Día de los Muertos Concert @ Benaroya Hall

Come early for crafts ✂️

📸: Mexam NW Festival

📅 Saturday, October 14th
⏰ 11 am
📍 Benaroya Hall: 200 University St, Seattle
📞 (206) 215-4800
🎟 $20 – $25

Día de los Muertos, meaning “day of the dead” in English, is a holiday commemorating the dead widely celebrated in Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage from November 1st to November 2nd. Though it primarily deals with death, the holiday is often a joyful celebration to honor and remember the dead. Families clean and tidy the graves of the deceased, eat pan de muerto, organize altars called ofrendas with pictures and the favorite foods of loved ones long passed, and decorate their houses with skulls (calaveras), marigolds (cempasúchil), and paper cutouts (papel picado).

In Seattle, the MEXAM NW Festival has organized a giant Día de los Muertos musical celebration at Benaroya Hall. On Saturday, October 14th, the fest invites visitors to enjoy compositions and music by Mexican composers, like Arturo Márquez’s “Danzón No. 2,” Gabriela Ortiz’s “Kauyumari,” and José Hernández’s world premiere of “Jarabe Sinfónico No.1.” Doors will open one hour early so families can participate in pre-concert craft activities, instrument exploration, and admire decorated ofrendas.


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Jas Keimig

Jas Keimig is an arts and culture writer in Seattle. Their work has previously appeared in The Stranger, i-D, Netflix, and Feast Portland. They won a game show once and have a thing for stickers.