2017-2018 Season of Public Performances



Sunday, January 21, 2018 3p-4:30

CutTime Simfonica – I Hear A Symphony!
@Grosse Pointe Memorial Church (link)
16 Lakeshore Drive Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
The popular CutTime Simfonica string quartet and drums are an effective pairing to declare that classical, and esp. symphonic music, are not just for the concert hall anymore. Former DSO bassist Rick Robinson is leading a small revolution with his rich transcriptions from Bach to Brahms and Joplin to Ellington. These are complemented by his own profound, melodious and funky compositions, such as Pork ‘n Beans. Finally, Robinson finds metaphors, from food to sailing, that immediately prove the value of classical music to total newcomers. Watch them shine in this beautiful, resonant sanctuary.
Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door.

Sunday, April 8, 2018 7:30pm-9:30

CutTime Players – A Symphony in Your Pocket
@Birmingham Temple Vivace Series (link)
28611 W. 12 Mile Rd. Birmingham, MI 48334
The mixed octet CutTime Players features hit symphonic arrangements performed with the intimacy of chamber music to both turn on new audiences and take veteran audiences deep into the performers’ perspective. This program will point at the evolution of sonata form, apply clever analogies to instrumental music, and why Director Rick Robinson quit the DSO in 2012 to pursue a broader love for classical. He will then swing into jazz hybrids by Duke Ellington, Claude Bolling and one of his own spicy compositions! And by request Rick will play a short feature on his double bass!
Tickets are $28 for general admissions ($10 group rate for students).

Thursday, April 19, 2018 7:30p-9

CutTime Simfonica – No Time Like the Present
@Rocky River Senior Center
21014 Hilliard Blvd Rocky River, OH 44116
Mr. CutTime returns to Cleveland with the rich string sounds of CutTime Simfonica®, adding light drums to invite everyone to keep the beat. This is another wild variety program from Bach and Mozart, to Ellington and Joplin, and interspersed with Artistic Director Rick Robinson’s most romantic and funky compositions. We will feature Cleveland Institute of Music grads and Robinson’s surprising insights on the utility of classical and symphonic music.
Tickets are $20 general admission; $10 for students with ID.


CutTime Director leads the string quartet Simfonica
CutTime Simfonica performs at N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in 2016.