Brian Skerry: Secrets of the Whales

Sun May 15 - Mon May 16, 2022
Brian Skerry: Secrets of the Whales

Arts Commons Presents
National Geographic Live  
Jack Singer Concert Hall
Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 PM &
Monday, 
May 16, 2022 at 7:00 PM

Brian Skerry: Secrets of the Whales

Celebrated National Geographic Explorer and photographer Brian Skerry has spent nearly four decades exploring and documenting the world’s oceans. For his latest project, he turns his lens to one of the world’s most beloved animals to illuminate groundbreaking new insights into their lives and culture. Skerry spent more than two years in 24 locations around the world capturing remarkable images and video for a landmark National Geographic book, magazine story, and television series, Secrets of the Whales.

Hear his behind-the-scenes stories straight from the field and get an inside look at the groundbreaking science of whale culture—and its startlingly human parallels—across four different species. Discover the hunting techniques and international cuisines of orca pods and the multi-generational childcare systems and female-led families of sperm whales. Explore the culture of singing competitions among humpback whales and meet charming beluga whales in Canada that journey each summer to their “vacation resort.” Through Skerry’s mesmerizing work, uncover what these majestic creatures can teach us about ourselves and our planet. 

Learn about these fascinating mammals from the legendary National Geographic photographer himself, live and in-person, as Arts Commons Presents and National Geographic Live bring Brian Skerry: Secrets of the Whales to Calgary fans. 


“We are working in an alien environment. You have to wear life-support equipment when you go into the ocean, or you have to hold your breath to get close to these animals. I can only stay underwater as long as the air supply on my back will last. And then I have to get very close. Even in the clearest of water, you can’t use one of those telephoto lenses; it’s just not possible. So I have to get within a couple meters of my subject, and it really comes down to the animals. They have to allow me into their world.” - Brian Skerry 


Part of the National Geographic Live series presented by Arts Commons Presents.

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 Stage, 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 to National Geographic Live speakers, wedding dinners on the stage to 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 full replacement of all of its seats, in 2017.

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