S.F. Symphony's Dia de los Muertos Concert: A Perfect Corrective to a Week of Debauchery

Considerations of more a more noble nature aside, it may be that this coming weekend, you'll simply be looking for a little culture in the wake of Halloween (or post-World Series) debauchery. Whatever the case, you'll find it at Davies Symphony Hall on Saturday, where the San Francisco Symphony will host its fifth annual Dia de los Muertos Community Concert.

Yeah, sure, it's "family friendly." Yeah, sure, it takes place during the daytime. But unlike other celebrations of this morbidly joyous Mexican/Catholic holiday, the Symphony offers a concert program of real breadth, featuring collaborations with performing arts institutions from across the Bay Area.

Presented by emcee Luis Valdez (playwright, filmmaker, and founder of El Teatro Campesino), the concert program will include the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra performing Aaron Copland's El Salón México; the Los Lupeños de San José dance company presenting the colorful traditions of baile folklórico; acclaimed Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán performing beloved hits of that storied and under-appreciated genre; and the Grammy-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus with their arrangements of traditional songs.

For all Californians, the influence of Spanish and Mexican culture surrounds us daily in forms both large and small. We grow up on Mexican cuisine, we live in cities and on streets named by the Spanish, and as fourth-graders, we all learn the history of the Spanish missions. But, somehow, the finer elements of Mexican folklore and music often escape us. Saturday's concert will provide a corrective to those of us who have missed out on these rich, energizing traditions -- the color and swirl of baile folklorico, the passion of mariachi, and, in the work of Copland, a key American interpretation of Mexican folk songs.

The Dia de los Muertos Community Concert takes place Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m.; pre-concert festivities begin at 1 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall (Van Ness between Grove and Hayes). See the S.F. Symphony website.

-- @TheBurbach

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Davies Symphony Hall

201 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA

Category: Music

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Ooo this really puts me in the mood of the holiday. I'm trying to find ways to celebrate, and this just might be it. But for now, I'm just gonna make a cool profile pic inspired by the holiday - if anyone wants to do too, just go to http://smarturl.it/DayofTheDayMasks and make one on Facebook. 


This concert looks like it's going to be a lot of fun! A symphony revolved around Dia de los Muertos sounds classic. I just saw a music video, Dance in the Graveyard, by Delta Rae and I had to let others know what a great video it is. It revolves around the theme of Dia de los Muertos with costumes to a touching story line. It is definitely a must see.  

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