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WHS grad to sing at Kreeger Museum in Washington


A Watertown native who attends Manhattan School of Music has been invited to sing at the Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C.

Alexandra T. Marilley, a 2012 graduate of Watertown High School, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the museum, named after its founders, David and Carmen Kreeger.

In 1959, Mr. and Mrs. Kreeger began to amass a formidable collection of modern art at their mansion on Foxhall Road in Washington, which is now a museum. They were both amateur musicians and often hosted concerts. Mr. Kreeger, a CEO of Geico insurance company, died in 1990 and his wife died in 2003.

The private, nonprofit Kreeger Museum opened in 1994. It often hosts exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives and collaborations that relate to the museum’s mission.

Miss Marilley, daughter of William D. and Andrea T. Marilley, Hillside Drive, is scheduled to perform for a corporate group at the museum. She is studying opera at Manhattan School of Music, recognized as one of the world’s foremost opera training programs.

Among selections Miss Marilley plans for the concert are “Quando me’n vo” from Puccini’s Opera La Bohème, “Loveliest of Trees” by John Duke, “Let It Snow!” by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne, “Winter Wonderland” by composer Felix Bernard and lyricist Richard B. Smith and “Think of Me” by Andrew Lloyd Weber.

Miss Marilley is a former student of Craig P. Sirianni, a 1979 graduate of Watertown High School and a retired internationally acclaimed operatic tenor who now coaches voice students in Watertown. He was instrumental in turning Miss Marilley toward classical music and produced the CD that allowed her to receive the callbacks for auditions to colleges.

Miss Marilley’s main instructor at the Manhattan School of Music is renowned voice teacher Patricia Misslin, a former faculty member at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

Last year, Miss Marilley sang at the New York City Opera and this past October she performed at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

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