Percussion clinic, concert set for YSU

Percussionists Gene Koshinski and Ben Toth will play a recital and lead a rhythm clinic Monday at Youngstown State University.

Koshinski, assistant professor of percussion at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, has delighted audiences worldwide with his dynamic performances and creative programming. He won the National MTNA Percussion Competition in Cincinnati in 2002 and finished in third place in 2004 in the 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. His playing can be heard on the Emmy award-winning soundtrack, “A Century of NFL,” for NFL Films.

Toth, professor of percussion at The Hartt School at University of Hartford, has presented concerts, radio and television broadcasts, master classes and children’s programs worldwide. He has performed 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.

The duo will lead a hands-on rhythm clinic for all musicians from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Bliss Recital Hall, followed by a concert at 8 p.m. in the recital hall. The concert will feature original compositions by Koshinski as well as a piece by John Bergamo.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-941-3636.