Grand Opening

The Kauffman Center will host back-to-back Grand Opening events to inaugurate its two new performance halls, bringing legends Placido Domingo and Itzhak Perlman to Kansas City on the evenings of Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, 2011, respectively. Jazz sensation Diana Krall will join Mr. Perlman in the inauguration of Helzberg Hall at the Saturday evening event. The Kauffman Center’s Grand Opening events are designed to showcase the Center’s two performance venues, Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall.

The weekend will kick off on Friday, September 16, with a tribute to the Center’s late namesake, Muriel McBrien Kauffman. The evening will feature a range of performances from opera to Broadway, headlined by world-renowned tenor and musician Placido Domingo, making his first appearance in Kansas City. Multiple Tony Award winners Tommy Tune and Patti Lupone will make special guest appearances. The Canadian Brass will open the program with an original fanfare. The Center’s three resident companies, the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, will all take part in the program, as will the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

The celebration will continue Saturday, September 17 in Helzberg Hall with a concert to showcase the acoustics of the new hall, presenting special guest appearances by Singer/Pianist  Diana Krall and virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman, as well as a salute to Kansas City jazz featuring composer/musician Bobby Watson, all accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony, featuring Music Director, Maestro Michael Stern, and the 156 voice Kansas City Symphony chorus.

Individual tickets for the Grand Opening of the Muriel Kauffman Theatre on September 16th and the Grand Opening of Helzberg Hall on September 17th are currently sold out.

Proceeds from both evenings will support future Kauffman Center programming, including education and outreach activities. For more information, contact us at

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