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July 23, 2014

Union Station’s centennial bash will include a giant digital show

The story of Union Station will be depicted in a huge digital projection onto the facade of the historic depot in a celebration of its centennial on Sept. 5. Organizers also promise a national music act and fireworks for the free community party that is being timed to coincide with First Friday in the Crossroads and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Red Friday bash ahead of the football team’s home opener.

The story of Union Station will be depicted in a huge digital projection onto the facade of the historic depot in a celebration of its centennial on Sept. 5.

Organizers also promise a national music act and fireworks for the free community party that is being timed to coincide with First Friday in the Crossroads and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Red Friday bash ahead of the football team’s home opener.

Officials are announcing it well in advance so people can make plans.

“It’s the right time and the right reason, and it kicks off 60 days of celebration,” said Union Station CEO George Guastello, referring to other planned events leading up to the station’s actual 100th anniversary in late October.

The 10-minute digital show is being prepared by Quixotic, a local arts organization that presented a similar production in April 2013 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The Union Station show will use 12 high-tech, digital projectors to display moving images on a section of the station as wide as a city block.

It will depict the construction of Union Station in 1914 and pages from its history, including the multitude of soldiers who passed through it to and from the two world wars. The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is a collaborating partner for the show, which is sponsored by Ivy Funds and Waddell & Reed Inc.

The musical act, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., is yet to be announced.

The Chiefs will hold their 22nd annual Red Friday pep rally at Union Station beginning at 7:30 p.m. with a number of players and coaches.

The digital show, followed by fireworks, will begin at 8:45 p.m.

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com.

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