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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.


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.


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Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm


Sunday – Thursday: 5:00 – 10:00 pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00-11:00pm


Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am – 2:30pm

217-219 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106



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Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm


Monday – Thursday: 5:00 – 11:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm – 12:00am

Sunday: 4:00 – 10:00pm

325 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


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5:30pm – 10:00pm Monday – Thursday
5:30pm – 10:30pm Friday
5:00pm – 10:30pm Saturday
11:00am – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 9:30pm Sunday

306 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Han Dynasty

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Daily: 11:30am – 10:15pm

108 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

2nd Story Brewing Company

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Monday-Thursday 4:00pm – 12:00am

Friday & Saturday: 11:30am – 2:00am

Sunday: 11:30am – 12:00am

117 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Amy Yang, piano

Date: Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 3:00 pm

Program to be announced

Anthony McGill

Anthony McGill, clarinet and Gloria Chien, piano

Date: Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 3:00 pm

Program to be announced

Brentano Quartet

Brentano Quartet

Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Mendelssohn: Tema con Variazioni: Andante sostenuto, Op. 81, No. 1
Mendelssohn: Scherzo: Allegro Leggiero, Op. 81, No. 2
Schumann: Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3
Brahms: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2

Peter Stumpf, cello and Cynthia Raim, piano

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Note: The Stumpf/Raim recital replaces the previously-scheduled Oct. 24 concert with Anthony Marwood, Mélanie Clapiès, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Peter Stumpf. Tickets to the Marwood/Clapiès/Huang/Stumpf concert will gain you entrance to the program with Stumpf/Raim.

Catalyst Quartet

Catalyst Quartet and Harlem Quartet

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Bunch: the still, small voice  World Premiere/PCMS Commission
Perkinson: Quartet No. 1
Fanny Mendelssohn: Quartet in E-flat Major
Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

Rafal Blechacz

Rafał Blechacz, piano

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Bach: Partita in C Minor, BWV 826
Beethoven: Sonata in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1
Beethoven: 32 Variations in C Minor, WoO 80
Franck: Prelude, Fugue, and Variations in B Minor, Op. 18
Chopin: Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58

Jasper Quartet

Jasper Quartet; Sarah Shafer, soprano; Amy Yang, piano

Date: Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Fung: Quartet No. 1
Washington: Middleground
Wolfe: Dig Deep
Shaw: By & By (w/ Shafer)
Higdon: In the Shadow of Sirius (w/ Shafer)

León: Ethos (w/ Yang)
Ko: Escape-Landscape
Thomas: Helix Spirals
Auerbach: Winter  Philadelphia Premiere
Tower: Dumbarton (w/ Yang)

Pamela Frank

Pamela Frank, violin and Emanuel Ax, piano

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

Program to be announced

Marcantonio Barone

Marcantonio Barone, piano

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

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

Wu Man & Hsin-Yun Huang

Wu Man, pipa and Hsin-Yun Huang, viola

Date: Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Strings of Soul
Traditional: Jasmine Flower
Liang: Work TBA  Philadelphia Premiere
Knox: Nine Fingers
Bunch: Three G’s
Ligeti: Hora Lunga
Traditional: Dance of Yi

Jason Vieaux & Clancy Newman

Jason Vieaux, guitar and Clancy Newman, cello

Date: Friday, January 22, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Gnattali: Sonata for Guitar and Cello
De Falla: Canciones Populares Españoles [Sel.]
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 [Arr.]
Bellafronte: Suite No. 1 for Guitar and Cello
Plus solo works for Vieaux and Newman

Musicians from Marlboro I

Musicians from Marlboro I

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

Anthony McGill

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

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 7:30 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

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.

Flutist Marina Piccinini

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

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 7:30 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

Aizuri Quartet

Aizuri Quartet w/ Marcy Rosen, cello

Date: Friday, April 30, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Song Emerging
Kurtág: Officium Breve in memoriam A. Szervánsky, Op. 28
Aizuri Song Book: Selections TBA
Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D. 956

Francesca dePasquale

Francesca dePasquale, violin and Reiko Uchida, piano

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Mozart: Six Variations for Violin and Piano, K. 360
Szymanowski: Mythes for Violin and Piano, Op. 30
Fauré: Au bord de l’eau [Arr.]
On the Blue Shore of Silence for Violin, Piano, and Electronics by composers Gity Razaz, Gloria Justen, and Sayo Kosugi, with visual art by Johanna Andruchovici (Philadelphia premiere, commissioned in part by PCMS)