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Susan Saccoccia

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Conceptual artist Jonas riveting in Reanimation

Reanimation, a performance and film by renowned conceptual artist Joan Jonas, is an hour-long work of music, movement and video that conjures an actual phenomenon: an endangered Arctic, where loss of snow and ice from global warming threatens ancient habitats.

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Latin jazz giant Eddie Palmieri heading to Rockport

Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri discusses his career as a Latin jazz pioneer in a Banner interview.

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Goya exhibit portrays best, worst of human nature

The magnificent exhibition of works by Francesco Goya (1746-1828) at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston through January 19 draws the viewer into the artist’s world — which is not so different from ours.

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ArtsEmerson’s ‘King Lear’ an engaging production

ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage presented ‘King Lear’ at the Emerson/Paramount Mainstage in Boston through October 23. Joseph Marcell played the lead role with a touring troupe of another revered company, Shakespeare’s Globe, of London.

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Singer Meshell Ndegeocello draws from eclectic influences

In Cambridge for a gig, singer/basist Meshell Ndegeocello discusses the varied influences on her soul-infused music

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‘Eugene Onegin’ brings Pushkin’s work to life at Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre

Dance production, “Eugene Onegin” brings Pushkin’s work to life at Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre

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‘Acis & Galatea’ invokes ancient myth with powerful East Coast premiere

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.

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Alvin Ailey dance company a soulful elegance on stage

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.

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Museum of Fine Arts Boston turns focus on Latin America with contemporary art exhibit

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.”

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Composer Maria Schneider swings into Hub with band

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.

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Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel raises funds for youth orchestra

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.

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Luminous cast fuels "Witness Uganda" American Repertory Theater run

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.

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Artists infuse work with comments on social injustice

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.

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ArtsEmerson play a compelling story of colonialism

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.

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American Repertory Theater’s ‘The Heart of Robin Hood’ adds romance to classic tale

A state of wonder sets in even before the actors appear in the deliriously enjoyable American Repertory Theater production of “The Heart of Robin Hood” at the Loeb Drama Center in Harvard Square through January 19th.

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Millenium Choir lauds Christmas with harmonic gospel style

Glorifying God as well as the power of the African American gospel music tradition, the New England Conservatory Millennium Choir captivated its audience on Friday night at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston with a high-spirited celebration of the Christmas season.

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Huntington Theatre's ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ presents witty, poignant tale of two women

Comedy is on stage at the Boston Center for the Arts through June 30

The Huntington Theatre Company production of Gina Gionfriddo’s smart and poignant comedy, “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” on stage at the Boston Center for the Arts through June 30, brings out the play’s fast-paced wit and, along with the humor, its touch of doubt and heartache. Directed by Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois, the winning production examines the tradeoffs faced by two women, both 42, who find that each wants what the other has in life.

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Alvin Ailey company soars at inspirational Boston show

Belen Pereyra and Antonio Douthit of Alvin Ailey...

Elliot Norton Awards celebrate Chita Rivera, Boston theater greats

Singling out the best in Boston theater from April 2012 through March 2013

One of the most enjoyable evenings of theater in Boston is the show that the local theater community puts on to celebrate itself, the annual Elliot Norton Awards. Held Monday night at ArtsEmerson’s Paramount Center in Boston, the 31st of these galas was a particularly snappy production, honoring seasoned and emerging talents on Boston’s stages as well as a consummate Broadway trouper with local ties, Chita Rivera.

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Elliot Norton Awards celebrate Chita Rivera, Boston theater greats

Broadway icon Chita Rivera (L) and Diane Paulus, artistic director...

Boston Ballet dazzles with “Chroma”

The Boston Ballet is presenting two 20th-century masterpieces by George Balanchine and a company premiere of “Chroma,” a 2006 work by Wayne McGregor, choreographer of the Royal Ballet in London.

The Boston Ballet is presenting two 20th-century masterpieces by George Balanchine and a company premiere of “Chroma,” a 2006 work by Wayne McGregor, choreographer of the Royal Ballet in London.

Matt Damon talks career, roots at Harvard ceremony

Matt Damon received the 2013 Harvard Arts Medal from the university’s president, Drew Faust, and joined an onstage conversation with fellow actor John Lithgow (’67)

All 1,100 seats in Harvard’s Sanders Theater were filled last month when Matt Damon received the 2013 Harvard Arts Medal from the university’s president, Drew Faust, and joined an onstage conversation with fellow actor John Lithgow (’67). After graduating from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in 1988, Damon went on to study at Harvard, majoring in English. Leaving to take occasional acting jobs, he attended Harvard on and off until 1992. In the spring of 1993, he departed without graduating to pursue a film career in Los Angeles. Accompanied by his childhood friends Ben and Casey Affleck, Damon carried with him 40 pages of a screenplay that became “Good Will Hunting.”

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Matt Damon talks career, roots at Harvard ceremony

Actors John Lithgow (left) and Matt Damon at Harvard’s Sanders Theater last month. (Jon Chase photo)...

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Boston Ballet dazzles with “Chroma”

The Boston Ballet is presenting two 20th-century masterpieces by George Balanchine and...

MIT honors late band leader Herb Pomeroy at moving memorial concert

Revered jazz trumpeter, band leader and educator Herb Pomeroy once urged an audience to toss out their CDs and instead, go out and “see live jazz.”

Revered jazz trumpeter, band leader and educator Herb Pomeroy once urged an audience to toss out their CDs and instead, go out and “see live jazz.” Pomeroy made the remark in 2005 while taking part in a panel at the Berklee School of Music, where he taught for 41 years. While teaching at Berklee, he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and from 1963 to 1985 he directed its band and developed its formal jazz program.

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MIT honors late band leader Herb Pomeroy at moving memorial concert

The MIT 2013 Alumni Band performs at the 50th Anniversary Gala and 6th Annual Herb Pomeroy...

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Hugh Masekela melds S. Africa, jazz in cathartic Hub show

South African musician Hugh Masekela and his five-member ensemble delighted a crowd at the Berklee...

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Harvard honors retiring band director at celebratory show

Retiring band director Tom Everett and Don Braden (‘85) at the Sanders Theatre on Saturday, April...

Harvard honors retiring band director at celebratory show

Tom Everett created, over 40 years as director of bands at Harvard University, a home for jazz on the Cambridge campus

Tom Everett created, over 40 years as director of bands at Harvard University, a home for jazz on the Cambridge campus. Generations of Harvard students and the public experienced jazz through intimate encounters with many of the greatest living players. Everett retired in February and at Harvard's Sanders Theatre Saturday night, nearly 1,000 of his former students, colleagues and friends attended a celebratory concert.

‘Book of Mormon’ marks new chapter for ‘South Park’ duo

A tale about a pair of Mormon missionaries undergoing growing pains en route to adulthood into a musical comedy “The Book of Mormon,” winner of nine 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is one of

A tale about a pair of Mormon missionaries undergoing growing pains en route to adulthood into a musical comedy “The Book of Mormon,” winner of nine 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is one of the hottest tickets on Broadway.

Harvard honors retiring band director at celebratory show

Tom Everett created, over 40 years as director of bands at Harvard University, a home...

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‘Book of Mormon’ marks new chapter for ‘South Park’ duo

“The Book of Mormon” brings its first national tour to the Boston Opera House. (Joan Marcus...

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Age-old fairy tale enchants with grace, timeless beauty

Youthful Misa Kuranaga is Princess Aurora in Boston Ballet’s “The Sleeping Beauty,” at the Boston Opera...

‘Clybourne Park’ probes race, class with satire, smart cast

The SpeakEasy Stage Company is presenting the Boston premiere of “Clybourne Park” at the Calderwood Pavilion in the Boston Center for the Arts through April 6.

The SpeakEasy Stage Company is presenting the Boston premiere of “Clybourne Park” at the Calderwood Pavilion in the Boston Center for the Arts through April 6. Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara with sets by Cristina Todesco and costumes by Mary Lauve, the staging is as strong as the seven-member cast, who reincarnate as a new set of characters as they move from Act I to Act II. By using the same actors in both acts, Norris underscores his sardonic view that little has changed over 50 years when it comes to barriers of race, class and money.

Huntington Theatre Company's - Hansbury's Classic

“A Raisin in the Sun,” at the BU Theatre in Boston through April 7.

“Bitter?” says Walter Lee Younger in the powerful Huntington t Company production of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 masterpiece, “A Raisin in the Sun,” at the BU Theatre in Boston through April 7. “Man, I’m a volcano.”

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‘Clybourne Park’ probes race, class with satire, smart cast

Philana Mia, Michael Kaye, Marvelyn McFarlane and DeLance Minifee in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage...

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Keona Welch, Ashley Everage and Kimberly Scott in the Huntington Theatre Company production of Lorraine Hansberry’s...

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Choreographer brings gravity, pathos, grace to ‘All Kylián'

Pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama with Boston Ballet dancers John Lam and Lia Cirio in Jirí Kylián’s...

Visual surprises, emotional truths in ART’s “Menagerie”

Visual surprises, emotional truths in ART’s “Menagerie”

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Visual surprises, emotional truths in ART’s “Menagerie”

The classic Tennessee Williams play “The Glass Menagerie,” an ode to the...

Play serves up physical comedy, romance, tradition

“The Servant of Two Masters,” he borrowed from a theatrical tradition that used gags not only to entertain but also to expose injustice, hypocrisy and class pretensions. The exuberant Yale Repertory Theatre production of the play that was at the Paramount Center Mainstage through Sunday, a presentation of ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage, was content to jab the funny bone and offer a valentine to the joys of theater.

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Play serves up physical comedy, romance, tradition

A scene from the Yale Repertory Theatre production of the 18th-century masterpiece, “The Servant Of...

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MFA exhibit traces life, artistic legacy of Loïs Mailou Jones

Loïs Mailou Jones’ “Glyphs,” a 1985 acrylic on canvas on display at the Museum of Fine...

Glover’s ‘SoLe Sanctuary’ honors artistic ancestors

Glover’s ‘SoLe Sanctuary’ honors artistic ancestors

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Glover’s ‘SoLe Sanctuary’ honors artistic ancestors

Tap artist Savion Glover brought his latest production “SoLe Sanctuary” to Boston. (Lois Greenfield photo) ...

Wilder’s “Our Town” still resonates on stage

Wilder’s “Our Town” still resonates on stage

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Wilder’s “Our Town” still resonates on stage

Therese Plaehn, David Cromer, and Derrick Trumbly in the Huntington Theatre Company production of Thornton Wilder’s...

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‘Radio Show’ broadcasts stories of loss, connection

Kyle Abraham (left) and dancer Amber Lee Parker in “The Radio Show.” (Steven Schreiber photo) ...

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Jazz legend Don Byron melds musical genres

Don Byron switched from tenor saxaphone to clarinet Saturday night. (Dave Weiland photo) ...

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