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📷 Clock by the Gannon Arch
Joe Luckey was born in Alabama on New Years Eve 1928. After seven years in an orphanage there, he was transferred to the Sisters of St. Joseph Orphanage in Erie. Joe enjoyed six years there before moving in with his mother and grandparents in Sharon, Pennsylvania. He then spent three years in the service as an assistant to an Army Chaplain. After one year working at Erie’s General Electric, he enrolled at Gannon College in 1952. After one year his funds ran low and Fr. Nash and Dr. Wherle asked Joe to become the college’s maintenance man.
Since 1953, he has worked full-time in the maintenance department, has lived in 15 different locations on campus, and has assisted Gannon community members in a variety of ways. There are few Gannon alumni who don't know Joe (or whom Joe doesn't know!). He has serenaded students, faculty, and visitors with his songs from the 30s and 40s, amazingly knowing all the words to the songs, welcomed new, homesick students, and build stages and booths for student events. And for more than thirty years, Christmastime at Gannon has meant seeing Joe Luckey dressed up as Santa Claus, spreading cheer and goodwill to all.
Alumni from the 60s and 70s remember Joe for his famous theater pipe organ, which he bought from the old Shea Theater in 1968 and spent several years and several thousand dollars fixing and restoring before he donated the organ to Gannon in 1976. Joe has remained a major force in the national theater organ community for over thirty years. He was instrumental in the founding of the Erie Theater Organ Society and currently serves as president.
In 2000, Joe was honored with the Archbishop Gannon Medal of Distinction and in 2003, he established the Joe Luckey Seminarian Endowed Scholarship.
Joe has a half sister, Lynne Adams, and her husband Don, in California, and a special relationship with the Henry Langmyer ’55 family.
David Kim Violin
Our exciting 2015-2016 season launches with the return performance of David Kim, Concertmaster of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, presenting a show entitled “From Prodigy to Professional - A life in music." Please join us as David describes his experiences and struggles to reach the pinnacle of his career. Interspersed with performances of some of David's favorite works, this is a humorous, sometimes jarring, and often poignant story not to be missed.
Matthew Kraemer ViolinMaureen Conlon ViolinElisa Kohanski CelloBecky Billock Piano
Other personnel TBA
Erich Korngold String QuartetEric Zeisl Piano Suite in b minorFranz Waxman Cafe Waltzes
Join Maestro Kraemer and special guests as we launch our monthlong look into music from the golden age of film composers. Featuring a performance by ECO Concertmaster Maureen Conlon's group Trio Nova Mundi.
Edward Pleasant Baritone Jean Snyder SpeakerSharon Downey Choir DirectorCathedral Singers of St. Paul
The third Joe Luckey Recital of the season kicks off our weeklong festival focusing on the music of Harry T. Burleigh and his connection to composer Antonin Dvorak. Crowd favorite Edward Pleasant, baritone, returns to perform alongside local artists helping to celebrate the legacy of one of Erie’s most favorite sons. Music featured will include selections from Burleigh, Dvorak and more!
More exciting events to be scheduled during this festival week – stay tuned to our website for all details.
Maureen Conlon Violin David Graham FluteBeth Etter HarpsichordDeven Shah Piano
The final Joe Luckey Recital event of the season features none other than our own ECO members. Join keyboardist Beth Etter, Concertmaster Maureen Conlon, Principal Flute David Graham and special guests for this showcase event of our own illustrious musicians. Pianist Deven Shah makes his return performance with the ECO as well as we highlight the abundance of talent living right here in Erie.