Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City is taking shape Print
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The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a new center for music, opera, theater, and dance set to open in downtown Kansas City, Missouri in September 2011. We received an aerial view of the project, and it looks impressive.
Kauffman Center under constuction
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Designed by Moshe Safdie, the $326 Million the Center will present a wide spectrum 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 be home the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Model of Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Helzberg Hall interior
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The Kauffman Center intends to further advance the role of the arts as a catalyst for the social, educational, 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.

The 285,000-square-foot facility will include two separate halls—the 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall and the 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre—both housed within a dramatic overarching shell featuring a glass roof and glass walls that provide sweeping views of Kansas City.

Section through the Helzberg Hall
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Section through the Muriel Kauffman Theatre
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“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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