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An Electrifying Digital Show to Celebrate 100 Years of Union Station History and Thrill Audience, Ending in a Spectacular Fireworks Finale

September 2, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Union Station Contacts:
Michael Tritt / (816) 460-2278
Britaney Wehremeister / (620) 474 9166

Kansas City Chiefs Contacts:
Ted Crews / (816) 920-4359
Luke Shanno / (816) 920-4351

For Release: August 29, 2014

 

An Electrifying Digital Show to Celebrate 100 Years of Union Station History and Thrill Audience, Ending in a Spectacular Fireworks Finale

Union Station to Host the Celebration of the Century

Friday, Sept. 5 – 5:00 to 9:30 p.m.

KANSAS CITY, MO – Union Station Kansas City will kick off “sixty days of celebration” leading up to its 100th anniversary at “KC Celebrates at Union Station,” a centennial celebration of music, lights, fireworks and football on Friday, Sept. 5th, from 5-9:30 p.m. The outdoor event is free and open to the public.

 

The highlight of the evening will be “The Monument Comes Alive”, a never-before-seen high-tech journey created by Quixotic. Using state of the art projection mapping and twelve 20K digital projectors, the exterior of the Station will be transformed into an enormous 3D digital canvas that will soar a full ten stories tall and one city block wide. Presented by Ivy Funds, Waddell and Reed, and the National World War I Museum, the digitally animated scrapbook will be set to an original musical score. Kansas City’s Quixotic -- the internationally recognized, multi-media performing arts group -- in partnership with Bazillion Pictures and BIC Media, has created this electrifying digital show that captures 100 years of Kansas City history.

 

“We have created an event for the entire community that will not only pay tribute to Kansas City’s most iconic landmark, but celebrate our shared history,” George Guastello, president and CEO of Union Station Kansas City, said. “That history has been captured and brought to life by the creative visionaries at Quixotic, who will take the crowd on a fully immersive digital ride the entire city will be talking about for many years to come.”

 

As part of the festivities, the Kansas City Chiefs will host their annual Red Friday Pep Rally – the official kickoff to the start of the football season. The team is partnering with KCTV 5, KSMO TV, Kansas City’s iconic monument and the city, as Union Station celebrates 100 years of connecting the community, not only with the people of Kansas City, but also in linking the greater metropolitan area to the surrounding region.

 

Union Station officials expect a sizeable gathering and encourage attendees to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and arrive outside the Station and surrounding grounds as early as 5:00 p.m. to enjoy the entire evening which will include:

  • Family fun activities
  • Live concert
  • Official Kansas City Chiefs Red Friday Pep Rally
  • Appearances by The Kansas City Chiefs football team, cheerleaders and KC Wolf
  • Thrilling digitally animated historical display by Quixotic
  • Spectacular fireworks finale
  • Food trucks
  • Beverage stations
  • Event parking available in West Yards Garage – event rates apply

For more information, visit http://www.unionstation.org/100years/.  

For a sneak peek of “The Monument Comes Alive” by Quixotic, visit http://youtu.be/NGQ2jnBdbes.

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About Union Station Kansas City, Inc. 

Union Station Kansas City is a historical landmark and civic asset renovated and reopened to the public in 1999 that will celebrate its Centennial anniversary on Oct. 30, 2014. The organization, driven by its mission of science and history, education and entertainment, hosts a variety of world-class traveling exhibits. Union Station is the first North American site for the fascinating exhibit, “The Discovery of King Tut.” Union Station also is the home to several other attractions, including Kansas City’s Science Center; the popular Model Railroad Experience; the Gottlieb Planetarium; the Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre, the region’s largest screen 3D movie theater; H&R Block City Stage featuring live theater, and a selection of unique shops and restaurants. Union Station is also home to prominent area civic organizations and businesses. Visit www.unionstation.org for details.

 

About the Kansas City Chiefs

Founded as the Dallas Texans in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) by sports pioneer Lamar Hunt, the franchise moved to Kansas City in 1963 and became known as the Kansas City Chiefs and currently competes in the West Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League (NFL).

 

Under the guidance of the Hunt Family and the leadership of Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, the mission of the Kansas City Chiefs is to: Win with Character, Unite our Community, Inspire our Fans and Honor Tradition.

 

About Quixotic

Founded in 2005 by renowned graphic designer, percussionist, and artistic director Anthony Magliano and joined a year later by award-winning lighting and theater technology guru Mica Thomas, Quixotic’s mission statement was to tear down the walls that cloistered each discipline of the arts, unleashing a flood of new ideas that would wash away the staid norms of traditional theatre performance. It is the joint vision of Magliano and Thomas that has taken the loose collective of avant garde trendsetters and molded them into what the New York Times branded an “innovative circus [company].” This ultra-modern, multi-sensory experience shatters antiquated notions of “a night at the ballet.”