A cut time is this musical symbol calling for a lively, fast or swinging beat. CutTime Productions adopted this as the guiding principle to make classical and esp. symphonic music lively, fast or swinging for newcomers; to effectively cut the time it takes curious new listeners to enjoy the music. During 22 years in a major orchestra, CutTime’s founder, Rick Robinson, grew deeply committed to serving the broader public with info-taining events that give personal meaning and immediate benefit. Perfect for churches and schools, CutTime eventually expanded into restaurants, clubs, homes and streets.
Robinson has been an innovative force in bringing chamber ensembles into nontraditional venues and classrooms, mixing it up with a variety of creative repertoire and generally proving that classical music belongs not on the fringes of contemporary culture but at the heart of everyday life.
– Detroit Free Press Music Critic Mark Stryker
Music critic Jeffrey Rossman of Classical Voice of North Carolina called CutTime founder Rick Robinson, “a modern-day Dvorak… [whose] personality, aggressive advocacy of [practical outreach], and his remarkable playing, composing and arranging skills put him in the forefront of this movement.”