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Muriel Irene McBrien Kauffman (August 28, 1916 – March 17, 1995) was a cvic leader and philanthropist in Kansas City, Mo. She was the wife and partner of Ewing Kauffman. Ewing and Muriel worked together at Marion Labs and were the founding owners of the Kansas City Royals baseball team.

She was born in Toronto, Canada, graduated from the Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ontario and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She met Ewing the early 1960s in Miami, Florida. He was attending a medical convention and she was vacationing at the same hotel. They married in February 1962.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Upon Muriel Kauffman death, Ewing and Muriel's daughter, Julia Irene Kauffman, carried her mother's idea to build a performing arts center in Kansas City forward. As chairman of the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, Julia Kauffman has been working to turn her mother's dream into one of the most technically and architecturally perfect performing arts centers in the world.

Currently under construction in an area connecting downtown with the revived Crossroads District in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is scheduled to be open for the 2010-2011 performance season. A world-class team of architects, acousticians, theater designers and other technical experts is creating a state-of-the-art performance venue, featuring the very latest technology in acoustics, theater and lighting equipment, staging and sightlines, and comfortable ergonomic seating.

The center will include a 1,600-seat concert hall and a 1,800-seat proscenium theater, and will be the performance home for the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet. The Kauffman Center will also feature a diverse range of performances in both halls including dance and music of all types from pop to rock, light classical to country, jazz groups to bands, and gospel to folk music, as well as smaller Broadway and off-Broadway touring productions.

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