Kauffman Center

Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Living With Bipolar Disorder Feels 'Next To Normal'

Theater League

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 5.7 million Americans are affected by bipolar disorder, a mental illness accompanied by moods that can swing from deep lows to dizzying highs.

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5:00 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Broadway Luminaries Bring New York Show to Kansas City

When the musical "Evita" swept the 1980 Tony Awards, it triumphantly announced the arrival of two young actors - Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone - who would spend the next 30-plus years making remarkable choices in their theater, film, and television roles. 

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5:43 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Web Extra: An Interview with Mandy Patinkin

"An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin" reunites two Tony Award®-winning performers for the first time since they performed together in the original Broadway cast of "Evita."

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10:00 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Inside The Nutcracker

This year marks the Kansas City Ballet’s 39th annual production of The Nutcracker. It’s a holiday tradition, with a cast of more than 200, mostly children.

Click here to start/stop the audio version of this story.

Rebecca Smith, the stage manager, is the one charged with the herculean task of coordinating all of the students, dancers, costumes and props. Not surprisingly, she's hard to keep up with this time of year.

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10:56 am
Fri December 2, 2011

A Move for "Messiah"

The Independence Messiah Choir, Kansas City Symphony Chorus, and Kansas City Symphony rehearse for the first time together in Helzberg Hall.
Laura Spencer/KCUR

This year marks the first time Handel’s Messiah will not be performed at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Mo. since 1916.

The challenge: how to transfer the sound of almost 250 voices - the combined Kansas City Symphony Chorus and the Independence Messiah Choir -  from a cavernous hall to the more intimate Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo.

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Visual Arts
3:43 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Terpsichore for Kansas City: Sound and Light Installation in a Garage

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts parking garage on 17th Street.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Parking garages in Kansas City are infused with art - from the light and sound work called Pulse, next to City Hall; to the dancing lights in the underground garage at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art from a reflecting pool overhead. In the new parking garage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, there's a public art installation activated by movement.

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2:52 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Robert Battle

AAADT's Robert Battle. Photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

As of July 2011, modern dance choreographer Robert Battle is the new artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. This marks only the third artistic leader of the New York City-based company since its founding in 1958.

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1:35 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

WEB EXTRA: Tommy Tune and Patti LuPone

Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Hours before the opening gala for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Tommy Tune discussed some of their signature roles and what it's like to open a new hall.

Kansas City, Mo. – Patti LuPone on Muriel Kauffman Theatre: "It's probably one of the best new houses I've ever sung in...the acoustics are key. And this is a fantastic space."

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11:51 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Nearly Two Decades in the Making: Kauffman Center Opens Its Doors

photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

The concrete-and-glass shell-shaped Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opens tonight. And it's been almost two decades in the making.

Kansas City, Mo. – A bit of giddiness was in the air at a media preview yesterday - tempered by awareness of the work ahead.

With her bright blonde hair, and tailored pink suit, Julia Irene Kauffman, in her trademark throaty voice, describes how it all began.

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9:59 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Dedication of Kansas City's New Performing Arts Center

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Kauffman Board Chairman Julia Irene Kauffman, and Kansas City Mayor Sly James attended the ribbon cutting.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Officials gathered Tuesday to mark the dedication of the $413 million Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts - and its new city-funded parking garage.

Kansas City, Mo. – Officials gathered Tuesday to mark the dedication of the $413 million Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts - and its new city-funded parking garage.

Kauffman Center Chairman of the Board Julia Irene Kauffman said the project was personal and close to her heart since its inception, nearly two decades ago. She credits the collaborative approach.

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11:28 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Up to Date: Tour the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will hold its grand opening in mid-September, but finishing touches are already well underway, from the installation of the 5,548-pipe Casavant Freres organ in Helzberg Hall, to the addition of decorative touches in reception suites, to the finishing of the parking garage.

Kansas City, Mo. – (Up to Date, August 5, 2011)

Listen to the broadcast here.

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11:32 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Kansas City Ballet Announces Season in Kauffman Center

The Kansas City Ballet presents "Tom Sawyer - A Ballet in Three Acts" in its inaugural season at the Kauffman Center.
courtesy of the Kansas City Ballet

The Kansas City Ballet is the first of the resident companies to announce its inaugural season at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Kansas City, MO – When the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opens in 2011, its three resident companies will include the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet.

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