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Acclaimed 'National Geographic Live' speaker series returns to Kleinhans Music Hall


Tue, Nov 19th 2019 04:10 pm

New insights abound as leading explorers share drama, imagery & cinematography of world’s most remote places

The “National Geographic Live” speaker series will once again return to Kleinhans Music Hall, with two more enlightening perspectives on the world.

This year’s series will take place in the intimate Mary Seaton Room, providing an up-close-and-personal experience with some of the world’s leading explorers. Audiences will have the chance to hear directly from these renowned experts – cinematographer Bob Poole and primatologist Mireya Mayor – who contribute to the award-winning magazine, television channel, and every other platform where National Geographic has a presence.

Both “National Geographic Live” events will take place at 7 p.m. The following is the 2020 speaker series lineup:

“Bob Poole: Nature Roars Back”; 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10: Emmy-winner Bob Poole’s extensive credits include well over 100 films and more than 35 projects for National Geographic. A childhood in Kenya, where his dad was director of the Peace Corp and an honorary warden of Tanzania National Parks, gave Poole a fierce curiosity about the natural world, as well as an adventurous spirit. Poole’s passion for wildlife conservation has taken him to some of the African continent’s most remote locations. His relationship with National Geographic began as a teenager while working on a film about elephants. With a university degree in science, he became a cinematographer for National Geographic starting with a film about his sister, renowned elephant zoologist Dr. Joyce Poole. Now an Emmy Award-winning director of photography, Poole films both people and wildlife. His extensive credit list includes documentaries for PBS, BBC, Discovery, and over 40 projects with National Geographic. He is a Fellow of the Explorers Club.

“Mireya Mayor: Pink Boots and a Machete”; 7 p.m. Monday, April 20: Mireya Mayor is known for exploring the most remote regions of the earth in search of elusive, rare and little-known animals. A former NFL cheerleader and daughter of Cuban immigrants who grew up in Miami, she followed her lifelong dreams to become a respected primatologist, audacious explorer, and Emmy Award-nominated wildlife correspondent for the National Geographic Channel. Her explorations have led to several scientific discoveries, most notably her co-discovery in Madagascar of the world’s smallest primate, a brand new species to science. Mayor will discuss how her adventures have taken her – armed with little more than a backpack, notebooks and hiking boots – to some of the wildest and most remote places on earth. She’s survived poisonous insect bites, been charged by gorillas and chased by elephants, and keeps going back for more. She is a National Science Foundation Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, and a National Geographic Explorer. 

Commenting on the “National Geographic Live” speaker series, Kleinhans Music Hall Director Daniel Hart said, “We are thrilled to once again provide Buffalo audiences a chance to hear such captivating stories and experience beautiful images and video from remarkable experts in their field. National Geographic always does an incredible job putting together a lineup of must-see speakers, and this year will be no exception.”

Tickets to the “National Geographic Live” speaker series at Kleinhans Music Hall go on sale Saturday. Pricing is $75 for a VIP experience that includes reserved seating and an invitation to a pre-event reception with the speakers; $35 for general admission; $15 for students. A two-event package is available for $140 VIP; $60 general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets or a package, call 716-885-5000, visit kleinhansbuffalo.org, or stop by the Kleinhans box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

The “National Geographic Live” speaker series at Kleinhans Music Hall is sponsored by Hadley Exhibits. The series is online at www.nationalgeographic.com/events/nat-geo-live.

For more information on the venue, visit www.kleinhansbuffalo.org.

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