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Jose Levy Rheims

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Jose Levy Rheims was born in the town of Courcelles, France on June 7, 1858 and died on January 9, 1931 in the city of Colima in Mexico.

His parents were Cerf Levy and Sara Rheims. He completed his first studies in Paris, at the age of twelve he emigrated with his parents to the United States, settling in Santa Barbara, California where they continued their primary studies. Despite his father's interest in dedicating himself to banking activities, Levy had a vocation for music and began learning music with the violin and at sixteen he toured various towns in the United States, managing to hold the position for several years. violin concertmaster at one of the theaters in San Francisco; Some time later, he joined a variety company that toured Latin America, which is why he arrived in the city of Colima at the age of twenty, when he served as the company's orchestra director, but when it dissolved in Colima, he stayed with his wife dedicated to teaching music. Some time later he was appointed by the governor of the state of Colima, Gildardo Gómez, professor of French at the old Liceo de Varones (1882), he also taught English. Although he returned with his family to the United States. the people of Colima made proposals to Levy and took the necessary steps for him to once again serve as a teacher. He was the creator of the orchestra called "La Lira Colimense" which performed both national and foreign creations. He is considered one of the founding professors of the Colima State Mixed Normal School, appointed by Basilio Vadillo again as Professor of the French and English Language (1915), serving in that position until his death.


"Jose Levy Rheims, Violinist and Director, Dies", The San Francisco Call, January 19, 1921, p12.

"Jose Levy Rheims, The Musical Monitor", Vol. 29, No. 9 (September 1921), p.15.

"Jose Levy Rheims, A Remarkable Musician", Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 18, 1917, p. 2.

"Symphony Concerts: Sousa´s Band and First Violinist Levy Rheims in Joint Program", San Francisco Chronicle, December 11, 1910, p. 29.

"Orchestra Has New Leader", San Francisco Call, October 27, 1912, p.38.

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