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

with Edward Barnes / In Person

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


6 In-Person Sessions


Sept 23 – Dec 9, 2021

10:30am – 11:45 am EST


2:00pm – 3:15 pm EST


Session 1: SEPT 23

THE CARTER-CASH FAMILY: June Carter, Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash

Genres:  Folk, Gospel, Bluegrass, Country-Western, Rockabilly & Rock

Session 2: OCT 7


Session 3: OCT 21

THE JACKSON FAMILY: The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson.

Genres:  R&B, Soul, Funk, Pop, Rock, Disco, Industrial.

Session 4: NOV 4


Session 5: NOV 18

THE McGARRIGLE-WAINWRIGHT-ROCHE-COHEN FAMILY, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, Leonard Cohen.

Genres:  Folk, Pop, Opera

Session 6: DEC 9


Meet the moderator

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 & 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).  Learn more.

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