Dr. Bruno Leone, Adored Senior Summer School Professor, Will Be Enlightening Students With His Lectures And Piano Performances In Madison And San Diego This Summer

Share Article

Over the past few years,Senior Summer School participants have had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Bruno Leone, the entertaining – in more ways than one! – professor of intellectual history and performs piano concerts.

Dr. Bruno Leone

"Senior Summer School is a great program, and I tell you, the people you meet there are first class. These aren’t people who retired to watch TV. They’re a bright, engaged group and they come to these programs because they relish learning."

Bruno came to Senior Summer School after he was approached to teach in San Diego a few years ago. “I thought, ‘Why not? It sounds like fun.’ And if I hated it, I didn’t ever have to do it again.” Bruno comments. Nearly ten years later, he’s still a part of the program.

He continues,“Senior Summer School is a great program, and I tell you, the people you meet there are first class. These aren’t people who retired to watch TV. They’re a bright, engaged group and they come to these programs because they relish learning. I appreciate that. Most of them are well-educated and fun to meet, and their minds are truly like sponges. They ask challenging questions and keep me on my toes. I really enjoy my time at Senior Summer School.”

Senior Summer School has been lucky to have Bruno in two of their signature locations, San Diego and Madison, and in two capacities. Not only does he teach classes in his favorite discipline, intellectual history, but he also treats the group to an entertaining piano concert that’s really more like musical lectures. Bruno explains, “I play music – a lot of ‘Golden Age of Broadway’ pieces, Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein, Rogers and Hart, like that. And then I tell some funny stories about the business, some behind-the-scenes things I’ve heard or read here and there. I refer to it as ‘the mud and the glitter.’ The audience enjoys it, and it allows me to share that Piano Man part of me with the Senior Summer School crowd.”

Bruno started life in Brooklyn, NY and made his way as a young adult to Hollywood, with the intention of being a studio piano player for the movies. “That didn’t quite come about, but I did make a lot of connections there, and I was always working,” Bruno says. Some of these connections he so modestly refers to may sound familiar – Mel Tormé, for instance. “I traveled around a lot, touring. I enjoyed the life, but I was getting older. I got married, my wife got pregnant and I knew that wasn’t a life for a family. It was time for a change.”

Around that time, Bruno’s father took a job in Phoenix, AZ, so Bruno and his family moved there. He took a steady piano job at a supper club and enrolled at Arizona State University. “I was an older student, but it worked out well. I enjoyed it. I majored in history, with minors in anthropology and political theory, which ultimately led me to the field I’ve been in since – intellectual history, which is sort of a combination of all of those disciplines. How nations and civilizations formed, on what philosophical and intellectual bases, and the influence of all of those things on history through the ages.”

After a long and satisfying professional journey, he maintains a youthful attitude toward adventure. He’s currently working on a novel, fiction being a new frontier for Bruno, not to mention the current Wild West atmosphere of today’s publishing industry. But as with most things he’s encountered, he’s enjoying the ride.

And the Senior Summer School audience loves him. Bruno is a perennial favorite, and they are so lucky to know him and to know he enjoys being part of their community.

For more about the 2012 Senior Summer School programs in San Diego, CA; Providence, RI; Eugene, OR; Albuquerque, NM; and Madison, WI please contact Program Director Tina Fouts at info(at)seniorsummerschool(dot)com or 800-847-2466, or visit seniorsummerschool.com.

###

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Tina Fouts
Senior Summer School
800-847-2466
Email >
Visit website