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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.


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.



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



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.



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


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.


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

Han Dynasty Philadelphia

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


Daily: 11:30am – 10:15pm

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.


Monday-Thursday 4:00pm – 12:00am

Friday & Saturday: 11:30am – 2:00am

Sunday: 11:30am – 12:00am

117 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Ying Fang

Ying Fang, soprano and Ken Noda, piano

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 7:30 pm

Handel: Endless Pleasure, from Semele, HWV 58
Handel: Angels ever bright and fair, from Theodora, HWV 68
Mozart: Un moto di gioia, K. 579
Mozart: Deh vieni non tardar from Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492
Schubert: Viola, D. 786
Mozart: S’altro che lagrime from La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621
Mozart: Zeffiretti lusinghieri from Idomeneo, K. 366
Schubert: Nacht und Träume, D. 827
Bizet: Chanson d’Avril
Bizet: La Coccinelle
Bizet: Four Songs from Romances, Op. 38 [Sel.]

Anthony McGill

Anthony McGill, clarinet and Anna Polonsky, piano

Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 3:00 pm

Lutosławski: Dance Preludes
Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata
Gaubert: Fantasie for Clarinet and Piano
Guastavino: Clarinet Sonata
Copland: Clarinet Sonata

Musicians from Marlboro

Musicians from Marlboro II

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 7:30 pm

Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano; Francesco Camuglia, flute; Robyn Bollinger, violin; Christoph Richter, cello; Cynthia Raim, piano

Schubert: Notturno in E-flat Major, D. 987
Handel: Nel dolce dell’oblio
Soper: Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say
Brahms: Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8

PCMS Players Ensemble

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Carmit Zori & Todd Phillips, violins; Scott St. John & Beth Guterman Chu, violas; Marcy Rosen & Peter Stumpf, cellos

Mozart: String Quintet in B-flat Major, K. 174
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht
Brahms: String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36