Kansas City’s Kauffman Center on track for 2011 opening

Posted on: June 14, 2010

An Associated Press report in Monday’s (6/14) Post-Dispatch (Saint Louis) states, “Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for Performing Arts is nearly three-fourths finished, and thanks in part to a recent $12 million gift, on target to open as scheduled in the fall of 2011.” The complex will be the new home for Kansas City Symphony, which currently performs at a variety of venues, including Yardley Hall and the Lyric Theatre. “The center received a huge lift last month with the $12 million pledge from the Joe and Jeanne Brandmeyer Family Foundation. The gift boosted a spring fundraising effort that was aimed at smaller donors and is the fifth-largest pledge since fundraising began 10 years ago. … Arts center officials say they have achieved 90 percent of a $413 million fundraising goal that includes a $40 million endowment fund, according to The Kansas City Star. … The performing arts complex has soaring precast concrete shells—as tall as a 16-story building—that house Helzberg Hall, which will be the symphony space, and the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, home for opera and ballet.”

Posted June 14, 2010