Wednesday, April 9 at 7p.m. (Doors opening at 6:30 p.m.) Lubeznik Center for the Arts in cooperation with Purdue University North Central Department of English and Modern Languages presents singer/songwriter Ronny Cox. Tickets can be purchased at LCA, over the phone at 219.874.4900, or online at www.lubeznikcenter.org. Ticket prices are $15 for LCA members, $20 for non-members. Seating is limited.
Join us for an intimate performance with Ronny Cox. Best known for his dueling banjo performance in "Deliverance". Cox has acted in over 125 films and television shows that include blockbuster films such as "Beverly Hills", "Total Recall", and "RoboCob". His television career includes sci-fi hits such as "Stargate" and two episodes as the captain of the ship on "Star Trek: The Next Generation". Although, he is often recognized for his acting career, Cox has been playing music and writing stories for over four decades. The actor turned his focus to music with his first album self-titled, "Ronny Cox" with Mercury Records in Nashville that debuted in 1993. Since then Ronny has released several albums. His most recent album, "Songs...with Repercussions" was influenced by the death of his wife, Mary, whom he had met at age 14. He confesses on his website that he dealt with the loss of his wife through music. The album went on to the #1 spot of the Folk DJ list in the summer of 2009. Cox says, "The truly great thing about music is that it's like a double-edged sword. Songs can be frivolous or sad but they can trigger an almost overwhelming emotion... immediately. What I have found is that if I open up to my audience, they not only accept that, they also help me get through it. It is that sharing... of silliness, or sadness... or mutual understanding that I find to be very compelling."
LCA's opportunity to host the actor/musician has been possible with the help of Purdue University North Central professor, Jerry Holt. Holt, taught "Narrative Fiction" last fall at PNC. Holt chose the novel "Deliverance" by James Dickey, who also wrote the screenplay for the 1972 film, as one of the readings for the course. Holt decided to locate Cox on Facebook and asked if he would be interested in speaking to his class via telephone. Surprisingly, Cox agreed, and mesmerized Holt's class for an hour and a half. After learning that Cox traveled with his band, Holt contacted LCA. The result is this co-sponsored event taking place April 9. Holt states that, "I have NEVER met anyone in the business who is as gracious and warmly human as Ronny Cox." This is not an evening to be missed.
"...he is a study in easygoing amiability and unforced charisma. He charms crowds with self-teasing humor, tart progressive insight, and a lulling Southwestern folk sound...." - Scott Alarik, Boston Globe
Lubeznik Center for the Arts is located at 101 W. 2nd St., at the lakefront in Michigan City, IN. Several galleries and the Gallery Shop are currently closed due to construction, but will resume normal hours Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 4:00pm on March 8. For more information please visit www.lubeznikcenter.org or call 219-874-4900. All times are based on Central Daylight Savings time.