Home » American Philosophical Society
Calendar

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall is a 375 seat auditorium offering plaza level and balcony seating. All concerts at this venue are general admission seating. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance.

There are many historic elements to the building. Designed in the Italianate style, it features a visually striking white marble façade and an impressive collection of paintings. It was once home to the Farmers' and Mechanics' Bank, which was an important Philadelphia institution of long standing as well as being the largest bank in the city during the latter part of the 19th century. For more information on the building's history, please visit the American Philosophical Society's website.

Transportation

Located a half a block east of Independence Hall, Benjamin Franklin Hall is accessible by SEPTA subway and buses.

Please note: The Philosophical Society owns two other buildings in the area (on 5th Street), but these are NOT associated with the concert.

Ritz at the Bourse Garage

4th Street between Market and Chestnut Streets

$7.00 when you attend a PCMS concert. After parking your car, as you enter the Philosophical Society, pick up a barcoded discount sticker at our Box Office table and have it applied to your parking ticket for use in the automated machines when you leave the garage.

Amada

Amada Philadelphia

Amada serves authentic Spanish tapas based on the earthy Mediterranean flavors favored by founder and executive chef Jose Garces. For more information click here.

Hours
Location
217-219 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Buddakan

buddakan-stephen-starr-philadelphia-1-600

Stephen Starr’s Buddakan offers modern Asian cuisine infused with creativity and drama. It has been named one of America’s top 50 restaurants by Travel & Leisure and ‘Top Restaurant for Fun’ by Gourmet. For more information click here.

Location
325 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Fork

Fork is a contemporary American restaurant serving dinner seven nights a week and Sunday brunch. The menu is inspired by the Mid-Atlantic region and the local growers and producers who help shape its terroir. For more information, click here.

Location
306 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Han Dynasty

Han Dynasty Philadelphia

Han Dynasty is an authentic Sichuan Chinese Restaurant located in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood. For more information click here.

Location
108 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

2nd Story Brewing Company

triumph brewing philadelphia

2nd Story Brewing Company features regional American cuisine made from locally-grown organic foods paired with their hand-crafted signature beer. For more information click here.

Location
117 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Cynthia Raim & David Allen Wehr

Cynthia Raim, piano and David Allen Wehr, piano

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Rachmaninov: Suite No. 1 for Two Pianos, Op. 5, Fantaisie tableaux
Rachmaninov: Duets, Op. 11 [Sel.]
Rachmaninov: Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17

Watch the live-streamed concert via the video player below.

.

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


If you encounter any technical issues while donating, please try refreshing the page or contacting our staff at 215-569-8080.

Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Marcantonio Barone

Marcantonio Barone, piano

Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Bartók: Suite, Op. 14
Mozart: Sonata in D Major, K. 311
Crumb: Metamorphoses, Book II [World Premiere]

Watch the live-streamed concert via the video player below.

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


If you encounter any technical issues while donating, please try refreshing the page or contacting our staff at 215-569-8080.

Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Beethoven

Mark Steinberg, violin; Marcy Rosen, cello; Jonathan Biss, piano; [All-Beethoven]

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Beethoven: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5 No. 2
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1
Beethoven: Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2

Watch the live-streamed concert via the video player below.

.

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


If you encounter any technical issues while donating, please try refreshing the page or contacting our staff at 215-569-8080.

Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Hsin-Yun Huang

Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Misha Amory, viola; Thomas Sauer, piano

Date: Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Leclair: Duo for Two Violas
Walker: Viola Sonata
Bridge/Bowen: Lament and Duo (played without pause)
Benjamin: Viola Viola
Chopin/Adès: Mazurkas (Sel.)
Still/Vaughan-Williams: Here's One and Romance
Berio: Duos for Two Violas

Watch the live-streamed concert via the video player below.

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Dover Quartet

Dover Quartet w/ Bridget Kibbey, harp

Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
Bach: Sonata in E-Flat Major, BWV 1031
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 [Sel.]
Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056
Bach: Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1020
Bach: Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 - Contrapunctus 1-4
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto in G Major, BWV 1048

Watch the live-streamed concert via the video player below.

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Jason Vieaux & Clancy Newman

Jason Vieaux, guitar and Clancy Newman, cello

Date: Friday, January 22, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Gnattali: Sonata for Guitar and Cello
De FallaCanciones Populares Españolas [Arr.]
Barrios: Waltz in G Major, Op. 8, No. 4 [Vieaux Solo]
Bellafronte: Suite No. 1 for Guitar and Cello

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Michelle Bradley

Michelle Bradley, soprano and Brian Zeger, piano

Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021 - 3:00 PM

Debussy: Proses Lyriques
ChaussonChanson perpétuelle
StraussMorgen, Op. 27, No. 4
StraussBefreit, Op. 39, No. 4
MahlerRückert Lieder
Selection of Spirituals arranged by Grant Still, Miller, and Johnson

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Musicians from Marlboro

Musicians from Marlboro I [CANCELED]

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Kristina Bachrach, soprano; Giorgio Consolati, flute; Joseph Lin, violin; En-Chi Cheng, viola; Brannon Cho & Matthew Zalkind, cello; Lydia Brown, piano

Haydn: String Trio in G Major, Op. 53, No. 1
Ran: Moon Songs
Mozart: Divertimento in E-flat Major, K. 563

Daedalus Quartet

Daedalus Quartet w/ Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Janáček: Quartet No. 1
Weesner: Eight Lost Songs… Philadelphia Premiere
Dvořák: Quartet in G Major, Op. 106

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Richard Goode

Richard Goode, piano

Date: Friday, February 5, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Bach: Partita in A Minor, BWV 827
Mozart: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, K. 282
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 [Sel.]
Debussy: Préludes, Book I

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Anthony McGill

Anthony McGill, clarinet; Roberto Díaz, viola; Gloria Chien, piano

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Brahms: Viola Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2
Hagen: Book of Days
Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1
Mozart: Trio in E-flat Major, K. 498, Kegelstatt

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Fleur Barron & Eric Owens

Fleur Barron, mezzo-soprano; Eric Owens, bass-baritone; Julius Drake, piano

Date: Friday, February 12, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
Mahler: Kindertotenlieder
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Carol Jantsch

Carol Jantsch, tuba and Michael Djupstrom, piano w/ with Tubular

Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021 - 3:00 PM

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Sphinx Virtuosi

Sphinx Virtuosi

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Foley: Ev'ry Voice [Philadelphia Premiere]
Perkinson: Sinfonietta No. 1
Casarrubios: Seven for Solo Cello
BarberAdagio for Strings
Dvořák: Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, American: Finale

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Sarah Shafer & Jazimina MacNeil

Sarah Shafer, soprano; Jazimina MacNeil, mezzo; Jonathan Ware, piano; Odds Bodkin, narrator

Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 3:00 PM

Using the lyrics of Dvořák’s sublime Moravian duets as inspiration, the inimitable storyteller Odds Bodkin has crafted an original fairytale, Danika the Rose, which is woven throughout the musical performance of Dvořák’s duets. An unshakable kinship with the natural world, a courageous heroine, and love triumphant unite in a melding of story and song for our tumultuous time.

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Flutist Marina Piccinini

Marina Piccinini, flute; Peter Wiley, cello; Anna Polonsky, piano

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Haydn: Flute Trio in G Major, XV:15
Beethoven: Variations in F Major, Op. 66
Prokofiev: Flute Sonata in D Major, Op. 94
Mendelssohn: Trio in D Minor, Op. 49

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Imogen Cooper

Imogen Cooper, piano

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 6:00 pm

Schoenberg: Six Little Pieces, Op. 19
Schubert: Sonata in G Major, D. 894
Liszt: Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este
Ravel: Jeux d’eau
Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody in A Minor, No. 13
Liszt: Reminiscences de Lucia di Lammermoor

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Takacs Quartet

Takács Quartet

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Mozart: Quartet in D Minor, K. 421
Dutilleux: Ainsi la nuit
Brahms: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 67

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Orion Quartet

Orion Quartet

Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021 - 3:00 PM

Bach: Final Fugue from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
Bartók: Quartet No. 6
Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130 w/ Grosse Fuge, Op. 133

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.

Alexi Kenney

Alexi Kenney, violin and Anna Polonsky, piano

Date: Friday, March 19, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Program to be announced

Please note: live-stream events are broadcast in real time. The video will remain available for 72 hours after each performance, subject to the approval of the artists.

Help Us Keep the Music Playing

These live-streamed performances are possible only because of the generous support of friends like you, who have sustained our Society for the past 34 years. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can when watching these events. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Please use the form below to give or text PCMS to 44321.


Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our live-stream programming.