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Dramatic Kauffman Center debuts

Kauffman Center, courtesy Kansas City CVA

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened in mid-September with gala performances by tenor Placido Domingo, making his first Kansas City appearance, and violinist Itzhak Perlman accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony.

The modernistic center with its overarching shell featuring a glass roof and glass walls is expected to become an iconic image of downtown Kansas City. The 285,000 square-foot facility has two separate halls: the 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall and the 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre. The Brandmeyer Great Hall provides sweeping views of Kansas City.

It is also the performance home to the Kansas City Ballet, the Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

The Kauffman Center’s grounds will be used for outdoor performances and as a public gathering space.