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Hard-Hat Tour of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR
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l to r: Architect Moshe Safdie, Lyric Opera General Director Evan Luskin, and Up to Date host Steve Kraske.

Architect Moshe Safdie visited Kansas City on October 16, 2008 to walk through his Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, currently under construction. KCUR tagged along for the hard-hat tour.

So what's behind the walls surrounding Broadway and 16th Street? To the public it might just look like a big hunk of concrete. But inside the fence sit the foundations of two state-of-the art performance halls.

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Kansas City, MO – So what's behind the walls surrounding Broadway and 16th Street? To the public it might just look like a big hunk of concrete. But inside the fence sit the foundations of two state-of-the art performance halls with a 1600-seat concert hall that will serve as the new home for the Kansas City Symphony, and an 1800-seat proscenium stage theater that will host the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet.

Join Up to Date host Steve Kraske as he walks with Safdie through the site describing the details of the structure, discusses what construction will happen next and what people will see as they pass the structure in coming months, and talk about what concert-goers will experience on opening night in 2011.

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