Pianist Dieran Manning will play a free midday concert March 26 in Ellsworth with his mother, Deirdre McArdle. The concert is sponsored by the Ellsworth Community Music Institute. PHOTO COURTESY OF ELLSWORTH COMMUNITY MUSIC INSTITUTE

Mother-son duo to perform

ELLSWORTH — Deirdre McArdle, flute, and Deiran Manning, piano, will play a midday concert at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, at the Moore Community Center.

This concert is sponsored by the Ellsworth Community Music Institute with help from the city of Ellsworth. The mother-son duo will perform works by Bach, Melanie Bonis and Gottschalk.


Daughter of Irish-American painter Patrick McArdle, flutist Deirdre McArdle is the founder of the Winter Harbor Music Festival, the former executive director of Harbor Music, the manager of the orchestra of the 92nd Street Y and a board member of the New York Flute Club.

New York Times music critic Tim Page has called McArdle “…a virtuosic flutist with an unusually full and lustrous tone.” The London Cadenza Society has called her, “America’s answer to James Galway.”

An avid chamber music player, McArdle has had notable performances with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has served on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music, her alma mater, and Bowdoin College.

A Maine native, Deiran Manning spent his formative years in New York City at LaGuardia High School, eventually earning his undergraduate and master’s degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His teachers include pianists Edmund Battersby, Edward Auer, Karen Shaw, Jeffrey Swann and baritone Wolfgang Brendel.

As a singer, Manning has performed with various companies. He regularly works as a vocal coach in the New York area. Manning has also worked at New York University as adjunct professor of piano.

He was won the Stanza Governor’s Prize in Composition, LISSMA International Piano Competition, Children’s Foundation for the Arts, Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition and the Ira Gershwin award.

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