The Dayton Music Club, the Dayton Guitar Society, and Wright Library are once again sponsoring a classical guitar concert in celebration of National Music Week. The concert features the classical guitar duo of Connor Barney and Mike Reardon, both graduate students at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. They will play works by Scarlatti, Barrios and de Falla.
Native Ohioans Mike and Connor met while studying together at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Coincidentally, they both ended up at Indiana University pursuing guitar degrees. Quite naturally, they formed a duo that has gone on to be extensively coached by Indiana University professors. They have performed in over 50 concerts together around the Tri-State area.
Connor Barney holds a BM in Guitar from Wright State University, where he extensively studied with his childhood teacher, Jim McCutcheon. Connor attended the Aspen Music Festival (twice) with the Julliard Guitar Professor and Founder, Sharon Isbin. As well as, the La Guitarra Festival hosted in Granada, Spain where he performed in concerts and masterclasses for Pepe Romero, and the LAGQ. Connor earned his MM in Guitar from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Currently, he is continuing his education at Indiana University as an Associate Instructor, pursuing a DM under the Guitar Chairman, Ernesto Bitetti. Connor spends his time playing concerts, teaching classes, arranging music, studying, and on the less busy weekends, he can be "found" riding his motorcycle.
Michael Reardon is a guitarist from the Bloomington, Indiana area, who focuses mainly on performing and teaching. Michael has been playing music since the age of 8 and is currently studying classical guitar with Ernesto Bitetti, jazz guitar with Dave Stryker and is teaching as an Associate Instructor at the Indiana Jacobs School of Music. Some of the venues he has performed at include: Auer Hall, Bliss Hall, Marry Emery Hall, The Chatterbox jazz club, Buskirk-Chumley Theater and many more.