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United Negro College Fund logo alongside logos for DRUMLine Live and Marvel Studios' Black Panther

New Partnership With United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Philadelphia

Posted by:  Kimmel Cultural Campus and Philadelphia Orchestra on January 12, 2023

The Kimmel Cultural Campus and Philadelphia Orchestra are proud to announce a new partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Philadelphia for two shows during the spring 22-23 season. For both DRUMLine Live on February 17 and Marvel Studios’ Black Panther on March 17 - 19, a portion of ticket sales will go directly to UNCF.

The United Negro College Fund is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide under-represented students with equal opportunities to become highly qualified college graduates. For more than seven decades, UNCF has helped more than 500,000 students to not just attend college, but “thrive, graduate, and become leaders.” They achieve this through a three-pronged approach that includes awarding over $100 million in scholarships every year, provide financial support to 37 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and by serving as the nation’s leading advocate for the importance of minority education and community engagement. Since 1944, UNCF has helped to double the number of minorities attending college.

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“Both DRUMLine, which brings the HBCU marching band experience to the stage, and the groundbreaking Marvel Studios’ Black Panther starring the late Chadwick Boseman, an HBCU graduate, are presentations that embody Black artistry,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. “We are delighted to partner with UNCF to help drive awareness of their mission and to support their important work through these artistic presentations.”

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A Philadelphia favorite, DRUMLine Live returns to the Miller Theater on February 17th with a high energy and show-stopping performance created by the same team behind the films Drumline and Drumline: A New Beat. The show embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University marching band with riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear grabbing energy. In this brand new production, DRUMLine Live is ready to welcome the entire family for a show you won’t forget.  

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The Philadelphia Orchestra brings Marvel Studios’ Black Panther to Verizon Hall from March 17-19, with the Orchestra playing the Oscar-winning Score by Ludwig Göransson live alongside the film. Released in 2018 as part of the Marvel Cinematic universe, Black Panther captivated audiences with a not only a film full of action, but also a profound message. Featuring historic performances by the late Chadwick Bozeman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Basset, Forest Whittaker, and Sterling K. Brown – Black Panther is sure to captivate all audiences.

By joining forces with UNCF, the Kimmel Cultural Campus and Philadelphia Orchestra hope to drive awareness of this important organization’s mission and help benefit under-represented students across the Philadelphia region. To learn more about the United Negro College Fund, visit their website at uncf.org.

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