This year marks the centennial of American women’s right to vote, and Pasadena-based production house Clazzical Notes is celebrating it with a free Zoom-based program, “Women Rise!” honoring some of the lesser-known lights of the women’s suffrage movement.
The program is scheduled to stream on Sunday, October 18, starting at 5 p.m., supported by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.
“Women Rise!” is a commemoration of the right to vote through music, dance and spoken word. It is an all-musical salute to the women, artists and others who fought for women’s right to vote.
Clazzical Notes producer and founder, Jerri Price-Gaines, said the celebration will draw on different disciplines.
“Our performers will use song, dance, and the spoken word to introduce us to heroines whose names we may not recognize,” Price-Gaines said. “Art is such a powerful tool. What better way to reveal the strength, courage and resilience of these women!”
Among Sunday’s guests on “Women Rise!” include vocalist Shana Blake Hill, ballet dancer Brittany Daniels, praise and worship vocalist Nia Allen, arts executive and musician Rachel Fine, TV personality and MC Gigi Yam, actor/comedian, producer and acting coach Dee Dee Stephens, dizi (Chinese bamboo flute player Josie Hung, actor Gabriela Bonet, and pianist, collaborator, and music director/conductor Charlie Kim.
The discussion will be moderated by Rachel Fine.
“Women Rise!” will honor women’s rights activists including abolitionist and women’s suffrage leader Frances Ellen Watkins (1825-1911), former slave Sojourner Truth (1797-1883), composer Amy Beach (1867-1944), feminist writer María Jesús Alvarado Rivera (1878-1971), and Chinese suffragist Mabel Ping-Hua Lee (1896-1966).