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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

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Location
217-219 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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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.

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325 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Fork

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306 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Han Dynasty

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

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108 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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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.

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117 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Amy Yang, piano

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

Brahms: Drei Intermezzi, Op. 117
Dorman: After Brahms
Delibes/Dohnányi: Waltz from Coppélia
Sibelius: Valse Triste, Op. 44
Dvořák: Humoresques, Op. 101, No. 7
Schumann: Humoresque, Op. 20

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

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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 for their support of our live-stream programming.

Anthony McGill

Anthony McGill, clarinet and Gloria Chien, piano

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

Montgomery: Peace [Arr.]
Brahms: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2
Lee, III: Principal Brothers No. 3 [World Premiere]
Weber: Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 48

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

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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 for their support of our live-stream programming.

Brentano Quartet

Brentano Quartet

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

Mendelssohn: Quartet (Sel.), Op. 81
Schumann: Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3
Brahms: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2

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

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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 for their support of our live-stream programming.

Peter Stumpf, cello and Cynthia Raim, piano

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

Beethoven: Variations on Mozart’s Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen, WoO 46
Martinů: Cello Sonata No. 2
Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19

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

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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 for their support of our live-stream programming.

Catalyst Quartet

Catalyst Quartet and Harlem Quartet

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

Bunch: the still, small voice  World Premiere/PCMS Commission*
Shostakovich: Two Pieces for String Octet
Montgomery: Strum [Arr.]
Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

*This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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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 for their support of our live-stream programming.

Jeremy Denk

Jeremy Denk, piano

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 7:00 pm

R. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15
C. Schumann: Three Romances
MazzoliBolts of Loving Thunder
Brahms: Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119

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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 for their support of our live-stream programming.

Roman Rabinovich, piano

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

Haydn: Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:52
Rabinovich: Sonatina
Debussy: Estampes
Beethoven: Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, Appassionata

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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 for their support of our live-stream programming.

Jasper Quartet

Jasper Quartet w/ Amy Yang, piano

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

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

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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 for their support of our live-stream programming.

Jonathan Biss

Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 7
Beethoven: Sonata in F-sharp Major, Op. 78, à Thérèse
Beethoven: Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110

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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 for their support of our live-stream programming.

Pamela Frank

Pamela Frank, violin and Emanuel Ax, piano

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

Mozart: Violin Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 454
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 96

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

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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 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.

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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 for their support of our live-stream programming.

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

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

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

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

Carol Jantsch

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

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

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)