IVSO recognizes Barbara Lukancic
OTTAWA — Barbara Lukancic was honored for her 50-year association with and dedication to the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra at the IVSO’s annual wine tasting event in May.
Lukancic has continuously demonstrated remarkable spirit and perseverance to further the IVSO going into her 50th season. In providing an everlasting tribute to her for her invaluable service, the IVSO will raise funds to endow the Principal Oboe Chair in her name. Donations and pledges collected as part of this campaign in her name will go to the IVSO Endowment Fund.
Music has always been a part of Lukancic’s life. Hearing her maternal grandfather, who had a one-man band and traveled the area to perform, hearing her father and grandfather talk about Maud Powell in 1949 on one of the first reel to reel tape recorders made at Eicore in Oglesby, listening to her sister’s beautiful voice as she starred in the LaSalle-Peru High School operettas and then went on to study voice, asking to play saxophone in seventh grade, then adding oboe as a freshman at L-P High School and eventually English horn. Her career choice led her to graduate from St. Francis School of Nursing and work as an assistant clinical instructor with the school. There she met and married Dr. Louis P. Lukancic. They spent the next two years in Marquette, Mich., in the U.S. Air Force where their two sons were born. After moving to Spring Valley, where her husband joined a medical practice, Barbara saw an opportunity to return to her instrumental playing because there was an orchestra in the area.
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