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Music Lectures

The Life and Music of Cole Porter

Presented by Bruno Leone: Pianist, Singer, Storyteller


Wednesday, March 17, 2020

All lectures begin at 7:30 PM.


“Where words fail, music speaks.”—Hans Christian Andersen


Cole Porter holds a special place in the history of the Broadway musical. Not only was he a composer par excellence, but also many consider him Broadway’s finest lyricist. Pianist, humorist, and raconteur Bruno Leone will play, sing, and chat his way through the music, lyrics, and life of this great American icon. Mr. Leone’s performance will focus on Porter’s singular contribution to musical comedy and illustrate how and why Porter’s music was simply an extension of the composer’s unique and flamboyant lifestyle.


Leone performs throughout the United States, where he celebrates the lives and music of America’s most heralded composers and lyricists. Leone’s performances capture the legends and folklore of American popular music in a way achieved by few entertainers. A feature article in the San Diego Union-Tribune praised Mr. Leone’s “remarkable skill of combining the classroom with the concert hall to create musical stories that actually enliven his audience.”


About Bruno Leone:

Bruno Leone studied piano and began his musical career in the 1960s in New York City. Although he went on to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in history and began teaching at the university level, he continued to perform throughout the United States at numerous venue, including the Cunard and Crystal Cruise lines. During his musical career, he has accompanied such greats as Mel Tormé and Billy Daniels and has recorded five CDs: Pure Broadway, Pure Cinema, Pure Romance, Pure Classics, and Pure Christmas. His recordings are available at &


Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

1008 Wall Street

La Jolla, CA 92037

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Individual tickets: $17 member / $22 nonmember




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