The Day of the Dead has become a tradition at the San Francisco Symphony. Each November, they prepare a festive concert and program close to “Día de Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead), which is celebrated always on November 2nd. The Mexican tradition honors the memory of people who have passed away in artistic, soulful, and colorful ways. This pre-Hispanic tradition is now widely celebrated around the world, with San Francisco being one of a few cities in the United States who began celebrating it in the 1970s.
The San Francisco Symphony began paying attention to it in the early 2000s and fully integrating it into its programming 14 years ago. It has grown tremendously. This year, it will feature a concert program of traditional and contemporary Latin American music, preceded by a festive array of family-friendly activities and followed by the Fiesta fundraiser, on Saturday, November 6 at Davies Symphony Hall.
The concert program includes music by Arturo Márquez, Astor Piazzolla, Inocente Carreño, José Pablo Moncayo García, and Carlos Chávez, conducted by Enluis Montes Olivar, and features vocalist Flor Amargo ‘La Reina del Barrio’ performing a selection of her own songs.
Prior to the concert, guests can enjoy the art installations, family activities, sugar skulls, street procession, and live music.
Tickets can be purchased online at SFSymphony.org/Dia, by calling the SF Symphony box office at 415-864-6000, or by visiting the box office located on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street.
The Día de Los Muertos Concert is presented in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission.
-Lupita Franco Peimbert
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