Florida native Edward Lein (b. 1955 in Fort Piece) completed his bachelor's degree in music at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton (major professors: Richard Wright, voice/Mary Sue Barnes, music theory), and holds Master's degrees in both Music Theory (John Boda) and Library Science (Doris Clack) from The Florida State University in Tallahassee.
As a tenor soloist he appeared in recitals, oratorios and dramatic works throughout his home state. Recital repertoire included song cycles by Beethoven (An die ferne Geliebte), Schumann (Dichterliebe), Ravel (Mélodies populaires grecques), Barber (Hermit Songs) and Tippet (Songs for Ariel), and oratorio solo engagements included Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio, and Respighi's Laud to the Nativity. In addition to productions of The Pirates of Penzance (as "Frederic") and Amahl and the Night Visitors (as "King Kaspar"), dramatic highlights include "1st Rock Singer" in the Florida premiere of Bernstein's Mass, and "Prince Yamadori" in Puccini's Madama Butterfly at the International Music Festival in Miami, Florida.
Drawing on his performance experience the majority of his early compositions are vocal works, including his first substantive work, Missa pro defunctis (1991), premiered in Jacksonville, Florida by the Riverside Presbyterian Chancel Choir and members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Ed was a finalist in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's 2006 Fresh Ink composition contest, and following performances of orchestral pieces by the Symphony (Meditation for cello, oboe and orchestra, June 2006, and, In the Bleak Midwinter, December 2007), his instrumental catalog has grown largely due to requests from Symphony players for new pieces.
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Ed's translations of songs and song cycles are frequently published in music program guides in North America and Great Britain, ranging from student recitals to concerts by major orchestras, including Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Utah Symphony. He also contributes articles to the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's Encore magazine.
Ed was Music Librarian for the City of Jacksonville, Florida from June 1986 until retiring from full-time employment in July 2014. From February 2006 he has produced the Music @ Main concerts held at Jacksonville's Main Library, continuing after retirement as part-time concert coordinator. The concerts, featuring prominent musicians from throughout Florida and Georgia as well as national and international guest artists, have been the best-attended series of adult programs in the history of Jacksonville Public Library.
For more information on the Library concerts, visit jplmusic.blogspot.com.
For an article about music programs at Jacksonville Public Library, see Florida Libraries, Spring 2012 (p. 4)
For Ed's 2014 interview in Library Journal about producing the concerts, visit reviews.libraryjournal.com.