Cow Town No More

by Anne Bennett on October 19, 2011

I took this photo with my new iPhone 4S, which has an unbelievable camera!

My best friend Michael and I visited the newly opened Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts yesterday. We took a tour of the facilities, which include two large performance halls, one for the Kansas City Symphony and the other for the Lyric Opera and the Kansas City Ballet. They seat 1,600 and 1,800 respectively.

We’re not talking about New York or London here. We’re talking about Kansas City, Missouri, former cow town smack dab in the middle of the United States.

Michael was amazed at the level of support given to the arts in this modest Midwestern metropolis. He lives in Sacramento, California, the capital of the most populous state in the US, where money for such elaborate civic projects has evaporated in the economic downturn.

Designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, The Kauffman Center has received worldwide rave reviews for both its architectural design and for the spectacular acoustics in the two halls.

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that our town has arrived on the world stage. Everything really IS up-to-date in Kansas City. They’ve gone about as fer as they can go. Yee ha!




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Amy October 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm

We went there on Sunday. IT’s gorgeous. I can’t wait to attend a performance there. IT is a great addition to Kansas City.

Christine October 29, 2011 at 11:07 am

Wow, impressive! I do hope we’ll be attending something suitably wonderful there on our next visit, Anne. Go KC!

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