It is common knowledge that classical music is relatively unpopular with the general American public. Yet that doesn’t mean it’s dying as an art form. There are ever more, not less, classical musicians and new ensembles, including orchestras. Yet CutTime Productions was created to correct the obvious disconnect between the powerful classical arts and off-put “regular” Americans.
A cut time is this musical symbol calling for a lively, fast or swinging beat. We adopted this symbol as a guiding principle to make classical, and esp. symphonic music, more lively or swinging; to dramatically cut the time it takes new listeners to use and love them. Near the end of his 22 year tenure in a major orchestra, CutTime® founder Rick Robinson committed himself to the charitable artistic mission of serving the broadest public with intimate, info-taining events that give personal meaning and immediate benefits. Originally developed for churches and schools, CutTime expanded into restaurants, clubs, homes, offices 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.”