About Día de los Muertos Celebration

The San Francisco Symphony celebrates its 16th annual Día de los Muertos celebration on November 4, 2023. This event features a concert program of traditional and contemporary Latin American music, preceded by a festive array of family-friendly activities.

In the weeks leading up to the concert, installations and altars are created by local artists to honor the living and the deceased. Curated by Martha Rodríguez-Salazar, these installations aim to commemorate the Day of the Dead, connecting all of us through expressions of shared human experiences. 

This year’s theme is: Día de los Muertos in the Mayan World. This year, we honor the traditions of the inhabitants of the Mayan region and the way their beliefs have shaped their understanding of death as part of their daily life. The San Francisco Symphony opens its doors for artists who would like to send their proposals for this year’s exhibit at Davies Symphony Hall.

If you are a visual artist experienced in creating Día de los Muertos altars or installations and are interested in submitting a proposal, we would love to hear from you. Please fill out this ARTIST SUBMISSION FORM.

Martha Rodríguez-Salazar, CURATOR 
Born in Mexico City and trained classically as a flutist and opera singer, Martha Rodríguez-Salazar is a curator, teacher, choir director, producer, and director of musical and theater productions that celebrate Latin American culture. She promotes Mexican and Latino culture in the Bay Area through her curatorial work and extensive performing and teaching activities through the Community Music Center. She has curated the San Francisco Symphony’s Día de los Muertos Community Concert festivities since their inception in 2008.
Casa Círculo Cultural is a vibrant and grassroots community-based multidisciplinary art non-profit, dedicated to creating cultural programming reflective of the experiences of the Latino communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, while promoting leadership development for the whole family. Casa Círculo Cultural has collaborated with the San Francisco Symphony on the Día de los Muertos concert festivities since 2011.
Tickets to the San Francisco Symphony’s Día de los Muertos Concert are on sale Sat, July 15, 2023 at 10:00AM
Join the San Francisco League for the Fiesta Día de los Muertos Dinner & Reception. To purchase Fiesta packages that include the concert, call 415-503-5351.

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