Electric and engaging, eclectic and exceptional, Kansas City thrives on stage. Catch a live show at one of the many iconic venues around the metro, each with its own unique style and history. Witness some of the most celebrated performers at the iconic Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, an architectural and cultural sensation.
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There you’ll find several celebrated companies, including the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, a group known for its transformative performances of the world’s best opera. There’s also the 80-person Kansas City Symphony, which performs more than 50 concerts each year, plus Kansas City Ballet, a nationally regarded company that’s been treating audiences since 1957.
For a less traditional style—but just as impressive—check out a project produced by Quixotic, an innovative performance art collective that meshes technology, dance, music and more in prescheduled and popup performances throughout the year.
And yet, KC is as much an incubator as it is a showcase for performative talent thanks to institutions like the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, home of KC Ballet and the region’s top ballet school, and KC Friends of Alvin Ailey, a community dance organization that’s worked with more than 1.2 million underserved children and young adults in the Kansas City metro.