CELEBRATE DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS – Saturday, 11/6, with the San Francisco Symphony

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

On Saturday, November 6th at 2:00 pm, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) celebrates Mexican culture in its third annual DIA DE LOS MUERTOS – Day of the Dead, A Family Concert conducted by SFS resident conductor Donato Cabrera. This matinee concert, designed for the entire family, features a program of music by Mexican composers Moncayo, Revueltas, Rosas, Ponce and Rodolfo Halffter. This year’s concert will honor the 100 year anniversary of the Mexican Revolution and be centered around the performance of Silvestre Revueltas’ La Coronela, written about the female fighters in the Mexican Revolution, also known as Las Adelitas or soldaderas. The SFS commissioned choreographer and Lines Ballet’s Ballet Master Arturo Fernandez to create a dance to accompany Revueltas’ famous work. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., an hour before the performance, ticketholders will enjoy a host of pre-concert festivities, refreshments and colorful displays celebrating Día de los Muertos in the Davies Symphony Hall lobby. For the Día de los Muertos Family Concert, the San Francisco Symphony offers a 50% discount on tickets for children age 17 and under.

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SILVESTRE REVUELTAS SÁNCHEZ — JOSÉ PABLO MONCAYO

 The Día de los Muertos Family Concert is part of the San Francisco Symphony’s ongoing commitment to providing compelling musical experiences for families. The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is the Symphony’s partner in the community for Día de los Muertos. Support for this concert is provided by the San Francisco Arts Commission. The San Francisco Symphony’s Music for Families series offers matinee performances focusing on different aspects of the orchestra and symphonic repertoire. Specially designed to be engaging, informative and fun, these matinee concerts introduce children and families to the world of live orchestral music.

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JUVENTINO ROSAS — MANUEL PONCE

Beginning at 1:00 PM, the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno and Mariachi Colima will progress from outside the hall into the Davies Symphony Hall lobby. Inside the hall, Victor Mario Zaballa’s Rueda de la Fortuna (Wheel of Fortune) sculpture welcomes audiences. Imagery by Mexico’s renowned printmaker, José Guadalupe Posada, reflects a Day of the Dead observance of the Mexican Revolution and folkloric music and dance. The exhibit presented in partnership with the Mexican Consulate of San Francisco is curated by Jim Nikas.

View a short video of scenes of SF Symphony’s Día de los Muertos Family Concert:

In partnership with SOMArts Cultural Center (South of Market Arts, Resources, Technology, and Services), distinguished artists René and Rio Yañez have created a 3D altar and a photo opportunity in keeping with this year’s theme honoring the Mexican Revolution and José Guadalupe Posada. Performance artist Jenny Priego will greet patrons as her character Adelita Pata de Perro inspired by Las Adelitas, female soldiers from the time of the Mexican Revolution. An altar dedicated to the Mexican Revolution and La Coronela, inspired by Silvestre Revueltas’ composition will be created by teens and youth in workshops led by Bay Area artists Elena Finestone and Colette Crutcher. Performers from the SinCuenta Art Collective will roam the lobby costumed as Coronelas and Catrinas in Day of the Dead themed face paint, and artist Irma Ortiz will give a Mexican sugar skull-making demonstration. Activities for children include paper flower activities, face painting, stamps and tin art. Complimentary Day of the Day bread—pan de muerto—and Mexican hot chocolate will be served in the lobbies.
 
COMMUNITY PARTNERS
SOMArts presents its 2010 Day of the Dead exhibit, Honoring Revolution with Visions of Healing, produced by curators René and Rio Yañez and architect Nick Gomez, from Friday, October 8th through Saturday, November 6th, at 934 Brannan Street between 8th and 9th Streets. A closing reception will be held on Saturday, November 6th from 5 pm to 7:30 pm, followed by a music performance by Quinteto Latino presented by the San Francisco Symphony at 8 pm.
 
The Symphony’s community partner Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) was established in 1977 by artists and community activists with a shared vision to promote, preserve and develop the Latino cultural arts that reflect the living tradition and experiences of the Chicano, Mexican, Central and South American, and the Caribbean people. The MCCLA makes the arts accessible as an essential element to the community’s development and well being. An opening reception for the MCCLA’s annual Día de los Muertos exhibition will be held at its gallery at 2868 Mission Street near 24th Street on Monday, November 2nd, to coincide with the annual Day of the Dead procession through the Mission neighborhood.

The Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco is committed not only to protect and assist all Mexicans in Northern California, but also to serve as the voice of Mexico, its culture and its traditions. This year in particular, the Mexican Consulate General has engaged in a year-long program of activities to celebrate the Bicentennial of the Independence and the Centennial of the Revolution of Mexico. To this end, the Consulate General has created strong partnerships with some of the most prominent cultural institutions in the Bay Area, in order to share the different cultural faces of modern Mexico with Mexicans and friends of Mexico. Through December 2nd original prints by Mexican artist and engraver José Guadalupe Posada, will be exhibited at the Mexican Consulate’s Gallery located at 532 Folsom Street, open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Birth of Venus, by José Guadalupe Posada

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