Public to see changes Saturday
The City of Wichita is pleased to announce the completion of renovations to Concert Hall at the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center. The public will get its first chance to see the improvements at 8 p.m. Saturday with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra Classics Concert. Mayor Carl Brewer is scheduled to welcome the crowd before the start of the concert.
Renovations began in mid-August and took eight weeks to complete. The project cost is approximately $941,000 and included new seats, paint, carpeting and stage equipment. It is one phase of $22 million worth of upgrades and repairs to Century II over the next few years. Century II also has a new logo that is being launched in conjunction with the improvements.
Mayor Brewer expects the public to be especially pleased with the most notable change – the seating. “Back in April, residents gave their input on which seat they liked best out of three choices, and that feedback was given to a chair selection committee made up of City staff,” Mayor Brewer said. “In the end, the committee recommended that the City Council approve the same choice as the public and we can’t wait to put them to use.”
Improvements backstage have brought the theater up to industry standards and enhanced the City’s ability to continue to attract world-class performances. Concert Hall is a 2,200-seat theater that hosts performances, including last year’s highly successful three-week run of “WICKED.” It is also home to the Wichita Symphony, Music Theatre of Wichita and Wichita Grand Opera. In 2009, more than 195,000 people attended shows in Concert Hall.
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