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    May 09, 2017
    The Music Hall’s
    presents the legendary rock climber
    with his inspiring memoir
    A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk,
    and Going Beyond Limits
    Guest Moderator: Climber Alexis Hahalis
    Friday, May 19, 7pm
    As heard on NPR’s Weekend Edition
    World-Renowned Rock Climber On Constantly Pushing The Limits ...
    THE PUSH is the most insightful book about climbing I’ve ever read….captivating and unfailingly honest.”Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild and Into Thin Air
    “Climbers will inhale Caldwell’s book and want more; adventure readers will love [it]….even if they are new to the sport.”Kirkus Review(starred)
    What:  Legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell comes to town to discuss his recently-released memoir, THE PUSH: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits. The book chronicles his exhilarating and odds-defying journey to becoming the first person to free-climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite’s El Capitan and one of the world’s greatest athletes. In the vein of adventure memoirs (such as Cheryl Strayed’s Wild) and fascinating sports narratives (such as Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run), THE PUSH is an arresting account of navigating challenges, testing limits, and following your passionand a powerful reminder of the extraordinary potential we all hold within us.
    When/Where:             Friday, May 19, 2017 - 7:00pm
                                  The Music Hall Historic Loft
                                        131 Congress Street
                                        Portsmouth, NH 03801
    Tickets: The ticket package for Writers in the Loft: Tommy Caldwell, on Friday, May 19 at 7pm, is $41 ($39, members). In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a copy of THE PUSH: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits ($27, hardcover), a bar beverage, and book signing meet-and-greet. 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.
    About the Author: Tommy Caldwell grew up in Colorado. He has made dozens of notable ascents, and many consider him the best all-around rock climber in the world. In 2014 he was chosen as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year, and in 2015 the American Alpine Club awarded him Lifetime Honorary Membership, its highest honor. Caldwell, a frequent contributor to Alpinist, Climbing, and Rock and Ice magazines, lives in the town where he first learned to climb, Estes Park, Colorado, with his wife and their son and daughter.
    About the Moderator: Alexis Hahalis is a passionate rock climber and has climbed all across New Hampshire, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Kentucky and Colorado. Two of her most memorable ascents were "The Edge of Time" in Estes Park, Colorado, and "Olive Oil" in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. She is a graduate of Temple University, where she studied Tourism and Hospitality Management. Alexis began her career in Santa Cruz and Berkeley, California; she is is now Membership Coordinator at The Music Hall. She and her husband live on the Seacoast, where they enjoy NH's natural splendors with their four-year-old Boston Terrier, Nixon.  
    About Innovation and Leadership
    In this Age of Participation, The Music Hall has expanded its programming to focus on issues critical to our time. The Innovation and 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 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 and Leadership event is memorable and impactful.  The Music Hall is committed to community building and personal flourishing. Our Innovation and Leadership series delivers on that commitment.
    Presenting Sponsor: ALNÔBA
    Series Sponsor: Veris Wealth Partners
    Evening Sponsor: Maine Lobster Outlet
    Season Sponsors: Carey & Giampa Realtors; Portwalk Place; The River House restaurant
    Contributing Partner: The University of New Hampshire
    About the Music Hall
    The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America's Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.
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    “The beating cultural heart of New Hampshire's seacoast” - Boston Globe
    For more information, contact:
    Margaret Talcott, Producer
    The Music Hall                                                                            
    or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer
    “If you want to be inspired by a great leader, if you want to feel what it takes to do what no one thought possible, if you want to be absorbed by a heroic Journey—Tommy Caldwell’s story is one of the best you could ever hope to find. Here, in his own words, you get more than just a climbing adventure, you get inside the view of how a person can endure crushing setbacks and persist to fulfill a spectacular vision. And in sharing his story, he has become a teacher to us all.”—Jim Collins, author of Good to Great
    The Push is the most insightful book about climbing I’ve ever read, and quite possibly the most enjoyable. Whether Caldwell is explaining his astounding feats on vertical terrain, or the agony of trying to sustain a doomed relationship, or the merits of what he calls ‘elective suffering,’ the writing is consistently captivating and unfailingly honest.”Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild and Into Thin Air

    “Yes, Tommy Caldwell is a badass, but he is no different than you or I. I’ve always been interested in how people do the impossible. This isn’t just a book about climbing, it’s about laser sharp focus in all aspects of life. Tommy’s story provides insight how we can all push a little further and a little higher.”—Scott Jurek, ultramarathon champion, author of Eat & Run
    Margaret Talcott, Producer