The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will hold its grand opening in mid-September, but finishing touches are already well underway, from the installation of the 5,548-pipe Casavant Freres organ in Helzberg Hall, to the addition of decorative touches in reception suites, to the finishing of the parking garage. Meanwhile, the Center has unveiled some of its bookings for the 2011-12 season, including Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Architect Moshe Safdie was in town recently, and Steve Kraske and KCUR's arts reporter Laura Spencer took a walk through the new facility with him. We'll also visit with Jane Chu about the latest developments in construction, highlights of future programming, and how the center is working with local performing arts organizations to get them on the new stages.
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