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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.


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.

Bourse Garage

47 S. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

$7 with validation [reg. $12]: 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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Elias Quartet

Elias Quartet

Date: Sunday, October 10, 2021 - 3:00 PM

Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6
Beethoven: Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
Beethoven: Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2

Blake Pouliot

Blake Pouliot, violin and Hsin-I Huang, piano

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro
Bach: Sonata in G Major, BWV 1019
Janáček: Violin Sonata
Janáček: Dumka
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata in F Minor, Op. 80
Sarasate: Zapateado

Shifrin Polonsky Wiley

David Shifrin, clarinet; Peter Wiley, cello; Anna Polonsky, piano

Date: Friday, November 19, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2
Brahms: Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 99
Beethoven: Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 38 [Arr.]

Chrystal E. Williams

Chrystal E. Williams, mezzo and Laurent Philippe, piano

Date: Friday, December 17, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42
Braga: Cinco Canções Nordestinas do Folclore Brasileiro
C. E. Williams: They Stand Alone
Boykin: Moments in Sonder
Selection of spirituals by McLin, Bonds, and Moore

Jonny Gandelsman

Johnny Gandelsman, violin

Date: Thursday, January 6, 2022 - 7:30 PM

Demarre & Anthony McGill

Demarre McGill, flute; Anthony McGill, clarinet; Aizuri Quartet

Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 7:30 PM

Beach: Theme and Variations, Op. 80
Serkin Ludwig: Sextet  World Premiere/PCMS Commission
Beecher: Song in Mistranslation
Coleridge-Taylor: Clarinet Quintet in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 10

Paul Appleby

Paul Appleby, tenor and Conor Hanick, piano

Date: Friday, January 21, 2022 - 7:30 PM

Schumann: Selection of ten songs
Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
Schubert: Selection of eight songs
Berg: Altenberg Lieder, Op. 4

Eric Lu Oliver Herbert Alexi Kenney

Alexi Kenney, violin; Oliver Herbert, cello; Eric Lu, piano

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 7:30 PM

Haydn: Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Hob. XV:22
Schumann: Canonic Etudes, Op. 56 [Arr.] [Sel.]
Schubert: Piano Trio in E-flat Major, D. 929



Date: Friday, February 4, 2022 - 7:30 PM

J.S. Bach: Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 — Contrapunctus 1, 4, 6 (Arr.)
C.P.E. Bach: Keyboard Sonata in A Major, H. 29 (Arr.)
C.P.E. Bach: Quartet in A Minor, H. 537
C.P.E. Bach: Quartet in D Major, H. 538
C.P.E. Bach: Quartet in G Major, H. 539
C.P.E. Bach: Keyboard Sonata in A Major, H. 135 (Arr.)

Ignat Solzhenitsyn

Simon Barrad, baritone; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano

Date: Friday, February 11, 2022 - 7:30 PM

Shostakovich: Michelangelo Songs, Op. 145
Shostakovich: Viola Sonata, Op. 147

Mahan Esfahani

Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 - 7:30 PM

Bach: Aria with Thirty Variations, BWV 988, Goldberg Variations

Weiss Kaplan Stumpf Trio

Weiss Kaplan Stumpf Trio

Date: Sunday, April 3, 2022 - 3:00 PM

Mozart: Piano Trio in C Major, K. 548
Schoenfeld: Four Music Videos  Philadelphia Premiere
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 49

Orion Quartet

Orion Quartet

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022 - 7:30 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

James Reese

James Reese, tenor and Daniel Overly, piano

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 7:30 PM

Britten: On This Island, Op. 11
L. Boulanger: Clairières dans le ciel [Sel.]
Stephan: Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied
G. Brown: Song Cycle TBA  World Premiere
Wolf: Mörike-Lieder

Viano Quartet

Viano Quartet w/ Roberto Díaz, viola

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 7:30 PM

GreensteinFour on the Floor
: Quartet in F Major, Op. 92
: String Quintet in G Major, Op. 111