Performance Venues

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Helzberg Hall

Concert Band Performances - Saturday, May 26, 2018


The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a major new center for music, opera, theater, and dance,
opened in downtown Kansas City, Missouri on September 16, 2011. The Kauffman Center presents 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 serves 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’s two venues, Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall, offer audiences engaging
and intimate performance experiences, while at the same time providing resident companies with
dramatically enhanced technical capabilities.

Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the 285,000-square-foot Kauffman Center includes two stand-alone
performance halls, both housed within a dramatic overarching shell featuring a glass roof and glass walls
that provide sweeping views of Kansas City.

  • Muriel Kauffman Theatre – This 1,800-seat venue hosts dance performances, plays,
    musicals, and more and serves as the performance home of Kansas City Ballet and Lyric
    Opera of Kansas City. Inspired by the great opera houses of Europe, Muriel’s Theatre is
    designed to be visually striking, yet retain an intimate experience for both audiences and
    performers. Audiences are seated in front of the stage in a variation on the traditional
    horseshoe configuration—bringing them closer to the performers than in auditorium-style
  • Helzberg Hall – From chamber music to full orchestra, from jazz and pop to lectures and
    recitals, the 1,600-seat hall is the performance home of the Kansas City Symphony as well as
    the host of renowned international soloists and ensembles. The stage extends approximately
    one-third of the distance into the auditorium, thus placing 40 percent of the seats alongside or
    behind the stage. This creates an intimate and immersive experience for both artists and
    audiences and allows a portion of the audience to experience the musician’s perspective during
    performance. Helzberg Hall also features the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus
    3875. The Casavant Frères built 5,548-pipe organ is a visual centerpiece in the concert hall, as
    well as an integral part of the musical experience.

The Kauffman Center is a $413 million project which includes $326 million for the creation of the
performing arts center, a $40 million endowment, and a $47 million, 1,000-car underground parking
garage funded by the City of Kansas City, Missouri.

Through its dynamic range of performances and educational programming, the Kauffman Center further
advances the role of the arts as a catalyst for the educational, civic, and economic vitality of Kansas City.
Serving as a cultural cornerstone for Kansas City’s dynamic downtown, the Kauffman Center brings a
new spotlight to the region’s performing arts community while simultaneously attracting some of the
world’s most talented performers and entertainers, further establishing Kansas City as a major cultural

Credit:  Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Richard J. Stern Center

Jazz Ensemble Performance and Conference Gala - Friday, May 25, 2018


The Lyric Opera Richard J. Stern Center, which includes the Beth Ingram Administrative Building and the Michael & Ginger Frost Production Arts Building, became the permanent home of Lyric Opera of Kansas City on July 5, 2012. The Opera Center accommodates the full range of production and administrative needs for The Company, and anchors the revitalization of the East Crossroads neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri.

Credit: Lyric Opera of Kansas City