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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

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

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Location
217-219 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Buddakan

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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.

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

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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

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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
Emanuel Ax

Emanuel Ax, piano

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 7:00 PM

All-Chopin Recital
Two Nocturnes, Op. 55
Polonaise Fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op. 61
Three Mazurkas, Op. 56
Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60
Nocturne in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2
Scherzo in E Major, Op. 54

Watch the livestreamed concert via the video player below.

Please note: livestream 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 livestreamed 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 livestream programming.

Takacs Quartet

Takács Quartet

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021 - 6:00 PM

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

Watch the livestreamed concert via the video player below.

Please note: livestream 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 livestreamed 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 livestream programming.

Aizuri Quartet

Aizuri Quartet w/ Marcy Rosen, cello

Date: Friday, April 30, 2021 - 6:00 PM

DvořákCypresses [Sel.]
Alberga: String Quartet No. 1
Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D. 956

Watch the livestreamed concert via the video player below.

Please note: livestream 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 livestreamed 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 livestream programming.

Francesca dePasquale

Francesca dePasquale, violin and Reiko Uchida, piano

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Mozart: Six Variations for Violin and Piano, K. 360
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)

Watch the livestreamed concert via the video player below.

Please note: livestream 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 livestreamed 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 livestream programming.

Parker Quartet

Parker Quartet w/ Kim Kashkashian, viola

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Dvořák: Cypresses [Sel.]
Bartók: Quartet No. 3
Dvořák: Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97

Watch the livestreamed concert via the video player below.

Please note: livestream 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 livestreamed 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 livestream programming.

Susan Graham

Susan Graham, mezzo and Bradley Moore, piano

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Frauenliebe und Leben: Variations
Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben with related works by Grieg, Strauss, Mahler, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and others.

Watch the livestreamed concert via the video player below.

Please note: livestream 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 livestreamed 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 livestream programming.

Gamut Bach Ensemble

Gamut Bach Ensemble

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Jessica Beebe, soprano; Daniel Moody, countertenor; Daniel McGrew, tenor; Elijah Blaisdell, baritone; Ryan Roberts, oboe; Emilie-Anne Gendron & Miho Saegusa, violin; Ayane Kozasa, viola; Paul Wiancko, cello; Nathaniel West, double bass; Jonathan Oddie, organ; Koji Otsuki, director

All-Bach Program

Sinfonia to Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe, BWV 156/1

Aria: Ein ungefärbt Gemüte, BWV 24/1 (alto)
Aria: Ein unbarmherziges Gerichte, BWV 89/3 (alto)
Aria: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170/1 (alto)

Aria: Stürmt nur, stürmt, ihr Trübsalswetter, BWV153/6 (tenor)
Aria: Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not, BWV 21/3 (tenor)
Aria: Ich traue seiner Gnaden, BWV 97/4 (tenor)

Sinfonia to Der Herr denket an uns, BWV 196/1

Aria: Ich habe genug, BWV 82/1 (bass)
Aria: Hier, in meines Vaters Stätte, BWV 32/3 (bass)

Sinfonia to Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes (second part), BWV 76/8
Sinfonia to Die Elenden sollen essen (second part), BWV 75/8

Aria: Komm, komm, mein Herze steht dir offen, BWV 74/2 (soprano)
From Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199 (soprano)
3. Recitative: Doch Gott muß mir genädig sein
4. Aria: Tief gebückt und voller Reue
8. Aria: Wie freudig ist mein Herz

Watch the livestreamed concert via the video player below.

Please note: livestream 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 livestreamed 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 livestream programming.

Junction Trio

Junction Trio

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Zorn: Ghosts, Op. 70  Philadelphia Premiere
Ives: Piano Trio
Ravel: Piano Trio in A Minor

Watch the livestreamed concert via the video player below.

Please note: livestream 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 livestreamed 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 livestream programming.

Sarah Shafer & Jazimina MacNeil

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

Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021 - 3:00 PM

Note: This performance was originally scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21. Tickets to the original date/venue will gain you entrance to this concert. 

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.

Watch the livestreamed concert via the video player below.

Please note: livestream 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 livestreamed 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 livestream programming.

Jasper Quartet

Jasper Quartet w/ Sarah Shafer, soprano

Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Fung: Quartet No. 1
WashingtonMiddleground
WolfeDig Deep
ShawBy & By (w/ Shafer)
HigdonIn the Shadow of Sirius (w/ Shafer)

Watch the livestreamed concert via the video player below.

Please note: livestream 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 livestreamed 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 livestream programming.

Midori, violin and Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano

Date: Friday, May 28, 2021 - 6:00 pm

Dvořák: Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100
Mozart: Violin Sonata in F Major, K. 376
Brahms: Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 108

Watch the livestreamed concert via the video player below.

Please note: livestream 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 livestreamed 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 livestream programming.