The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, one of the most unique buildings in the Kansas City area, opened September 18, 2011.
The nearly 285,000-square-foot center features a grand lobby and two performing halls, both acoustically isolated from the noise of the lobby and surrounding spaces.
The 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre is home to the Kansas City Ballet and the Lyric Opera; as well as visiting national and international acts. The Muriel Kauffman Theatre orchestra pit can be adjusted from a “broadway pit” which will hold about 60 musicians to a “Wagner pit” that seats 100 musicians. The orchestra pit can also be configured to disappear entirely, leaving room for additional seating, or extending the stage area.
The 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall is home to the Kansas City Symphony and other musical organizations. The seating in the Helzberg Hall is arranged in an open, vineyard-style format and arranged around the performers in such a manner that allow members of the audience to see and interact with one another.
More information about The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts can be found at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts website at: The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.