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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts nails high international venue rating

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Just as Kansas City presents its case to be host of the 2016 Republican National Convention, more good news came March 3, that Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts garnered third place among the top 15 most beautiful concert halls in the world, in a rating compiled by Emporis, a Hamburg, Germany based company.

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"These days concert halls also have remarkable architecture, offering audiences a great show even before they have taken their seats," the report said. "More and more concert halls are being built that stand out by virtue of their eye-catching shapes, colors and materials."

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts features the striking exterior that shows in related photos and also contains two separate performing arts auditoriums inside. One, Helzberg Hall serves as home to the Kansas City Symphony, while the other, Muriel Kauffman Theatre hosts musicals, ballet, plays and opera. Helzberg Hall seats 1,600, and the Kauffman Theatre seats 1,800.

"It's an honor to be recognized with the other amazing international performing arts venues.,” Jane Chu, president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. “Thanks to the vision of Muriel Kauffman, the determination of Julia Irene Kauffman, and the support of an entire community, what started as a Moshe Safdie sketch on a napkin became a reality."

“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 for the Performing Arts’ website boasts. “The Kauffman. 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.

“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 destination.”