The Orchestra in Your Pocket

CutTime Productions began within the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) in 1993, when Robinson started arranging music by computer for solo bass. The next year he booked first concerts of CutTime Players® (CTP), a mixed octet with DSO principal musicians, to produce Igor Stravinsky’s music-drama Histoire du Soldat with actors, plus his first transcription, Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. They were immediately invited to produce a family concert series that included Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Kabalevsky’s The Comedians Suite, Beethoven’s Fur Elise and Bolling’s jazz suites among others.

CutTime Players is the ideal pocket-orchestra, introducing the symphony anywhere orchestras can’t fit. From the start Robinson began hosting, sharing a musician’s perspective to make sense of instrumental music (sonatas) for family audiences. The work became a personal mission when he learned of the Classical Revolution movement. CutTime® sharpens these skills for our musicians to info-tain with fun, fresh music, activities, clever insights  and snap interviews.

Bassoonist Bob Williams walks to front of the stage with mic in hand.
DSO Principal Bassoonist Bob Williams starts to share advice with music students.