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Edward Barnes is an award-winning producer and composer.  His work has been seen on and off-Broadway, in concert halls, opera houses and theaters around the world.  A graduate of the Juilliard School, he is the winner of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, the Stephen Sondheim Award for “innovative musical theater,” and has been a resident artist at Ucross (Wyoming), Fundación Valparaíso (Spain), and the Instituto Sacatar (Brazil). 

Edward’s producing credits include Tracy Letts’ play, Superior Donuts, on Broadway, You Are Here for NyLon Fusion Collective off-Broadway, Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall (starring Jane Fonda, Nathan Gunn and Victoria Clark), Gordon’s A Coffin In Egypt (starring Frederica von Stade) for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, and recordings of Kurt Weill’s Knickerbocker Holiday (Ghostlight/Sh-k-boom Records) and The Road of Promise (Naxos Records). 

Edward has served as Executive Director of Gotham Chamber Opera, Producing Director of MasterVoices, and Managing Director of American Lyric Theater. He is currently the COO of African Parks, a global non-profit which protects and manages national parks throughout the African continent.


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Musical Dynasties: Lives & Music
of America’s Greatest Pop Families

Does talent run in families? Meet three multi-talented musical families who have become dynasties. Their members are some of the most iconic voices in the history of American music. We’ll explore the story behind each family, and focus on the lives & work of three of their most distinguished members. From country-western legends, the Carter-Cash family, to the royalty of soul & pop, the Jacksons, to the eclectic folk, rock & opera artistry of the McGarrigle-Wainwright-Roche-Cohen family, we’ll journey through the business, fortunes, craft, and creativity of three highly successful, multi-genre musical clans.