On November 4, 2023, our 16th annual celebration of the Mexican holiday featured an array of festive, family-friendly activities and arts and crafts, followed by a concert program of traditional and contemporary Latin American music. 

But the celebration goes far beyond one day: Each year, we invite local artists to craft installations and altars honoring both the living and the deceased. Curated by Martha Rodríguez-Salazar, these installations aim to commemorate the Day of the Dead by connecting us across centuries and continents, and exploring what Mexican and Latino communities believe is a malleable barrier between life and the afterlife. Beginning in mid-October, their work will appear in and around Davies Symphony Hall, available to peruse before or after any Symphony concert.  

The 2023 theme was “Día de los Muertos in the Mayan World.” Through music, visual art and more, we celebrated the traditions of the inhabitants of the Mayan region, and the way their beliefs have shaped their understanding of death as part of daily life. 

We look forward to presenting our 17th annual Día de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, November 2, 2024.  If you are a visual artist interested in submitting a proposal for the 2024 Día de los Muertos celebration, please submit below.


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 grassroots, community-based multidisciplinary arts 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 Celebration since 2011.
Tickets to the San Francisco Symphony’s Día de los Muertos Concert are on sale this summer. Please check back later.
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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