Chautauqua Women's Club
Edward Barnes


The Tina Turner Story

Featuring Composer/Producer Edward Barnes


$75 per person

Hors d’oeuvres & Wine Reception from 5:00pm-5:30pm; Lecture Starts at 5:30pm.


Known as the “Queen of Rock ‘n Roll,” Tina Turner was one of the most successful and admired pop-rock artists in American history. A singer, songwriter and actress, she rose from humble beginnings as the daughter of a Tennessee sharecropper to become one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, with over 100 million records sold. Edward Barnes tracks Tina’s professional and personal ups and downs, from her initial success with husband Ike on hits like “River Deep, Mountain High” (1966) and “Proud Mary” (1971); through her struggles to establish herself as a solo artist in the mid-70s, with appearances on “The Hollywood Squares,” “The Brady Bunch” and the film version of The Who’s “Tommy” to staging one of the greatest come-backs of all time with a stylistic evolution into international dance pop and the mega-hits “Private Dancer” (1983) “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” (1984) and “We Don’t Need Another Hero” (1985). This lecture examines Tina’s voice, her technical approach to singing, the musical elements of her style, and the business dealings which dealt her both financial blows and astronomical success.

about edward barnes:

Edward Barnes is an award-winning composer, producer and non-profit executive leader. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he is the winner of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, and the Stephen Sondheim Award for “the creation of innovative musical theater.” His opera, musical theater, and theater scores have been produced by L.A. Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lincoln Center Theater Company, Minnesota Opera, Mark Taper Forum, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Virginia Opera, Opera Company of the Philippines, Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis and many more. As a producer, Edward’s credits include Tracy Letts’ play, Superior Donuts, on 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 cast recordings of Kurt Weill’s Knickerbocker Holiday (Ghostlight/Sh-k-boom Records) and The Road of Promise (Naxos Records). He additionally has been Associate Producer for Teatro Paseo La Plaza in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and music producer of radio shows for Night Kitchen Radio Theater, SiriusXM, and WYNC/The Greene Space in New York City. A leading non-profit administrator, Edward has served as Executive Director of Gotham Chamber Opera, Producing Director of MasterVoices, and Managing Director of American Lyric Theater. A popular teacher and public speaker, he has for 10 years led sold-out seminars on musical theater and popular music at RoundTable Cultural Seminars in New York and is now on the faculty of the Juilliard School.