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📷 Students walking along Aj's Way
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.
Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez Violin
Rodrigo Ojeda Piano
Newly appointed concertmaster Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez showcases her virtuosity, musicality and diversity as she becomes only the second concertmaster in the 37-year history of the ECO. The official start to our 37th season as well as the inaugural event in our new “Joe Luckey Recital Series.” Hope to see you there!
Matthew Kraemer Conductor
Howard Lyon Violin
Jennifer Jansen Viola
David Graham Flute
Geoffrey Wands Clarinet
Brian Hannah Trumpet
Ron Stitt Trombone
Brad Amidon Percussion
Steve Weiser Marimba
Ruth Ann Scanzillo Piano
Lights! Camera! Action! Our silent film festival week kicks off with the CD release party for our Sounds of the Silents album. Funded 100% by you, our incredibly dedicated donor base, this album brings to life music that has not been seen or heard live in over 100 years from the legendary film composer J.S. Zamecnik. The first copies of this album will go on sale following this exciting recital!
Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez Violin
Harry Jacobson Bass
Glenn Einschlag Bassoon
With its crisp narrative — a soldier sells his violin (and thus his soul) to the Devil, fights to win it back, but ultimately loses it again — its dance-rich, jazz-influenced melodies; and its dramatic text, Stravinsky’s Masterpiece Histoire du Soldat (“The Soldier’s Tale”) offers abundant sonorous possibilities for all ages. Join members of the ECO for an intimate presentation of this classic story told within the lovely confines of the Episcopal Cathedral.
Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick Piano
Guest lecturer, pianist and neuroscience enthusiast Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick presents an in-depth look into the troubled and tortured minds of our most beloved composers; Brahms, Schumann, Beethoven and more. This chamber recital will feature various members of the ECO as well as a captivating multimedia presentation from Dr. Summa.