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Ben Toth & Gene Koshinski

“BLENDING TRADITIONS” A program of contemporary music that combines elements of Western and non-Western Music

3.24.13 Penn State University 2:30pm/7:30pm

3.26.13 Capital University 8:00pm

3.27.13 University of Dayton 10:00am/1:00pm/2:00pm

3.29.13 Ohio University 11:50am/7:30pm

4.1.13 Youngstown State University 4:00pm/8:00pm

4.2.13 University of Akron 1:00pm/8:00pm

1 April 2013, Bliss Recital Hall, 8PM


Impressions of Chinese Opera (2012) Gene Koshinski (b. 1980)

I. Chang he Zuo

II. Nian


Piru Bole (1974) John Bergamo (b. 1940)


And So the Wind Blew…(2009) Gene Koshinski

Song and Dance (2009)

I. Song of the Metals

II. Dance of the Drums

*The second half of the program is performed continuously without a break.

Benjamin Toth

Benjamin Toth, Professor of Percussion at

The Hartt School, University of Hartford,

has presented concerts, radio and

television broadcasts, master classes, and

children’s programs throughout Europe

and the United States, as well as in Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan,

and Trinidad. His performances have been described as “tour de force”

(Gramophone), “riveting” (New York Times), “absolutely precise”

(Marburger Neue Zeitung), “hugely virtuosic” (BBC magazine), “aweinspiring”

(Saginaw News), and “breathtaking” (Cleveland Plain

Dealer). Toth’s varied musical interests are reflected in his

performance credits, highlights of which include: 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.

His performance venues, spanning five continents, have included

Ravinia, the Walker Arts Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, Hong Kong

Cultural Centre, Dagbe Arts Centre (Ghana), the Encontro Internacional

de Percussao (Brazil), International Percussion Workshop (Poland),

Festival Bicich Nastroju (Czech Republic), June in Buffalo festival

(with Steve Reich), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany),

Glasbeni Maj v Pomurju festival (Slovenia), Nomus Music Festivities

(Serbia), the Lithuanian National Philharmonic concert series, the

College Band Directors National Association national convention,

Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (eleven appearances,

including collaborations with Herbert Brun and John Cage), and the

2000 Panorama (Trinidad National Steel Band Competition). He has

recorded for the Albany, Arabesque, Bis, Centaur, Equilibrium, GIA,

Hartt, Innova, Musica Europea, Naxos, TNC and Yesa labels, having

appeared on twenty recordings. He is sponsored by Yamaha, Zildjian,

and Innovative Percussion.

Gene Koshinski

Percussionist and composer Dr. Gene

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 in Austria, Belgium, China,

France, Germany, Jordan, Slovenia, Canada, and throughout the United

States. In 2002, Koshinski won the National MTNA Percussion

Competition in Cincinnati, OH and in 2004, 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. Performances have also been heard on the CBS, PBS, and

EPSN television networks as well as NPR. For his work with NFL

Films, he can be heard on the Emmy award-winning soundtrack A

Century of NFL. In addition, he has recorded for the Naxos, Innova,

MSR Classics, and Equilibrium record labels. His method book, solo

albums, and over 20 published compositions are distributed

internationally, with many of his compositions receiving frequent global

performances. He is sponsored by Korogi, Innovative Percussion,

Sabian Cymbals, and Remo.

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