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    August 28, 2018
    Innovation + Leadership presents
    record-breaking astronaut and national hero

    with his book INFINITE WONDER: An Astronaut’s Photographs from a Year in Space

    See his photos of space, the International Space Station, and the unparalleled beauty of our home planet on the Historic Theater’s big screen
    Sunday, November 4, at 7:00pm
    Tickets on sale Saturday!

    “Captivating, charming… [Kelly] pulls back the curtain separating the myth of the astronaut from its human realities.”
    —Jaroslav Kalfar, New York Times Book Review

    “Kelly brings life in space alive—the wonder and awe of it.”
    —Financial Times

    Portsmouth, NH, August 27, 2018 - Record-breaking astronaut, national hero, and bestselling author of Endurance Scott Kelly comes to The Music Hall as part of its Innovation + Leadership series on Sunday, November 4. On the big screen in the Historic Theater, Scott will share awe-inspiring photos from his book INFINITE WONDER documenting his year in space. He will also discuss his remarkable experience as shared in his memoir, Endurance.  
    The 7pm event in The Music Hall’s Historic Theater in downtown Portsmouth, NH features an audiovisual presentation by the author and moderated Q&A with the audience. The ticket package includes a signed copy of INFINITE WONDER. Audience members who additionally purchase Endurance can meet the astronaut at a post-show reception to have their books personalized.
    “This will be an unforgettable evening,” said Patricia Lynch, The Music Hall’s Executive Director and the evening’s moderator. “We are so honored to welcome Scott Kelly, an astronaut like no other, with his dazzling photographs and stories of our beautiful earth and endless space. His images and words should be truly inspirational—for all ages.”  
    One’s perspective shifts after living for an entire year—as Commander Scott Kelly, and no other American astronaut in history, has—in the isolating, grueling, and utterly unforgiving vacuum of space. Kelly’s photos prove that this perspective—from 250 miles above earth—while hard-won, is also almost unspeakably beautiful. To achieve his gorgeous images, Kelly mastered the rare art of microgravity photography. Using a Nikon D4 with a long 800mm lens and a 1.4x magnifying zoom lens, he panned the camera as the shutter released in order to compensate for the space station’s velocity: 17,500 mph relative to the earth.

    Kelly’s artist’s eye helped make him a social media sensation, and in INFINITE WONDER, his photos are collected alongside his own commentary, setting the images in their proper contexts, human and cosmic. Kelly captures sunsets, moonrises, the aurora borealis, and the luminous, hazy tapestry of the Milky Way. He presents snapshots of life and work on the International Space Station, from spacewalks to selfies. But above all—or floating amid all—he takes the earth itself as his celestial muse. Here are hurricanes, wrinkled mountains, New York City shining like a galaxy—glorious photographs that are, in themselves, a passionate argument for the preservation of our planet in the face of climate change and environmental destruction.

    Scott Kelly is a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and NASA astronaut. Kelly retired from the Navy at the rank of captain after twenty-five years of service. A veteran of four space flights, Kelly commanded the space shuttle Endeavour in 2007 and twice commanded the International Space Station. He has logged more than 520 days in space on four space flights and currently holds the records for total time in space and for single-mission endurance by a U.S. astronaut. Kelly spent 340 consecutive days in space, launching in March 2015 and returning home in March 2016. He currently resides in Houston, Texas.

    Tickets for Innovation + Leadership: Scott Kelly: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery on Sunday, November 4, at 7:00pm are $13.75 and go on sale Saturday, September 1. For each 1-2 tickets sold, the purchase of a book voucher ($40 hardcover) is required. Vouchers can be redeemed on the event night for signed copies of INFINITE WONDER: An Astronaut’s Photographs from a Year in Space. Purchase an additional voucher for Kelly’s memoir, Endurance ($16.95 paperback), and meet the author post-show backstage, where he will be personalizing books. All seats are General Admission. Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.

    For further information, or to request an author interview, please contact: Margaret Talcott, Producer, The Music Hall, at mtalcott@themusichall.org or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer, at plynch@themusichall.org

    For images, please see: https://goo.gl/photos/UENT8hSiMjZnrTWt5

    About Innovation + Leadership
    In this Age of Participation, The Music Hall has expanded its programming to focus on issues critical to our time. The Innovation + Leadership series was first launched nearly five years ago to serve our local business community, bringing together the best and the brightest in technology. The series has since broadened to showcase opinion leaders, authors, and all variety of educators, and to serve audiences from a tri-state region and beyond – all who are interested in bettering the worlds they live in, at work and at home, locally and around the world. These lively and informative conversations feature experts in their field, sharing experiences and providing participants with practical tools for making meaningful advances in their lives. From demonstrations in the art of all things digital to special forums featuring regional and global leaders in sustainability, from book discussion-demonstrations on the positive effect of meditation to awareness-raising events led by today’s champions in philanthropy, feminism, and family matters, each Innovation + Leadership event is memorable and impactful. The Music Hall is committed to community building and personal flourishing. Our Innovation + Leadership series delivers on that commitment.

    Presenting Sponsor: ALNOBA

    Season Sponsors: Carey & Giampa Realtors; Portwalk Place; The River House restaurant

    Contributing Partner: University of New Hampshire

    Praise for Scott Kelly’s memoir ENDURANCE

    “Kelly’s account is insightful, at times humorous, heart-tugging at others. And it’s inspiring enough to change the life of some lost kid, just like The Right Stuff did for him.”USA Today

    “For space junkies, it’s absolutely required reading. . . . We feel as though we’re right there with him. A great book.”—Booklist

    “Scott Kelly’s saga is a deeply absorbing and vivid look at a year in space and the many trials and rigors of living weightless inside a football field-sized machine traveling at 17,000 miles per hour. But Endurance satisfies far more than the reader’s technological curiosities; it is replete with humor, thrills, surreal details, and recurring moments of ordinary humanity that turn Kelly’s tale into a loving tribute to the pioneering individuals who risk all to shepherd man’s exploration of the vast beyond.”—Khaled Hosseini, author of And the Mountains Echoed

    “Read this book and you will believe in our American future, thrill at our human potential, and laugh at the absurdities of life. Endurance is about excellence and perspective, a memorable read.”—Senator Bill Bradley

    “This isn’t your usual astronaut’s memoir.”—Philadelphia Tribune

    “Scott Kelly’s book is as close as I and most everyone else on Earth will ever get to experiencing the fascinating, complex, almost preposterously dangerous business of going into space. When I closed the covers, I felt like I had been out there. Endurance is an utterly gripping book that can stand comfortably in the company of Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff.”—Charles C. Mann, author of 1491

    “Scott Kelly’s memoir of his year in space and all that preceded it is the real thing—honest, dramatic, illuminating, and simply riveting. With clear, compelling writing, he reveals the nature of space exploration, the current state of the space program, and the raw experience of leaving Earth as has no other book.”—T.J. Stiles, author of Custer’s Trials

    “[Endurance] is a memoir of the right stuff that will hypnotize any space geek.”Wall Street Journal
    “Captivating, charming… [Kelly] pulls back the curtain separating the myth of the astronaut from its human realities… It is easy to imagine future generations of explorers and daredevils harnessing the lessons and truths within the pages of Endurance as the blueprints for their own trips into the unknown.”—Jaroslav Kalfar, New York Times Book Review

    “Kelly brings life in space alive—the wonder and awe of it, and also the jagged edges, the rough parts of living in confined quarters in an alien element, far from everything familiar and beloved… Endurance, with its honest, gritty descriptions of an unimaginable life, a year off Earth, is as close as most readers will come to making that voyage themselves.”—Financial Times

    About The Music Hall
    The Music Hall is an active and vital cultural center in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, dedicated to the advancement of the tri-state region’s cultural life through the performing arts, literature, and education. A community-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it presents entertainment from around the world and around the corner—the greatest musicians, writers, and performers of the time, extraordinary films, and award-winning documentaries. Its 600 yearly events delight an annual audience of 130,000 (including 20,000 children) in two theaters—an 1878 Victorian-era Historic Theater and the modern and intimate Loft space. The Music Hall was recently named Editors’ Choice “Best All-Around Entertainment” by Yankee Magazine and is a designated “American Treasure for the Arts.” Through innovative community partnerships, it subsidizes thousands of tickets each year to make the arts accessible to all. The Music Hall is community-oriented and committed to helping the Seacoast region flourish.

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