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Panorama Panthers to Host Todd Green

A World of Music Comes to Guthrie County with Todd Green
Global Multi-Instrumentalist to perform throughout the county the last week of September

Have you heard any good Middle Eastern Oud or Kemenche lately? How about South American Charango and Zamponia or East Indian Tablas or Santoor? Intrigued? These and many other ethnic instruments from the Middle East, Central Asia, India, China and South America will be played by multi-instrumentalist Todd Green at 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 30th at the AC/GC High School Auditorium in Guthrie Center (906 School Street).

Todd Green has astounded audiences across the country with his original music performed on over 30 string, flute and percussion instruments from all over the world. His concert will be enhanced by three five-channel “loopers,” which allow him to layer many instruments for his trademark “solo-ensemble” performance. As fascinating to watch as to listen to, Todd intersperses his playing with entertaining explanations of the music and the instruments. Prepare to be amazed!

“Todd Green comes highly recommended by many arts councils, colleges and concert associations all over the country and his artistic mission ‘to help break down the barriers that divide us by experiencing other cultures through their music’ is an admirable one in our ever-shrinking world,” states Guthrie County Arts Council President Lynsi Pasutti of Stuart. “This program is very much in line with our mission ‘to bring awareness of artistic endeavors to the community at large by presenting performing and visual arts programs.’ Similarly, our vision is ‘to create an atmosphere of appreciation of the uniqueness of artistic endeavors for our community and encourage youth in their pursuit of the fine arts.’ We believe the extraordinary culturally diverse and artistic excellence of Todd Green’s presentations will vastly broaden the cultural horizons of our community members, and we are so thankful to have received grant funding to make it all happen.”
The week-long program targets a wide audience throughout the county with four 60-minute school programs, a lecture demonstration, and two-hour public concert performance, each featuring 25 musical instruments from all over the world, performed by Todd Green. Both Panorama High School (Monday) and AC/GC High School (Thursday) will host a morning and afternoon program, one each for 3rd-5thgraders and 6th-8th graders, as well as high school art and music students. Students from each of the county’s school districts have been invited to attend, as well as individuals from Country View Estates.

On Tuesday evening, Todd Green will be joined by moderator Sophia S. Ahmad of Des Moines for a public lecture and demonstration at the Saints Center for Culture and the Arts in Stuart at 7:00 pm. Sophia is currently the Senior Director of Development for Mercy Foundation, and formerly the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Des Moines Symphony and Academy, as well as more recently, the Vice President of Public Relations for the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Sophia is a professionally trained classical pianist with a Master of Music from Eastman School of Music. In a ‘Forty Under 40’ feature by Business Record in 2016, Sophia was quoted saying, “Communicating through instrumental music is what I believe to be one of the most abstract yet profound methods of interaction, and it is a joy to use many elements of this skill set on a daily basis.” The lecture demonstration will be a casual and informal opportunity for attendees to get a closer look at the many instruments Todd Green plays, while conversing with both musicians in a discussion likely to compare Western music history and education with other cultures’, and more. The lecture demonstration is a free-will donation program and is open to the public, but please no unaccompanied children.

The week-long programming will conclude on Saturday evening, with a two-hour concert at the AC/GC High School Auditorium at 7:00 pm, preceded by a half-hour quiet, strings-only live prelude (starting at 6:30 pm). Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for youth unless accompanied by an adult. All are welcome to attend this public performance with admission fees contributing to the Guthrie County Arts Council’s matching grant funds.

Todd Green has been writing and performing his own music professionally since the age of fifteen. He studied composition, arrangement and performance at Berklee College of Music and privately with Guitar Greats George Benson, Pat Metheny, Christopher Parkening and Mick Goodrick. He has also studied ethnic instruments, including the Indian Bansuri Flute with masters Sachdev and Steve Gorn, and many other instruments with players from around the world who now reside in New York City and San Francisco. Most of Todd’s 45 years as a professional musician were spent on the East Coast, especially New York City, where he performed with the top echelon of studio musicians and toured extensively with bands throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In 1988, Todd decided to trade in the manmade mountains of New York City for the real ones in Montana to pursue his own music full time. Todd stopped playing the electric guitar to concentrate on acoustic music and has since performed as a solo artist for concert associations, arts councils and colleges throughout the United States and Canada. His column on improvisation and composition has been published in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, where he also received kudos for his first recording “Awakening.” Currently a resident of the Lake Tahoe area, Todd’s discography include his companion recordings, Sequel to an Unfinished Story, Vol.1, “Celebration” and Vol. 2, “Meditation,” each with 24 tracks of original music, performed on well over 40 instruments from around the world, followed by “The Voice Within” dedicated to the Feminine, “Beneath a Starlit Sky,” his most versatile recording with Jazz and Blues pieces added to his World Music, and “Composing the Silence,” featuring 26 tracks of solo improvisations on 22 string instruments He is also the author of Sparks from Life’s Flint--Meditations for the Future Soul, Today, a book of 365 poems. Todd is a 2017 Artist Fellowship recipient, Nevada Arts Council’s top artistic recognition, as well as a recipient of an Award of Excellence from Traditional Association for Cultural Harmony.

Support for ‘A World of Music with Todd Green’ provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additionally, this presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council and the Crane Group

For more information on any of the week’s programming, contact Lynsi Pasutti at (515)314-8445 or

Visit the Instrument Gallery at to learn more about Todd Green’s many instruments!

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