Philadelphia is the sixth-largest municipality in the United States and a major cultural and artistic center. It is home to the following:
- Philadelphia Orchestra
- Pennsylvania Ballet
- Opera Company of Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
- Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
- Astral Artists
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Many regional and local theaters
Most of these organizations offer student rates on their tickets, and free tickets are occasionally made available to Curtis students.
Philadelphia is ninety minutes by train or two hours by bus from New York City and two hours by train from Washington, D.C.
Curtis subscribes to seats for Saturday-night Philadelphia Orchestra concerts. Tickets are available to students on a first-come-first-served basis. Students may also attend certain rehearsals of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Tickets to Opera Company of Philadelphia productions are available to Vocal Studies students.
Local museums and other cultural organizations also extend complimentary ticket offers to Curtis students.