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Gifts for Grads

Posted by:  Kimmel Cultural Campus on May 15, 2023

It’s officially graduation season! And after all the hard work your graduate has put in, from studying for hours, giving presentations and defending dissertations, taking exams and more -- they deserve to be rewarded. Why not give them the opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy one of the many performances happening across our Cultural Campus? With our wide array of options, from classical to comedy, jazz to Broadway, dance to hip-hop, rock to opera, we are here to help you find that perfect fit for a graduate gift!

Here are our top gift ideas for your graduate:

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Your graduate has been stuck viewing only laptop screens and textbooks, so let’s give them something else to watch. Look no further as three of Broadway’s biggest hits – Beetlejuice, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, and Disney's The Lion King – bring their national tours to Philly!

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Give your graduation celebration a ticket to a world of romance, grandeur, and glory at Moulin Rouge! The Musical! from July 5 – July 30. Based on Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary 2001 film, this award-winning production is a mash-up extravaganza celebrating Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love. We guarantee they will leave the theater dancing and with a smile on their face!

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Or keep them entertained all season long with a 2023-24 Broadway series subscription! This subscription will give your graduate the opportunity to enjoy 7(!) shows this season, including Broadway hits like Wicked, Disney's Frozen, Company, Ain't Too Proud, Funny Girl, and more!

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Pride Month is coming up and what better way to celebrate than by taking your graduate to the annual Free Pride Concert on Saturday, June 3 with The Philadelphia Orchestra! The concert will celebrate music by LGBTQ+ composers and allies, with works like “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga , “Stars” from Les Miserables, Katy Perry's “Firework” sung by performers from Moulin Rouge! The Musical, and the world premiere of Laura Karpman’s The Marvels Suite in advance of the film release.

Get them to take off those sound-cancelling studying headphones and take them out to experience music… LIVE with the transformative sounds of the GRAMMY Award-winning Philadelphia Orchestra. The iconic Orchestra takes up residency at The Mann Center for concerts this summer, including a Tchaikovsky Spectacular and Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Concert.

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This fall, they return with a star-studded 2023-24 season featuring Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and a memorable performance by 5-time Oscar winner and 25-time Grammy Award winner John Williams alongside long-time friend and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. It will be an unforgettable Orchestra season! Want your graduate to experience it all? Gift them a season-long subscription with 6-concert packages starting at just $210.

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Whether they’re a podcast lover or folk music fan, our one-night engagements cater to the interests of every graduate. Top options include legendary vocalist Rufus Wainwright on tour with his new album Folkocracy, intimate storytelling with The Moth Mainstage, #1 New York Times bestselling author and former U.S. Navy SEAL Jocko Willink, or 'eclectic Celtic' music star Loreena McKennitt.

Looking to try something new? Get a taste of different kinds of art forms and gift tickets to a performance by one of our Resident Companies. From household names like Opera Philadelphia and PHILADANCO!; the best in classical with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Chamber Orchestra, and the Curtis Institute of Music; or city-favorites like Philadelphia Ballet, our Campus is a place for everyone to find something they enjoy.

But, if you still aren’t sure what to choose from all these options, grab your grad a gift certificate! A gift certificate can be used for an upcoming show or even put toward a subscription. And the best part is, our gift certificates don’t expire!

Congrats to all graduate. Whether big or small, your accomplishment is meant to be celebrated! Check out our full list of upcoming events on our website.

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