In 1994 Detroit Symphony Orchestra bassist Rick Robinson began to build what became the CutTime Productions artistic enterprise printing his first editions for solo bass. Over 16 years it grew flexible and bold by extending symphonic music professionally into churches, schools and festivals. Encouraged by a Kresge Fellowship and the Classical Revolution movement in 2010, Robinson began bringing his huge library of transcriptions and award-winning compositions for his two CutTime ensembles to the masses in bars, clubs and coffeehouses during the 6-month DSO Strike.
After the death of his father and the fundamental artistic turnover following the damaging strike, Robinson committed himself to develop and share CutTime® nationally in 2012. Since then he leads freelancers, students and orchestra members to make classical music accessible, practical and fun in clubs, restaurants, offices, homes and even the streets.
In 2013 Crain’s Detroit Business recognized him with a social entrepreneur award, saying, “Robinson is bringing classical music to the masses— which may be one of the most challenging jobs in all of music.”
In 2015 CutTime Productions matched a $30,000 Knight Arts Challenge Grant and Detroit Free Press Music Critic Mark Stryker wrote:
Robinson has been an innovative force in bringing chamber ensembles into nontraditional venues and classrooms, mixing it up with a variety of creative repertoire and generally proving that classical music belongs not on the fringes of contemporary culture but at the heart of everyday life.