San Francisco Symphony CEO Mark C. Hanson: “This concert event is a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of the entire San Francisco Symphony ecosystem. It shows exactly the type of flexible thinking and inclusive collaboration we know will define this next phase of the Symphony’s identity. The event is at once global and local, bringing together our Collaborative Partners from three states and four countries, while also directly reflecting our Bay Area community, our Orchestra, and this moment in time. As we replanned our fall with Esa-Pekka, the Symphony used this opportunity as a catalyst for innovation, investing in filming our musicians inside and outside Davies Symphony Hall and creating meaningful, one-of-a-kind musical performances. I am thrilled that we are able to make this first such concert of the season free and accessible to the widest possible audience through television broadcast and streaming, and I look eagerly ahead to continuing to share the projects we are currently capturing as we move towards the new year.”
Throughline: San Francisco Symphony—From Hall to Home is dedicated to the memory of longtime SF Symphony friend and supporter Ann Getty. The event is co-chaired by James C. Hormel and Michael P. N. Hormel along with All San Francisco Community Concert co-chairs Andrea Ceseña and Selina Weiss. In light of the pandemic, elements of the Symphony’s annual All San Francisco Community Concert are now included in this event, which is accessible on a global scale but grounded with a local focus.
As such, this event includes the presentation of the Ellen Magnin Newman Award
honoring an outstanding local community-service organization. Named after SF Symphony Board member and founder of the All San Francisco Concert Ellen Magnin Newman, the award is presented each year to a community-based arts organization that strengthens the city’s cultural fabric, serves the city’s most vulnerable families and individuals, and creates a more just and equitable society for everyone who lives here. This year’s recipient is Hip Hop For Change
, a Black-led grassroots nonprofit in Oakland that seeks to address the injustices of misrepresentation through Hip Hop pedagogy and community building. By educating people about the power of Hip Hop culture—especially as a tool for social justice—Hip Hop For Change empowers all people with a platform to express themselves through the arts.
Throughline: San Francisco Symphony—From Hall to Home and the Ellen Magnin Newman Award are made possible in part through the generosity of Community Impact Sponsor Wells Fargo. Additional support is provided by Signature Education Sponsor Chevron, Music & Wellness Sponsor Kaiser Permanente, and Digital Sponsor Franklin Templeton/Fiduciary Trust International. For an elevated experience, guests are invited to upgrade to one of the VIP Sponsor Packages
. Sponsor benefits include access to an hour-long virtual VIP Happy Hour featuring a unique digital design by Blueprint Studios, and a McCalls Catering Festivity Kit home-delivered to pair with this concert event. Sponsors at the Preferred Sponsor level and above will also have the opportunity for exclusive engagement with San Francisco Symphony musicians. The San Francisco Symphony is honored to partner with the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
to raise awareness for this important organization during their busiest time of year. Sponsors of Throughline: San Francisco Symphony—From Hall to Home have the option to donate a part or all of the value of their gift boxes to the Food Bank. The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin, where prior to the pandemic one in five neighbors was at risk of hunger. Now the need is even greater with 60,000 households a week turning to the Food Bank compared to 32,000 prior to COVID-19.
Proceeds from sponsors support the San Francisco Symphony’s myriad artistic, education, and community programs, and allow the Symphony to provide this virtual event free of charge and accessible to all. To learn about sponsorship levels and associated benefits please contact Rosie Fraser at (415) 503-5478 or email@example.com
Community Events: Día de los Muertos and Deck the Hall
The San Francisco Symphony’s family-friendly Día de los Muertos and Deck the Hall concerts and festivities—annual traditions at Davies Symphony Hall—will be celebrated virtually this season, streaming for free at sfsymphony.org
and broadcasting on both NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48.
On October 31, the San Francisco Symphony presents a bilingual virtual Día de los Muertos
celebration, hosted and curated by Bay Area musician and educator Martha Rodríguez-Salazar, with a special appearance by Founder and Director of Casa Círculo Cultural Verónica Escámez, and featuring SF Symphony musicians, members of Los Cenzontles, and guitarist David Tanenbaum performing music by Gabriela Lena Frank, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Domingo Lobato, and Manuel M. Ponce. The Día de los Muertos Virtual Celebration is co-chaired by Nicole Cooper and Robin Giustina. The event will broadcast in English Saturday, October 31 at 3pm on NBC Bay Area; in Spanish on Saturday, November 7 at 11am on Telemundo 48, and will be available in both English and Spanish for on-demand streaming at sfsymphony.org
The fun-filled Día de los Muertos celebration begins with a three-day online interactive silent auction presenting unique and coveted items, Friday, October 30 at 3pm–Sunday, November 1 at 1pm. The festivities culminate with a virtual Live Tequila Mixology Lab led by one of McCalls’ master mixologists, Jim Sevilla, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the history and traditions around Día de los Muertos featuring special guests on October 31 at 2pm. Guests can register to participate for free
by Wednesday, October 28. For an elevated experience, in partnership with McCalls MC Market, guests can purchase a Día de los Muertos-inspired meal with an added cocktail kit to be delivered on October 30, in time for the virtual mixology lab the following day.
On Saturday, December 5, the San Francisco Symphony presents a festive virtual Deck the Hall
celebration hosted by conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, marking the event’s 40th anniversary with a program of holiday music and audience sing-alongs. The program includes selections from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and holiday favorites, arranged for string quartet; Harry Simeone’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, narrated by NBC Bay Area News Anchor Raj Mathai and conducted by Wattis Foundation Music Director of the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra Daniel Stewart; and more, featuring musicians of the San Francisco Symphony, organist Jonathan Dimmock, members of the SF Symphony Chorus directed by Ragnar Bohlin, and the San Francisco Boys Chorus directed by Eric Choate. The concert program will broadcast on Saturday, December 5 at 3:30pm on NBC Bay Area; Sunday, December 6 at 11:30am on Telemundo 48, and will be available for on-demand streaming at sfsymphony.org.
Deck the Hall is chaired by Thayer Meicler and planned with the help of the San Francisco Symphony Junior Committee League, led by Junior Committee President Amy Christodoulo. The event is made possible in part through the generosity of Supporting Partner Bank of America.
Deck the Hall VIP packages include exclusive pre-event digital content as well as tangible deliverables to enhance the watch-from-home experience. Each VIP package includes exclusive access to a virtual holiday activity, a home-delivered Deck the Hall care package, and other perks. Through the generosity of VIP sponsors, Deck the Hall is presented completely free of charge and is accessible across multiple platforms, including to a broad number of schools and community partners. For more information and to purchase a VIP package visit: www.sfsymphony.org/deck-VIP