The Beginning of Us @ Benaroya Hall

Journey into the Cave of Bones 💀

📸: Courtesy National Geographic

📆 Sunday, October 1st – Tuesday, October 3rd
📍 Benaroya Hall: 200 University St, Seattle
🎟️ Individual tickets: $36 – $50

We are fast approaching October, aka “Spooky Season,” and pretty soon we’ll be contemplating all manner of ghouls, ghosts, vampires, haunted houses, or perhaps more day-to-day horrors like speaking in public, the vastness of space or the ocean, and much, much more. We think this horror, however, deserves a spot at the top of that list: spelunking, the exploration of wild cave systems for fun. For some people, though, spelunking is just part of the job, and for National Geographic Explorer and paleoanthropologist Lee Berger, it led to some incredible discoveries—and questions—about the origins of humanity.

For the first three days of October, he’ll grace Benaroya Hall as part of Seattle Symphony’s National Geographic Speaker Series to present The Beginning of Us, a deep dive into his and his team’s findings in the “Cave of Bones” in South Africa. The findings? Over 1,500 bone fragments from a new hominid species that made tools, art, and even buried its dead. According to Berger, the behaviors of this species, Homo naledi, begs the question, “What does it mean to be human?” Prepare to explore that question with Berger in this BTS story accompanied by footage and photos from National Geographic.

Benaroya Hall, the home of the Seattle Symphony, is located in downtown Seattle. Opened in 1998, the hall is renowned for its pristine acoustics, luxurious design, and prime location.

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