The Classical Revolution Detroit chapter (CRD) is plugging the classical arts into today’s polyglot nation. It was first organized in 2010 by CutTime’s founder Rick Robinson. As a Detroit Symphony bassist and Kresge-winning composer, he began adapting real symphony music to soar in schools and churches. Thanks to CR, CutTime® makes classical party anywhere and amplified. We apply music, methods, metaphors and theories that raise the standards for community engagement and music education. CRD is, in turn, powered by CutTime’s extensive catalog of symphonic transcriptions and new works for ensembles and orchestras.
Best of all, the CRD series pops up across town, esp. in restaurants and bars, and pulls people into the center of the fun of music playing toy percussion with us. This is serving the other side of the coin of classical music: performers expecting audience to join in, and wanting to stick a smile on the audience. So we’re distracted in such places: audience still pick up on musical information, beauty and magic. Classical music, offered humbly, can make it accessible politically. Everyone deserves the beauty, drama, charm and dance. At CRD, our audiences play toy percussion and games. You might even conduct us! Our audiences get answers to the burning-but-unspoken question, Why classical?