Los Angeles Philharmonic coming to Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform in Kansas City during its seven-city North American tour.

Kansas City's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will be the only stop in the center of the country. The other stops are on the West and East coasts and Canada.

"The LA Philharmonic wanted to come and perform here because our hall was designed acoustically by the same designer as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Yasu Toyota, so we're kind of their sister hall," said Frank Byrne, Executive Director of the Kansas City Symphony. "They were very excited to come and perform here for the very first time."

Byrne said this will be a prestigious moment for the Kansas City Symphony, to host the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Helzberg Hall.

"The Los Angeles Philharmonic is a marvelous orchestra and they are distinguished, in part, by their amazing music director, Gustavo Dudamel, who is an international phenomenon," Byrne said. "He is a rock star in the world of classical music and having them perform here in KC is just going to be a highlight of the entire musical year."

The one-night only concert will be on Friday, March 14. Tickets are on sale now. You can purchase them by calling the box office at 816-471-0400. You can also buy online at www.kcsymphony.org .

"We just cannot wait to have them here and perform in our hall because I think they're going to be blown away," said Byrne. "I think it's going to raise the esteem of our great hall even higher after they come here and validate what we know, which is we have one of the great concert halls in the world."

The Los Angeles Philharmonic will also perform in San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C. and Boston in the United States. There are also dates in Toronto and Montreal, Canada.

To learn more about the tour, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, visit www.laphil.com .

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