Getting Real with Classical Music, Part 2

So I left off here writing about the need for our major institutions to go beyond dumbing down to reach the casual community. In support of that statement, I was at a …

Knight Project Blogpost II – Let Me Count the Ways

I am in New York City for annual booking conferences with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and Chamber Music America (CMA). APAP is the largest such conference in North …

Classical Revolution Detroit event playing Brahms Clarinet Quintet 2011

What Did You Learn Playing Classical in Bars, Rick?

I was recently asked in a meeting what I had been learning by sight-reading (unrehearsed) and performing (rehearsed) classical in bars, clubs and restaurants. Where do I start? I learned …

Why Is Your Music Neo-Romantic, Rick?

I only began composing in 1999, about 5 years after I started transcribing symphonic music for my mixed octet CutTime Players (CTP). It started when I had this extremely vivid waking …

Getting Real with Classical Music Part 1

I often write in blog comments about the need for musicians to assume the lead making classical music (esp. symphonic music) truly accessible. By saying truly, I mean going beyond the …

Songs My Father Taught Me

When my dad died 2 1/2 years ago, right after the DSO strike ended, I was reminded how he was my first and last hero. A teacher with a Masters …

Knight Foundation Project Blog

Sept. 8, 2013 Today the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced CutTime Productions is one of 56 recipients of an Arts Challenge Detroit grant. By spending $2.1 million …