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Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3

For five years, the sounds of violins strumming, ballet slippers prancing, and opera singers hitting high notes have filled the performance halls of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. In a live broadcast from the iconic structure's massive foyer, Up to Date visits some of the people who make it all possible.


  • Frank Byrne is executive director of the Kansas City Symphony.
  • Jeffrey Bentley is executive director of the Kansas City Ballet.
  • Deborah Sandler is general director and CEO of Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
  • Brian Rood plays trumpet in the Kansas City Symphony and chaired the symphony's musicians and negotiating committees.
  • R. Keith Brumley is the resident scenic designer and technical director of Lyrics Opera of Kansas City.
  • Ramona Pansegrau is music director of the Kansas City Ballet.
  • Steve Paul is a former arts writer and editor for the Kansas City Star.
  • Paul Schofer is president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating its fifth birthday with several free events throughout the evening of Friday, September 2. Festivities start at 5 p.m. For details, visit KauffmanCenter.org.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.