Soprano Ayse Underhill sings songs of America at the Carmel Valley Library

February’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be presented on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in the library’s community room. It will feature soprano Ayse Underhill and mezzo-soprano Georgetta Psaros in a program of songs of America by Stephen Foster, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, and others. They will be accompanied by pianist John Danke. The program will last 45 minutes.

Ayse Underhill was born in Turkey and showed interest in music and unquestionable talent at a very early age. She began performing on Turkish radio at the age of 8. She has a fine arts degree from Robert College in Istanbul and a Piano Performance Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. After graduation she began performing as a piano soloist with orchestras and giving piano recitals on the East Coast, including several special concerts at MIT and Harvard. She continued performing after she moved to Del Mar and opened her own studio there where she teaches piano technique, interpretation, and music theory. She also teaches her students about the lives of the composers and the history of the period in which they lived. After an arm injury she began giving vocal recitals. Her repertoire includes songs of many countries and peoples under the theme One World, One People. She has performed at many libraries and other venues in the San Diego area and has been the principal soprano and soprano section leader for St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar. She is presently organizing a concert series there celebrating and reviving the much neglected art song repertoire.

Georgetta Psaros had an extensive career in Europe before coming to the United States. She was a principal performer at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, and Wigmore Hall under many conductors including such as Carlo Maria Giulini, Otto Klemperer, Charles Mackerras, and Pierre Boulez. She also gave lieder recitals and appeared as an oratorio soloist in England, France, Germany, and Switzerland. After her Carnegie Hall debut she became a soloist with the Roger Wagner Chorale, touring the United States, Japan, China, and Korea. Georgetta is currently a recitalist, church and oratorio soloist, and voice teacher in Southern California.

John Danke was born in Canada where he won numerous piano competitions there at an early age. After coming to the United States he earned a bachelor of arts degree in music theory and composition from Chapman University and has since performed extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada as a solo recitalist and accompanist. He is now a resident of Carlsbad and an organist and keyboardist in several churches in the North County area. He also accompanies vocalists throughout Southern California.

The library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. For more information, call (858) 552-1668.