David Wickerham Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Christmas Special

Bidding Supports: Pittsburgh Mercy Health System (Wexford, PA)

Item Number
144
Value:
$50 USD
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Nov 12, 2019 8:00 PM EST  –  Bid Extension
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Two tickets to see David Wickerham Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Christmas Special, Sunday, December 15, 2:00 PM at Lincoln Hall. This is the perfect Holiday gift for those special people on your list – who will be honored to experience his music making inspired by the message of the Season. CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON as Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts proudly presents the keyboard artistry and improvisational genius of audience favorite DAVE WICKERHAM in his celebrated CHRISTMAS CONCERT.

No one makes the Lincoln Hall’s McKissick Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre organ sound more glorious, and, with his brilliant theatre organ arrangements and improvisation of audience requests, no one entertains our appreciative and enthusiastic audience better than Dave Wickerham!  This is truly world class theatre organ artistry from one of the kindest, gentlest and most generous souls… evidenced by the glow you will feel after having experienced his inspiring performance.  You will be ready for the holidays with the joy and spirit of this concert.

In the spring of 2000, Dave ushered in the new millennium with a limited special engagement, as a featured organist at “Roxy’s Pipe Organ Pizzeria”, part of a $26,000,000 expansion phase at the FIESTA Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wickerham’s, Dave, Rhonda, and now three great kids, spent a year and a half there before returning back home to Wisconsin in August of 2001. For the next three years, Dave resumed his position at the Piper Music Palace and was also the Principal Organist at Williams Bay Lutheran Church in Lake Geneva, WI. 

He enjoys concertizing frequently to many audiences including various chapters of the American Theatre Organ Society. In April of 1999, he took great pleasure being a feature artist in Melbourne, Australia for the convention of the Theatre Organ Society of Australia for which he received rave reviews. He returned “Down Under” for a six-week concert tour in Australia and New Zealand during the summer of 2003 and very recently has completed a similar tours concluding November of 2012 and in October/November of 2015. 

ARCA’s Wurlitzer contains seventeen ranks of pipes and is characterized by a balanced blend of unmistakeable Wurlitzer ‘sounds”.  Built in 1928 at the Wurlitzer Organ factory in North Tonawanda outside of Buffalo and numbered OPUS 1989, the organ originally was installed in Cleveland’s Uptown Theatre.  It was played for several years accompanying silent movies.  With the end of the silent film era it was subsequently purchased by Richard Wheeler, a Cleveland organist, and remained in his home until Wheeler passed.  Paul McKissick purchased it from the Haynes Company in North Canton, Ohio, where it had been in storage.

Named for Paul McKissick, who lovingly and painstakingly rebuilt the instrument over eleven years, in 1999 the restored Wulrtlizer was installed in McKissick’s garage at their home in Lake Latonka near Mercer, PA.  The organ became known as the Latona Pipes, and was played in annual benefits concerts to raise money for the DeBence Museum in Franklin.  Dr. Arthur and Patricia Steffee attended one of the concerts.  When Paul decided to downsize and was seeking a place for the Wurtlizer for the next generation, Dr. Arthur and Patricia Steffee, ARCA’s founders, purchased it to enhance the newly restored Lincoln Hall, on the second floor of the Foxburg Free Library.

Lincoln Hall
42 South Palmer Street
Foxburg, PA 16036

Special Instructions

If the item is not picked up, shipping and handling charges will apply. Item can be picked up at the Pittsburgh Mercy Development office located at 9983 Perry Highway, Suite 208, Wexford, PA 15090.