BUFFALO, NY – From the peaks of the Himalayas to the jungles of Southeast Asia, National Geographic staff have experienced the extremes of our planet in a way that few others have.
National Geographic photographers and explorers travel the globe to bring back powerful stories and images that inspire us to care about the planet and amaze us with their beauty. Three of these explorers come to Western New York in the National Geographic Live series at Kleinhans Music Hall next year. In dynamic and thought-provoking 90-minute presentations, they tell their stories complete with stunning photographs and video.
The series gets underway on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. with “On the Trail of Big Cats.” Photographer Steve Winter takes you around the globe, to locations mundane and exotic, sharing the beauty and majesty of our planet’s big cat species and his adventures in capturing them on film, from getting stuck in quicksand to mishaps with remote-controlled cameras.
On Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m., Hilaree O’Neill spins a tale of survival and danger in “Point of No Return.” In 2014, O’Neill led a harrowing first ascent to the summit of Myanmar’s Hkakabo Razi. Plagued by hypothermia and dwindling rations, the greatest danger they faced was the force of conflicting personalities within the group. O’Neill recounts the tough decisions she made to get the team through the expedition, accompanied by Cory Richards’ dramatic stills and clips from Renan Ozturk’s award-winning documentary film Down to Nothing.
Ami Vitale wraps up the series on Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. with “Rhinos, Rickshaws and Revolutions.” Vitale has worked in more than 90 countries in conditions rough and war-torn. She’s lived in a mud hut, she’s documented the war in Kosovo, and she’s even donned a panda suit, all in service of her ethos of “living the story.” She will share the incredible stories she’s gathered from every continent on the globe, as well as her photos.
Audiences across North America and beyond have experienced the excitement of a National Geographic Live presentation. Now, it’s Buffalo’s turn. With a 75-year history of providing the best in entertainment that inspires, Kleinhans Music Hall is the natural venue for these events.
Season tickets are available now. The cost is $40 for students and $95 for all others. A VIP experience is also available for $195 and includes guaranteed premium seating. Each event takes place in the Main Hall of Kleinhans Music Hall.
For tickets and information, contact the Kleinhans Music Hall box office at (716) 885-5000 or visit kleinhansbuffalo.org.