CutTime Players at Detroit Institute of Arts 2012
CutTime Players at Detroit Institute of Arts 2012 by Bernie Beutel

CutTime® is about adapting symphonic music with new chamber ensembles to bring the dramatic music of symphony orchestras into intimate settings, especially for newcomers. The first and largest is CutTime Players® (CTP), which launched in Detroit in 1994.

The possibility occurred to bassist Rick Robinson at music school when he was rehearsing
Igor Stravinsky’s music-drama
The Soldier’s Tale (Histoire du Soldat). There wasn’t much good chamber music for his instrument and he wondered if adding flute to this mixed septet (violin, bass, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone and percussion) might make good chamber transcriptions of Prokofiev’s famous Peter and the Wolf and Strauss’ tone poem Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.

After he became a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) in 1989, and personal computing became widespread, Robinson started digital music notation in 1992. In 1994 he began to test his earlier ideas with several principal DSO musicians.

CutTime Players plays for DPS
CutTime Players plays for Detroit Public Schools music students.