Gallery: PHOTOS: Moshe Safdie’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts...

Photo by Nathaniel Ross for Inhabitat
 
The pièce de résistance of Helzberg Hall is a Casavant Frères pipe organ, which is one of the finest concert hall organs in the country. The Quebec-based firm custom designed the mechanical organ in the French romantic tradition, with 79 stops, 102 ranks, and 5,548 pipes.

The Kauffman Center, which opened late September 2011, is home to the Kansas City Ballet, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. It will also host a broad spectrum of entertainment programming from around the globe – including classical, pop, and jazz music, ballet and contemporary dance, comedy shows, and Broadway productions (five world premieres will take place at the Kauffman Center in its first year alone).

The Kansas City Area Development Council recently invited Inhabitat to check out Kansas City Design Week 2012, and one of the highlights of our trip was a private tour of Moshe Safdie’s wondrous new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts! Public Relations Coordinator (and classically trained opera singer) Kristin Smithson took us on a tour of this striking building.

All photos by Nathaniel Ross for Inhabitat

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