As Jeffrey Brown reports on Friday’s PBS NewsHour broadcast, Kansas City recently celebrated the opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The grand, $326 million center will serve as the performing home for the Kansas City Ballet, the Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera. The two concert halls are united by a multi-tiered lobby with a dramatic glass wall that provides sweeping views of the city. On opening night, the Canadian Brass performed a fanfare composed specifically for the event. Here is that piece, along with scenes of the new building.
The architect of the Kauffman Center, Moshe Safdie, has three other major projects opening this fall, including the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., Alice Walton’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas and the Khalsa Heritage Centre in Punjab, India. Safdie spoke to Jeffrey Brown about the moral purpose of architecture and the need for a building to reflect the cultural essence of its location.