215-569-8080

FAQ's

Ticket orders are charged upon submission.

  • Unless instructed otherwise, our box office staff will assign you tickets to the best available seats at the time of purchase and mail them to the address specified at checkout.
  • Please note that tickets ordered within 72 hours of a concert will be automatically held at will-call for pick-up on the day of the concert.

If you have a seating request or other special requirements, please note them at checkout, and our box office staff will contact you the same business day.

For questions about artists, venues, parking, and just about anything else pertaining to your visit, please call 215-569-8080 or send an email to [email protected] We will be happy to assist you.

PCMS is pleased to offer an extremely flexible ticket exchange policy.

  • If you find you cannot attend a concert, you may exchange your tickets for another PCMS event (subject to availability), provided you contact us before noon on the day of the concert.
  • There is no additional charge for this service, although if you are exchanging discounted tickets or going from a non-Kimmel Center event into an event at the Perelman Theater, there may be an additional balance on your order.

PCMS offers a range of discounted ticketing options for full-time students 35 and under.

  • Individual student tickets may be purchased at the box office or over the phone for $10 each, and we also offer Unlimited Passes that allow students and young professionals to attend any and all PCMS concerts for one flat fee.
  • If you are ordering a student ticket, please note that ID will be requested at the time of the event.

An Important Notice About Fees.

  • A $2 handling fee is added to each order by PCMS. Furthermore, audiences to ALL Kimmel Center/Perelman Theater events pay a $4 per ticket fee for building maintenance and support (this fee is not kept by PCMS).
  • For example, if you order two tickets to a Perelman Theater event, your handling fee will total $10 ($2 handling + $8 in Kimmel Center fees).
  • Please contact our box office at 215-569-8080 with any questions.

What is PCMS?

Great artists, compelling repertoire, affordable prices, and friendly service: these are the hallmarks of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Presenting over 60 unique concerts each season at intimate venues throughout Center City, PCMS has been among Philadelphia’s musical treasures since its founding in 1986. Over the years, PCMS has remained committed to its founding principles: to enable people from all walks of life to enjoy exceptional music-making at affordable ticket prices, to fulfill musical needs of the community, and to build a broad group of directors, staff members, audiences, and patrons who are devoted to these goals and to ensuring the Society’s future.

Where are you located, what are your hours, and where are the concerts held?

Our box office is located at 1528 Walnut Street, Suite 301. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, with occasional weekend hours on concert days. Concerts take place at the Kimmel Center and other convenient Center City locations, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Independence Seaport Museum, and the American Philosophical Society. For complete venue information, see our venues page.

How long are the concerts, and is there parking at the concert sites?

Most PCMS concerts run between one and a half to two hours. Convenient parking is available at all PCMS venues with free or discounted parking offered at many locations. When you order tickets to a PCMS concert, a list of parking options and prices is included in the envelope with your tickets.

What can I expect from the concert experience? ( e.g. what do people typically wear? when do you clap? how long is the intermission?)

PCMS concerts are community affairs with audience members of all ranges of musical experience and from all walks of life.  There is no dress code; concertgoers come dressed as they are comfortable: some formally, some casually.  Applause is generally reserved for the conclusion of a piece so as not to disturb the concentration of the artists.  Most concerts feature a 15-minute intermission about midway through the performance.

Are the concert sites handicapped-accessible?

All PCMS venues are handicapped-accessible, and accessible seating is reserved for patrons with special needs. When ordering your tickets, simply inform the box office of any accessibility concerns, and we will do our best to accommodate them. Please note: patrons attending concerts at the American Philosophical Society should call the box office in advance for accessibility instructions.

How can I get involved as a volunteer?

From ushering to administrative work, volunteers play a valuable role in helping PCMS fulfill its mission. If you share a love of music and have some time or a skill to share, we would love to hear from you. To learn more about becoming a PCMS usher, contact Guy Ostertag, head usher, at 215-569-8587.

What does it mean to subscribe? Can I pick the seats I want?

PCMS offers frequent concertgoers a number of convenient ways to subscribe. By choosing as few as three concerts in a given series, subscribers receive benefits including reduced ticket prices, advanced seat selection, and special offers all year round. Our box office does its best to accommodate seating requests both during the subscription process and throughout the season (subject to availability). Simply call the box office to inquire about seating availability or put your seating request in the comments section of your online order.

How do I purchase tickets?

Advance tickets can be purchased at our box office (1528 Walnut Street, Suite 301), over the phone (215-569-8080), or through this website (www.pcmsconcerts.org). Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of a concert (subject to availability).

Do you have discounts?

Subscribers to the PCMS e-mail list receive exclusive special offers throughout the season. Discounted tickets are also available to students and to groups of 10 or more. Other convenient ways to save include our popular monthly and holiday specials. Due to our already low ticket prices, senior citizen discounts and rush tickets are not available at this time.

How can I find out about upcoming events and special offers?

The PCMS e-mail list offers subscribers the latest news on upcoming concerts, occasional special ticket offers and more. You can also sign up for our regular mailing list, request a brochure, or simply bookmark this website for easy access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Are there any opportunities for students?

Students can purchase a ticket to any PCMS event for only $10 and can save even more through PCMS’ Unlimited Student Pass program, which allows full-time students 35 and under access to our entire concert season for just $30. Our popular Students and Young Friends email list also gives patrons 35 and under access to complimentary concert tickets at least once per month during the concert season.

What types of musicians perform at your concerts?

PCMS concerts feature a wide variety of musicians, from internationally-acclaimed solo artists to the stars of tomorrow. String quartets, pianists, vocalists, wind virtuosi, and special event artists all feature prominently in PCMS’ annual 60-plus concert schedule.

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