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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to open in Kansas City September 16, 2011
Kansas City, MO, May 5, 2011 – The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a major new center for music, opera, theater, and dance, will open in downtown Kansas City, Missouri on September 16, 2011. The Kauffman Center will present a wide range of entertainers and performances from around the world, including classical, pop, and jazz music, ballet and contemporary dance, Broadway productions, comedy shows, and more. In addition, the Kauffman Center will serve as the performance home of three of the region’s leading performing arts organizations—Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
The Kauffman Center will further advance the role of the arts as a catalyst for the educational, civic, and economic vitality of Kansas City. When it opens, the Center will be one of the most technically and architecturally advanced performing arts centers in the nation, allowing its resident companies and presenters to stage more sophisticated work, encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, and foster the cross-fertilization of audiences. Designed by Moshe Safdie, the 285,000-square-foot facility will include two stand-alone halls—the 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre and the 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall—both housed within a dramatic overarching shell featuring a glass roof and glass walls that provide sweeping views of Kansas City.
“The creation of the Kauffman Center will provide our outstanding performing arts organizations and audiences with the premier facilities they deserve, while at the same time presenting performers from around the world to the region,” said Jane Chu, President and CEO of the Kauffman Center. “It will further establish Kansas City as a dynamic destination for the arts, energizing the development of downtown and enriching the lives of all who live, work, and visit the city.”
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