Standing at the Water's Edge with marine biologist and photographer Cristina Mittermeier

Sun April 22 - Mon April 23, 2018
Standing at the Water's Edge with marine biologist and photographer Cristina Mittermeier

Arts Commons Presents
National Geographic Live

Standing at the Water’s Edge with marine biologist and photographer Cristina Mittermeier

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2:00pm
Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7:00pm
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall

Photojournalist Cristina Mittermeier knows the power of water: the power to give life when it is respected, and the power to destroy when it is misused. During her time with the Kayapo people in the Amazon, she documented a society that relied on their local waterway to survive—and found their way of life threatened by a massive new dam. In British Columbia, she found First Nations fighting to protect their sacred headwaters, in the far North, Inuit peoples adapting to a rapidly changing world, and in Hawaii, a new community of indigenous peoples seeking to reclaim their connection to the sea. She learned that one concept bound these disparate communities together: “Enoughness,” or taking only that which you need. Join Meittermeier as she shares her stunning photography and powerful stories of people living on the razor’s edge between the industrialized world, and the pockets of wilderness still left.

The Sunday, April 22 presentation of National Geographic Live will be a very special one, as Arts Commons will be hosting American Sign Language interpreters to translate Cristina Mittermeier’s presentation for our deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons.

So when you see the interpreter off to the side of the stage, know that they’re making it possible for more people to learn and be inspired by National Geographic Live!

If you or a family member are deaf or hard-of-hearing and wish to attend this special presentation, please enter promo code NGASLU above and click “Submit” to access the best seats for viewing the interpreter and visiting Explorer.


Part of the National Geographic Live series.


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The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Music, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED talks and National Geographic speakers, to wedding dinners on the stage and rock stars on tour.

Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception 
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep. 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats

Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.

Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the future replacement of all of its seats to be completed by fall 2017.

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