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1932 - 2013
Marilyn's life was filled with music. After studying opera at USC her career began in NYC with lead roles in the national companies of My Fair Lady, where she was the second American to play Eliza Doolittle, and The Music Man, where she portrayed Marion the Librarian. She played these and other leading roles opposite distinguished actors such as Forrest Tucker and Eddie Albert. In Washington, Ms. Savage performed regularly with Roberta Flack at Mr. Henry's Restaurant.
Ms. Savage relocated to LA in 1969 where she shifted her interest to classical music. A critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano, she performed with the National Symphony, Lincoln Center, the LA Chamber Orchestra, the St. Louis and Seattle Symphonies, the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Waterloo Festival. A self described "Bach Freak" she soloed at the LA, ORE, Carmel & Nuremberg Bach Festivals.
She founded the LA Chamber Orchestra Bach Soloists and toured Asia with the Roger Wagner Chorale
Scoffing at retirement, Ms. Savage continued voice teaching, where she taught privately in her Pasadena home and on the faculty of Pepperdine University and LACC.
She is survived by daughter Juliet Savage of Pasadena, Son Henry (Kathleen) Savage, and grandchildren, Charlotte and Will of Charleston, SC. Donations may be made to savethechildren.org.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Nov. 5, 2013