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.
In Cambridge for a gig, singer/basist Meshell Ndegeocello discusses the varied influences on her soul-infused music
Dance production, “Eugene Onegin” brings Pushkin’s work to life at Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre
The spirit of spring animates the latest production of world-renowned choreographer Mark Morris, "Acis & Galatea." Mingling the arts of opera and dance, the new work had its East Coast premiere last week at Citi Performing Arts Center’s Schubert Theater, presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston, which co-commissioned the work.
No dance company is better at combining lyrical precision, soul, elegance and verve than the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, here last week for its annual four-day visit thanks to the Celebrity Series of Boston, which has brought the company to Boston yearly since 1970.
Real-world experiences that provoke humor, anger and grief mingle with such art world preoccupations as form, material and aesthetic trends in a bracing exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, "Permission to be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection.”
Hang gliding over Rio; listening to birds singing; and gazing across wind-swept prairies are all experiences that jazz composer and big band leader Maria Schneider turns into music with her 18-member band, the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Its signature sound — sensuous and swinging orchestral works that combine oceanic swells of harmony with lyrical solos — often conjure the landscapes and memories of her small, rural hometown, Windom, Minn.
At its fundraiser for programs to advance social change through music, the Cambridge-based Longy School of Music at Bard College chose to present an open rehearsal rather than a polished production. Conducting the rehearsal was Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and an alumnus of Venezuela’s national youth orchestra movement, El Sistema — the program that inspires Longy’s initiatives to educate musicians as agents of change.
From the moment that Griffin Matthews steps on stage at the start of "Witness Uganda," in its world premier at the American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge through March 16, it becomes apparent that the show is about him.
Two contemporary artists — William Kentridge and Nick Cave — whose works are on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston through May 4 have more in common than might readily meet the eye.
A troupe of six young actors decides to stage a theatrical presentation — not quite a play — about a little known historical event: the extermination of a tribe in Namibia by the country’s German occupiers.