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Music Lectures

The Colorful World of Rodgers and Hart

Presented by Bruno Leone: Pianist, Singer, Storyteller


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

All lectures begin at 7:30 PM.


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


Bruno Leone returns to the Athenaeum on March 12 to present The Colorful World of Rodgers and Hart. One of the most successful songwriting teams in the history of Broadway, for a quarter of a century Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart created many of Broadway’s most celebrated and pioneering shows. However, their musical collaboration and personal relationship was as tumultuous as their musicals were successful. Join extraordinary pianist and raconteur Bruno Leone as he plays, sings, and recounts with engaging narratives one of the most creative, brilliant, yet troubled musical collaborations in American popular music.


A widely acclaimed pianist and storyteller, Bruno Leone’s performances are an audience-appealing blend of American popular music and folklore offered with the performer’s distinctive combination of music and narration. 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 1960’s in New York City. Although he later 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. During his musical career, he has accompanied such greats as Mel Tormé and Billy Daniels and has recorded 5 CDs which include Pure Broadway, Pure Cinema, Pure Romance, Pure Classics and Pure Christmas. His recordings are available at: &



Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

1008 Wall Street

La Jolla, CA 92037



Individual tickets: $17 member / $22 nonmember


Online tickets are subject to ticketing fees.