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Marco Rizo papers

Title
Marco Rizo papers, 1938-1999, (bulk 1950-1998)
Author
Rizo, Marco.
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Folder 1-38Mixed materialUse in library *ZB-4377 r. 1 Folder 1-38Performing Arts Research Collections - Music
Folder 39-100Mixed materialUse in library *ZB-4377 r. 2 Folder 39-100Performing Arts Research Collections - Music
Folder 101-160Mixed materialUse in library *ZB-4377 r. 3 Folder 101-160Performing Arts Research Collections - Music
Folder 161-188Mixed materialUse in library *ZB-4377 r. 4 Folder 161-188Performing Arts Research Collections - Music
Folder 189-231Mixed materialUse in library *ZB-4377 r. 5 Folder 189-231Performing Arts Research Collections - Music
Folder 232-297Mixed materialUse in library *ZB-4377 r. 6 Folder 232-297Performing Arts Research Collections - Music
Folder 298-344Mixed materialUse in library *ZB-4377 r. 7 Folder 298-344Performing Arts Research Collections - Music
Folder 44a-279a (Oversize)Mixed materialUse in library *ZB-4377 r. 8 Folder 44a-279a (Oversize)Performing Arts Research Collections - Music
Box 1Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 03-2 Box 1Offsite
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 03-2 Box 2Offsite
Box 3Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 03-2 Box 3Offsite
Box 4Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 03-2 Box 4Offsite
Box 5Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 03-2 Box 5Offsite
Box 6Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 03-2 Box 6Offsite
Box 7Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 03-2 Box 7Offsite
Box 8Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 03-2 Box 8Offsite
Box 9Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 03-2 Box 9Offsite
Box 10Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 03-2 Box 10Offsite
Box 11Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 03-2 Box 11Offsite
Box 12Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 03-2 Box 12Offsite

Details

Additional Authors
Arnaz, Desi, 1917-1986.
Description
13.43 linear ft. (28 boxes)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Clippings.
  • Photographs.
  • Programs.
  • Scores.
Source (note)
  • Rizo, Vilma
Biography (note)
  • Perfomer, composer, and arranger, Marco Rizo was born in Santiago, Cuba in 1920.
Language (note)
  • Some materials in the Concert programs and promotional material series and the Clippings series are in Spanish.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Call Number
JPB 03-2
Author
Rizo, Marco.
Title
Marco Rizo papers, 1938-1999, (bulk 1950-1998)
Summary
The Marco Rizo papers contain a large amount of ephemera from Rizo's career, much of it in the form of concert programs, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Some of this material is in Spanish. There is little evidence of Rizo's personal life documented in the collection, but some insight into his own experiences may be found in the manuscript drafts of the various, unpublished biographies of Desi Arnaz on which he worked. The other materials in the collection are distinctly professional in nature. Also included is an extensive set of scores that documents Rizo's work as an arranger and composer; many of these items are also available on microfilm. The collection is not truly comprehensive, as major parts of Rizo's career (for example, his work as the musical director for the I Love Lucy program) are not well represented.
Biography
Perfomer, composer, and arranger, Marco Rizo was born in Santiago, Cuba in 1920. Coming from a musical family, Rizo studied popular and classical music forms from an early age and he had become an accomplished classical pianist by the age of sixteen. In 1938 he moved to Havana where he joined that city's Philharmonic. He immigrated to the United States in 1940 and continued his studies at Juilliard until 1942, when he joined the war effort as a performer in the 2nd Army Military Band. After World War II, his childhood friend, Desi Arnaz, invited Rizo to join his band on tour. This engagement would evolve into the position of musical director on the I Love Lucy show for its entire run (1951-1957). During these years he continued his musical training at UCLA, working under Igor Stravinsky and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Rizo also arranged songs for a great number of personalities, as well as motion picture studios. In the early 1970s, one of Rizo's jobs was as the musical director, and sometimes performer, for the Royal Viking Line cruise ships. During the 1980s Rizo established the South American Music Project, Inc., an outreach program designed to teach public school students about Latin music. Rizo's prolific career as a composer and arranger generated some thirty records and he remained an active performer into his later years. His last album, titled Habaneras, was released shortly before his death in 1998.
Language
Some materials in the Concert programs and promotional material series and the Clippings series are in Spanish.
Indexes
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
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Occupation
Arrangers (Musicians)
Composers.
Music teachers.
Added Author
Arnaz, Desi, 1917-1986.
Research Call Number
JPB 03-2
*ZB-4377 [Microfilm]
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