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Bruno Leone

Broadway’s Fabulous Fifties…


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

All lectures begin at 7:30PM


Pianist Bruno Leone returns to the Athenaeum with an all new musical program featuring one of Broadway’s most beloved eras, The Fabulous Fifties. His performance will highlight the melodies and stories from Broadway’s greatest musicals including Kiss Me Kate (Cole Porter), The King and I (Rogers & Hammerstein), My Fair Lady (Lerner & Loewe), Gypsy (Styne & Sondheim), West Side Story (Bernstein & Sondheim) and others.


A widely acclaimed pianist and raconteur, Bruno Leone will play, sing, and chat his way through and around the lives, music, and lyrics of Broadway’s greatest composers and lyricists.


Each of Bruno Leone’s performances is an audience-appealing blend of the music and folklore of Broadway complemented by the performer’s distinctive combination of music and humor. Discover why the Union-Tribune praised his “remarkable gift of combining the classroom with the concert hall to create musical stories that actually enliven his audience.” The Athenaeum invites you to join Bruno Leone as he performs the best of Broadway’s Fabulous Fifties.


Bruno Leone has built an impressive reputation both as a pianist and a performer. His compelling arrangements of America’s great popular and Broadway songs and his lush and sensitive piano styling consistently appeal to audiences of all ages and musical preferences. Yet there is another dimension to his musical personality which equals his striking musicianship. For years he has been filling performance centers and night clubs where he combines his special brand of humor and artistry at the piano with a wealth of captivating narratives and anecdotes on the lives and times of America’s leading popular composers and lyricists. Bruno Leone studied piano in New York City where he began his musical career in the 1960s. Although he later went on to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in history and has taught (and still teaches) at the university level, he also continues performing throughout the United States. Leone has accompanied such greats as Mel Tormé and Billy Daniels and has five successful recordings: Pure Broadway, Pure Cinema, Pure Romance, Pure Classics, and Pure Christmas. Each of his recordings features an original piano composition by Bruno Leone. 


Bruno Leone Interview on KSDS' "Inside Art" Airs This Sunday At 9:30 am


Bruno Leone participated in David Drexler's weekly radio program "Inside Art." The show featuring Bruno airs this Sunday at 9:30 am on KSDS-FM, Jazz 88.3 (streaming live at and phone apps).



Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

1008 Wall Street

La Jolla, CA 92037



Individual tickets: $17 for members / $22 for nonmembers


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