Birth of a Genre

The success of their debut immediately became a small family concert series with lively variety programs and artistic collaborations. Some regional runouts and small touring soon followed. Over 23 years Robinson has transcribed a library of over 100 famous symphonic, piano and crossover works for this mixed octet. All are rich, famous and lively works, such as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Comedian’s Suite, Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, and the Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture. Several whole movements from major symphonies are available; instantly made fresh and intimate as chamber music. While most of these transcriptions are in the public domain, CutTime has print license agreements with G. Schirmer & Hal Leonard to publish their titles. CutTime Players and its music are ideal for sharing orchestras outside of the concert hall.

CutTime Players has a single CD called Live in Dearborn.

The original CutTime Players were:

Sharon Sparrow, flute
Ted Oien, clarinet
Bob Williams, bassoon
Kevin Good, trumpet
Randy Hawes, bass trombone
Sam Tundo, percussion
Geof Applegate, violin
Rick Robinson, bass



CutTime Players showcases symphony orchestras best in small to moderate sized concert halls as well as the intimate settings of clubs with a wide (24′) stage area, featuring what orchestras play, the people in them and what they learn in the process. The fixed instrumentation (with flexible percussion) covers the three main periods of classical music; baroque, classical and romantic. From 1997-2000 CutTime produced a Tiny Tots series for DSO, working with narrators, mimes, giant puppets and dance companies.

We celebrated the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s pivotal Letter from Birmingham Jail  and the I Have A Dream speech with music of Shostakovich, Bach and Robinson. They also featured holiday programs for Halloween, Mozart’s Birthday, Valentine’s Day and Christmas. A Claude Bolling Jazz program is perfect for dinner and special events.