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Chuck Perkins' poetry comes from the heart. Part charisma, part street, part working man's voice, part everyman reaching for the stars, Perkins' voice signifies American history in the making with fresh memories won from the civil rights movement, and hopes still to be fulfilled as America grows into its future.
Perkins is a native of New Orleans, a former U.S. Marine, and was at one time a transplantee to the industrial north of Illinois and Wisconsin where he began raising his young family. But he also kept strong ties to New Orleans, and eventually returned there, bringing his family to live near his blood relatives.
Long a favorite of audiences at Chicago's renowned Green Mill Lounge, Perkins has consistently been featured at equally respected poetry venues across the city and the region. He even MC'd the 1999 National Poetry Slams at the Chicago Theater before thousands of guests.
(Medival Christian Hymn)
Claudia Copeland received her B.A. in music from the University of California, San Diego, with an emphasis in experimental music and classical vocal and piano performance, including medieval and renaissance vocal music. She is a singer with the New Orleans Opera and Vox Feminae, the women's choir of the New Orleans early music ensemble Musica da Camera, and has performed various solo and ensemble pieces throughout New Orleans.
She will perform O viridissima virga, a mystical Catholic piece by Hildegard von Bingen, a German abbess, composer, and philosopher who lived from 1098 to 1179 A.D. A writer of theological, botanical, and medicinal texts, von Bingen stands out for her mystical vision of Catholic spirituality, and in this piece expresses the Virgin Mary as a green branch, with rich imagery of new life blossoming forth in the spring season, fertility, radiant light, and the earth.