On this site, you can search The New York Public Library's vast holdings, initiate a research visit, submit a query to an archivist, and access digitized material.
Made possible with generous support from The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust, The Polonsky Foundation, and The Hermione Foundation.
Marco Rizo was born in Santiago, Cuba, in 1920. His father Sebastian, the principal flutist with the Santiago Symphony, provided Rizo with his early music education. In addition to playing with his father’s jazzband, Rizo studied classical music, and became an important classical pianist by the age of 16. In 1938 he moved to Havana where he joined the city’s Philharmonic as the official pianist. He then immigrated to the United States in 1940, and studied at Juilliard until 1942, when he joined the war effort as a performer in the 2d Army Military Band.
After World War II, his childhood friend, Desi Arnaz, invited Rizo to join his band on tour. This engagement evolved into Rizo’s work on I Love Lucy as the musical director, a position he held for the entire run of the television series (1951-1957). During these years he continued his musical training at UCLA, working under Igor Stravinsky and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Rizo’s career also centered on the arrangement of music, and he 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 Sea cruise ship. During the 1980s Rizo established the South American Music Project, Inc., through which his band visited public schools in New York City (as well as other locales) to teach children about Latin music. His programs enabled each student to learn how to play a Latin percussion instrument, and learn how to play as a group. Recitals were often held to showcase the children’s love of this music.
Rizo’s prolific career as a composer and arranger generated 30 albums, and he was an active performer into his later years. His last album, titled Habaneras, consisted of Cuban classical music, and it was released shortly before his death on September 8, 1998.
Ken Dewey Collection... contains project files, photographs and slides, and writings that represent Dewey's work as a director, film maker, performance artist, and writer; files that represent Dewey'...
Century Foundation records... date from 1906 to 2010 and document its predecessor organization, The Cooperative League, its founding as the Twentieth Century Fund, and the organization's work through...
Stuart Ostrow papers... chiefly document his professional life. These papers demonstrate the deep commitment Ostrow had to the theater not just as a business, but as an art form. His drive to support...
Henri-Pierre Roché letters to Jeanne Robert FosterLetters from French avant-garde artist Henri-Pierre Roché to American poet and art aficionado Jeanne Robert Foster from 1924 to 1925 and 195...
September 11th Fund records... consist of electronic and paper files. The bulk of the records are electronic. Users should consult both the electronic and the paper records to gain a full understandi...