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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.
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
David Graham Flute
Harry Jacobson Bass
Brad Amidon Percussion
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.