Susan Saccoccia

Contributing writer

Susan Saccocia is an independent writer whose essays, features, profiles and reviews explore theater, visual arts, jazz and dance in the U.S. and overseas. A regular contributor to the Bay State Banner, Susan has also been published in Art New England ,The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine and other regional and nationwide media. An award-winning arts writer, Susan is also the recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in arts journalism among other honors.

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Audra McDonald honored by MIT

Actress/singer took part in on-stage interview

“If something scares me, I have to do it,” says renowned actress and singer Audra McDonald in a short video that preceded her on-stage interview on Saturday at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which has chosen McDonald as the recipient of its 2018 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts.

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Heaven on Earth

Gardner Museum displays restored Fra Angelico works

A small painting by Early Renaissance artist Fra Angelico, located in a quiet corner of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, is reason enough for some visitors to frequent this palazzo on the Fenway. Viewers bask in the gilded radiance and serenity of the scene, which portrays the Virgin Mary as she is laid to rest and then welcomed by an angelic chorus into heaven.

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I’m With Her

Trio pleases with inventive strings and vocals

Folk music fandom is alive and well, judging by the enthusiastic audience at the sold-out concert Friday night in the 1,000-seat Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, where the Celebrity Series of Boston presented the three-woman ensemble I’m with Her.

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Interplay of music, dance center stage for Boston Ballet’s new season

Boston Ballet opened its spring season with “Parts in Suite,” a trio of works by living choreographers who are in the vanguard of advancing ballet as a 21st-century art form. On stage through April 7 at Boston Opera House, the program presents “Bach Cello Suites,” by resident choreographer Jorma Elo; “In Creases,” by Justin Peck of New York City Ballet; and “Pas/Parts 2018,” by world-renowned contemporary ballet pioneer William Forsythe.

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Bedlam makes use of space, performers for tragedy ‘Hamlet’

Bedlam, a New York theater company, begins its production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy “Hamlet” by plunging the theater into darkness.

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Bedlam presents pared-down version of Shaw’s ‘Saint Joan’

More relevant than ever in its searing satire of hypocrisy among power players in church and state, George Bernard Shaw’s 1924 masterpiece, “Saint Joan,” is on stage through March 25 at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston in repertory with another iconic play, Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”

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A sinuous ‘S’ from Circa

Australian performance troupe part of Celebrity Series

A white square covered the floor on an otherwise dark stage as Circa, a performance troupe from Brisbane, Australia, began the second of its three shows last weekend at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre in Boston, presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston.

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Violist’s career forever linked to MLK

One of only a few African-Americans to find success in classical music, violist Marcus Thompson has garnered critical acclaim since the start of his illustrious career. The South Bronx native earned the Juilliard School’s first-ever doctorate in viola performance, and in 1968, he performed in Carnegie Hall as winner of the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Also in 1968, Thompson made his Boston debut, on April 4, with a recital at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

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Claudia Rankine examines race through multiple platforms

Poet and essayist Claudia Rankine has been examining, in a series of acclaimed books, how racial assumptions shape daily life. She also has extended her investigations beyond books to such public channels as readings and talks — and now, a play.

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Melinda Lopez bears witness in ‘Mala’

“Tu eres mala!” (“You are bad!”), curses an angry mother as her daughter dispatches her against her will to a hospital after a bad fall.

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