Sue Giles has been making a strong impression in New York and New Jersey area as a solid jazz and blues vocalist turning heads and winning fans. She will headline a special performance and benefit 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon August 26 in the YWCA Princeton’s new Black Box Theater, in celebration of Women’s Equality Day.
Sue Giles will honor our nation’s foremothers: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and New Jersey’s own Alice Paul, who were triumphant in their pursuit of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. She will honor them via a musical presentation of selections from some of our leading musical foremothers – written by female composers of music from the 1800’s through today’s popular artists.
Accompanying Giles is Scott Trent, son of legendary local Barbara Trent. A brilliant, multi-faceted pianist in his own right, Trent’s contributions to the performance promise to shine just as bright.
A gifted voice combined with an improvisational approach, Sue Giles’ performances are powerful and memorable. Audiences young and old should be prepared to be transfixed as she takes them from soulful and smooth, to lively, heartfelt and funky as she chronicles the history of the women’s movement through the fresh versions of classics and modern day selections.
Giles, a former director of the Trenton Community Music School, engages young and old in this multicultural, multi-generational event sure to delight. “The universality of music brings people together,” states Giles. “I enjoy creating an appreciation of the arts beyond music.”
In her jazz performance, Giles’ will share glimpses of women throughout the decades through her musical selections and stories. She will share how melodies, stories, and time are fused to create music that bind women and history.
When asked about the connection she sees between women today and of yesteryear, Giles feels that many of the same struggles still exist. She believes women continue to be nurturers by instinct, even in the workplace, although access to education has served to empower women in new ways.
“We are pleased to commemorate this special day in history and celebrate all women,” shares Diane Hasili, YWCA Princeton spokesperson. “As part of a global movement, the YWCA stands alongside millions of women around world every day.”
The Homewood Suites of Princeton has created a specially priced package which includes two tickets to the jazz performance in addition to deluxe accommodations all weekend long in honor of YWCA Princeton’s Women’s Equality Day. For additional information, contact the Homewood Suites sales office at (609) 720-0550 ext. 6007 and mention “equality”.
Tickets for this one-time performance are $25 for adults; $15 for children 14 and under. They may be purchased in advance at www.ywcaprinceton.org, by calling (609) 497-2100 x307, and or at the door. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged due to limited seating.