Past Events

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Sunday, January 6, 2019

In this wonderfully clear and direct telling of Charles Dickens' novella, acclaimed playwright and actor Anthony Lawton brings the story boldly to life as only live theater can. Come rediscover Dickens' story of a miser's miraculous redemption from a life of bitterness, greed, and isolation.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 7:30pm - 10:30pm

A unique collaboration between young, exceptional instrumentalists, singers, and a historically-informed Bach specialist, the Gamut Bach Ensemble prides itself on stylistically sensitive, earnest, and insightful Bach performances. Having impressed both our chamber music and early music audiences in each of the last four seasons, the Ensemble, directed by Koji Otsuki, embarks on a program that includes one of the most beloved Bach cantatas in Actus tragicus, featuring local outstanding period instrumentalists in the luminous Church of the Holy Trinity.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

A trio of outstanding violinists joins Jeremy Denk—”a pianist you want to hear, no matter what he performs” (New York Times)—on a three-hour-plus journey (three hour-long performances with two 15-minute breaks) that Jeremy has titled: A Feast of Mozart Violin Sonatas with Assorted Musical Sorbets. 

Please note this concert begins at 7:00 PM, featuring three hour-long performances with two 15-minute breaks.

This concert is supported by Grant Greapentrog.

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 11:30am - 2:00pm

The best global networking in Philadelphia!

Join us for the 2018 Globy Awards, an annual celebration that recognizes globally-active businesses, civic, and community leaders, who have distinguished themselves through the extraordinary work they have done in Greater Philadelphia.

The Globys have established themselves as a preeminent occasion, where outstanding accomplishments with international implications are recognized in five categories:

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 11:30am - 2:00pm

Unique Global Networking Opportunity in Philadelphia!


2018 Annual Luncheon & Globy Awards on December 10, 2018.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Concluding PCMS’s mini-retrospective of Leonard Bernstein, this piano duo offers an afternoon of masterpieces by Copland, Ravel, and Gershwin as well as an incredible adaptation of Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story—considered by many to be one of the greatest re-imaginings of a musical ever arranged.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 3:00pm

A cappella harmonies fit for a king! One of the world’s finest vocal ensembles, the Grammy® award-winning King’s Singers celebrate Christmas and their 50th anniversary with an afternoon of timeless carols, Christmas classics and new arrangements. Known for their choral virtuosity and irresistible British charm, “these six singers can do almost anything a full-sized chorus can do, with a degree of perfection that drops the jaw and delights the ear.” (The Seattle Times)

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00am - Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 1:00pm

How far would you go to save a friend? When Kai vanishes, his best friend Gerda sets out on an enchanted adventure to rescue him from the evil Snow Queen. Based on the beloved fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen and brimming with “holiday magic” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Enchantment Theatre Company uses life-size puppets, expressive masks, original music and imaginative effects to tell the story of a brave young girl and the power of friendship

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 8:00pm - Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 8:00pm

Nine dancers rip through a work of great energy, intensity, surprise, and danger, performing complex sequences of hyper-physical dance. Choreographer Abby Zbikowski draws together influences of hip-hop, tap, and West African dance with a punk aesthetic to create her own movement lexicon. As the dancers push the boundaries of their endurance, they forge an intense ensemble connection through vocalizations and the channeling of communal energy.

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

The eloquent baritone Simon Keenlyside brings his “singular gifts” (Opera News) as a Lieder interpreter to an evening of art song. The London-born Keenlyside’s program will showcase his unforced directness and astonishingly lithe, expressive voice—floating ethereally one moment, bellowing with focused power the next. Keenlyside and longtime collaborator Malcolm Martineau are very much a partnership of equals. Be sure to experience how they respond to each other’s insights with effortless elegance.

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

A conversation between various mechanical entities – the sewing machine, the percussive ensemble, and the human worker – 3:25pm is a musical piece inspired by the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911. By incorporating the date of the fire into its title, 3:25pm seeks to pay tribute to the 146 workers who perished in this horrific incident, many of whom were immigrants who barely spoke English and worked in unsanitary and dangerous conditions.

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 9:30am - Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 5:00pm

Regular museum hours, Friday, December 7, through Sunday, December 9

$5 for veterans

In conjunction with the 2018 Army-Navy game, the National Constitution Center will offer $5 discounted admission for veterans (usually $11). This promotion is valid for walk-up visitors only.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 6:30pm - Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 6:30pm

SEASON’S GREETINGS: Good Tidings from Lyric Fest ~ Happy Half-Hour and Mini Concert

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 5:30pm - 9:30pm

On behalf of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (RSA), you're invited to honor this year’s Benjamin Franklin Medalist, Herbie Hancock, at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm

The issue of affordable housing is increasingly relevant in American cities, including Philadelphia, a city in which two-thirds of the housing units are 75 years old or older. Philadelphia also maintains a 26 percent poverty rate, the highest among the ten largest cities in the United States. 

Join us as we explore the intersection of Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation.

  • What's involved in adapting and upgrading older structures to serve low to moderate income residents? 

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

For over two decades, the Curtis Chamber Orchestra has been appearing with PCMS, spotlighting this esteemed conservatory’s best and brightest talent in large-ensemble repertoire. A program of classical and romantic works offers Mendelssohn’s Midsummer’s Night Dream Overture, Haydn’s singular Drumroll Symphony, and a late, unfinished masterpiece by Schubert.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

The koto holds a special place in Japanese music. As the national instrument, the harp-like koto features heavily in traditional music and has even carved out a place in modern J-pop. In this workshop, participants will build their own personalized traveler version of the koto. Instructor Paul Butler leads the workshop and will also show you the basics of playing.