Band Tickets
The USS Lexington Big Band – The 2016 Tour
The USS Lexington Big Band Orchestra will once again perform at the Annual Stage Door Canteen on the USS Lexington. This is your only chance to hear the USS Lexington Big Band all year! They will be blowing the roof off of the house for this February 2016 gala, which will be based on the canteen shows of World War II by famous entertainers for men and women stationed abroad. Whether they are playing swing classics or bluesy grooves, the USS Lexington Big Band Orchestra will deliver a night of music you will never forget. Get your tickets today!
About the USS Lexington Big Band
The 23rd Annual Stage Door Canteen will be held in the USS Lexington Museum this February. The upcoming celebration commemorates the 73rd anniversary of the commission of the USS Lexington CV-16. This year's event will be modeled on the World War II canteen shows when celebrated entertainers traveled the globe to perform for service men and women stationed far from home. Headlining the legendary cast is the USS Lexington Big Band Orchestra. Renowned vocalist Flick Rahn rounds out the top billing, with local talents Christine Skinner, Carla Gardiner, Geri Elliff, Scott Plant, and Jason Armstrong contributing to the festivities. The Annual Stage Door Canteen is a magical night of nostalgia, and has completely sold out for the last 22 years.
As a child, renowned vocalist Flicka Rahn would tug on the pants of visitors in her home and inquire politely, "Can I sing for you?" Rahn's parents helped to establish the Corpus Christi Symphony, and she is an associate professor of voice at the Island University. A soprano, she has sung major operatic roles, such as La Bohème's Musetta and the title role in Carmen. She has performed with the Wagner International Society in New York, the San Antonio Opera, the Minnesota Grand Opera, and the Boston Concert Opera. She has appeared on oratorio stages all over the United States. Her beautiful vocals have filled concert halls in Spain, South America, and Mexico, and she has performed for the president of Belize in a fundraiser for the construction of a girls' school. In 1988, she arrived at the Island University (then known as Corpus Christi State University). She has been on the faculties of Incarnate Word College and Brandeis University. She is one half of the Friedberg/Rahn duo with author and pianist Ruth Friedberg. Rahn is also a touring member of Viva Voce, a tenor/soprano duo. Rahn loves her students and is dedicated in her guidance, helping them to achieve their dreams.
The USS Lexington is a priceless national treasure. She played a major role in the U.S. defense for almost five decades. Her record in World War II is among the most impressive. With her, Americans died defending the nation's freedom. Needless to say, the USS Lexington is a memorial worth saving. Today, she continues her service to the country as an educational facility and museum.
In the '80s, the United States Navy realized that keeping its sole remaining Essex Class aircraft carrier was increasingly expensive. The USS Lexington had to be replaced with a more modern vessel. In August of 1990, it was announced that the USS Lexington would be replaced by the USS Forrestal as the Navy's main training carrier.
Because Corpus Christi has a long and legendary history with naval aviation, the area's Economic Development Commission established a task force of noted community leaders, called Landing Force 16, to get the so-called "Blue Ghost" to the municipality. Landing Force 16 established a tireless fundraising campaign and nurtured the support of the community. In addition, the Corpus Christi City Council issued a bond sale of $3 million to finance the initiative. In August of 1991, the task force presented the city's proposal of the Secretary of the Navy. Although there was stiff competition from a number of other communities, the support of the Corpus Christi community at large was what won Landing Force 16 the USS Lexington.
In January of 1992, the USS Lexington docked at Naval Station Ingleside and was made a permanent resident of Texas. In June of that year, the U.S. Navy officially signed her over to Corpus Christi officials, and she was towed to North Beach. The ship was open to the public by October, and on the 14th of November, she was dedicated in a ceremony attended by city, state, and federal representatives, as well as members of several veterans' organizations and former crew members.
From her very first day in operation as a naval aviation educational facility and museum, the USS Lexington has been completely self-sufficient. The facility has never needed funds from federal, state, or local government agencies. The USS Lexington has operated only on revenues secured from special events, ship's store sales, admissions, donations, grants, and the overnight youth program. These funds have taken care of all the expenses of maintaining and operating the ship, as well as the funding of capital improvements.
The USS Lexington Annual Stage Door Canteen has sold out for each and every event since its inaugural celebration 23 years ago! Local celebrities Jason Armstrong, Scott Plant, Christine Skinner, Geri Elliff, and Flicka Rahn have been regular acts for this show, with the USS Lexington Big Band Orchestra providing the highlight of the evening's entertainment. The 2016 Annual Stage Door Canteen is sure to be another hit, so don't miss out!
In August of 1980, the USS Lexington became the first naval aviation vessel in the history of the U.S. Navy to have women on board as crew members.
The USS Lexington Big Band Concert Experience
Full of all the swing and style of a World War II-era act, the USS Lexington Big Band Orchestra is all set to deliver an unforgettable night of music at the 23rd USS Lexington Annual Stage Door Canteen! The band has been the piece de resistance of this gala for decades, along with supporting artists Flicka Rahn, Geri Elliff, Christine Skinner, Scott Plant, and Jason Armstrong. There is no better way to show your support for the Corpus Christi community and the USS Lexington Museum than by coming out to the Annual Canteen Door gala!
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