The Orchestra in Your Pocket

In 1993 Robinson started transcribing music by computer for solo bass. The next year he booked the pilot concerts for what became the mixed octet CutTime Players® (CTP) with DSO principal musicians, to produce Igor Stravinsky’s complete music-drama, Histoire du Soldat, plus his first transcription, Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. He was immediately invited to produce a collaborative 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 quickly became the ideal pocket-orchestra, introducing the symphony anywhere orchestras couldn’t fit. And from the start Robinson began hosting, sharing a musician’s perspective to make sense of instrumental music (sonatas) for family audiences that might draw them downtown. The work became a personal mission when he learned of the Classical Revolution movement much later. CutTime® creates and sharpens new methods for musicians to info-tain with fun and 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.