Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music presents a percussion recital titled “Blending Traditions” at 8 p.m. Monday, April 1, in Bliss Recital Hall, featuring guest percussion artists Gene Koshinski and Ben Toth.
Koshinski, assistant professor of Percussion at the University of Minnesota Duluth, has delighted audiences worldwide with his dynamic performances and creative programming. In demand as a solo and chamber musician, he has performed worldwide. In 2002, Koshinski won the National MTNA Percussion Competition in Cincinnati, and in 2004 he finished 3rd in the prestigious Universal Marimba Duo Competition in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. As a composer, Koshinski was named the recipient of the 2012 ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize for best new score for large ensemble for his work Concerto for Marimba and Choir. Koshinski has worked with many notable performing organizations and artists including NFL Films, Late Show with David Letterman, Mary Wilson (the Supremes), David Samuels, Wycliffe Gordon, Philadelphia Boys Choir, The Lettermen, Hartford Symphony, Minnesota Ballet, and is currently section percussionist for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and a member of Nebojsa Zivkovic’s Jovan Perkussion Projekt. For his work with NFL Films, he can be heard on the Emmy award-winning soundtrack, A Century of NFL.
Toth, professor of Percussion at The Hartt School, University of Hartford, has also presented concerts, radio and television broadcasts, master classes, and children’s programs worldwide. Among his performance credits: Percussion Group Cincinnati, Nebojsa Zivkovic’s Jovan Percussion Projekt, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Goodspeed Opera House, Hartford Stage, Bushnell Theater, and the Jimmy Dorsey Band. He has performed at a variety of venues including 11 appearances at the Society International Conventions and the 2000 Panorama (Trinidad National Steel Band Competition).
The duo will perform original compositions by Koshinski as well as a piece by John Bergamo.
The duo also will present “Ritmicas – ‘Hands On’ Rhythm Clinic for All Musicians,” 4 to 6 p.m. April 1 in Bliss Recital Hall.
Both events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee. For more information, call 330-941-3636.