|"The Voice" coming to Centre
Actor James Earl Jones to speak Feb. 15
RELEASED: Jan. 30, 2003
DANVILLE, KYMovie star, narrator and lecturer James Earl Jones will speak at Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts and take part in other events Feb. 15 as part of a community Black History Month celebration. Jones' address will deal with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other topics.
"Everywhere I go I tell people that "The Voice" is coming," says J.H. Atkins, assistant vice president and associate professor of education at Centre. "This will be an extraordinary event."
Jones' visit is part of a month-long schedule of events leading up to Danville's 10th annual Heritage Festival. The Heritage Festival, a multicultural event, will be held Feb. 28-March 2.
The acclaimed actor has appeared in such smash-hit movies as A Field of Dreams, Patriot Games, Coming to America and The Hunt for Red October. Aside from starring in dozens of movies, he has appeared in television shows and in Broadway productions and published a critically acclaimed book, James Earl Jones: Voices and Silences, in 1997.
But Jones is possibly best known for his distinctive voice that can be heard in commercials and as the voice for CNN. He is also the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars trilogy.
Before the 8 p.m. program, Centre will present Jones with the honorary degree doctor of humane letters.
"We are extremely excited and honored to have James Earl Jones visit Centre College and Boyle County," said Centre president John Roush.
Tickets are currently on sale. The one-day visit by Jones includes a 5 p.m. dinner at Cowan Dining Commons, the lecture at the Norton Center's Newlin Hall at 8 p.m. and a private reception that follows in the Norton Center Board Room.
A premium ticket, which includes all three events, is on sale for $100. This ticket also includes Orchestra Cabaret seating. Tickets for the dinner and lecture are $35, and a ticket for the lecture only is $20.
Tickets are available through the Norton Center box office by calling (859) 236-4692 or toll-free at (877) 448-7469. Box office hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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