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May 10, 2017



CLIMBER AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER DESCENDS ON JONES HALL TO SHARE ANECDOTES FROM HIS DARING EXPEDITIONS AROUND THE WORLD

HOUSTON (May 10, 2017) – The Houston Symphony and National Geographic Live present Climbing Dreams, the last event in a dynamic four-part speaker series featuring some of the world’s most fascinating explorers, scientists, filmmakers and adventurers. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Jones Hall.

The evening’s featured speaker, climber and National Geographic Explorer Mike Libecki, will take audiences on a thrilling journey, sharing captivating stories about the secluded and unique places, people and experiences he has embraced from his expeditions to climb the most remote and exotic locations on the planet.

Named Men’s Journal 25 Most Adventurous Men of the Past 25 Years, Libecki has completed over 60 expeditions and has made first ascents on all seven continents in places like Afghanistan, Antarctica, Baffin Island, Guyana, Greenland, China, Madagascar, Kyrgysztan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Venezuela, Yemen, Indonesia, Africa and many islands around the globe.

In 2013, Libecki was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and was featured in the magazine’s cover story, “Untamed Antarctica,” for his treacherous and unprecedented summit of Bertha’s Tower in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica.

Libecki is the recipient of countless grants and awards for his pioneering feats in climbing and exploration, including two Shipton-Tilman Grants from GORE-TEX®, four Mugs Stump Awards, and two Helly Hansen Awards from the American Alpine Club.

This event will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.

National Geographic Live is the live events division of the National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in 32 cities around the world, including, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Singapore and Sydney. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. For more information, visit natgeolive.com.

ABOUT THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY
During the 2016-17 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its third season with Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $33.9 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians and 4 community-embedded musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances for 400,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.

MEDIA CONTACTS:           

Vanessa Astros: (713) 337-8560,
vanessa.astros@houstonsymphony.org     

Kristen Bennett: (713) 337-8557,
kristen.bennett@houstonsymphony.org

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