Past Seasons of Public Events

 

 Tuesday, September 24, 2013  8p-11

Classical Revolution Detroit – The New Deal
@ Cadieux Cafe Link
4300 Cadieux Rd. Detroit, MI 48224
Our normal open jam resumes in our home venue to celebrate the new season and new REASONS why Detroit is the land of possibility. Join us with several volunteer musicians playing with Mr. CutTime!


Wednesday, September 25, 2013  7p-10

Classical Revolution Grand Rapids – CRGR Classical Soup
@ SpeakEZ Lounge link
600 Monroe Ave. NW at Trowbridge Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Classical Revolution thrives in Grand Rapids for more close encounters with classical music by several volunteer Grand Rapids Symphony members. This will be a special evening taking place during ArtPrize. Be sure to arrive early for a good table. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013  8p-11

Classical Revolution Detroit – Scary Times
@ Cadieux Cafe Link
4300 Cadieux Rd. Detroit, MI 48224
Our event this month is still anything goes, but we’ll try to ward off the demons with a spooky edition of classical Halloween treats culminating with a reading of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice for a Cadieux Cafe premiere. Join us with your bass clarinet to play with Mr. CutTime!

Saturday, November 2, 2013 10:30a-11:30

IBIS Chamber Music Society – IBIS Children’s Concert
@ Rock Spring Church Link
5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington, VA 22207
Mr. CutTime goes to Washington leading his music and methods to take young listeners into adventurous music. This children’s concert in partnership with IBIS Chamber Music Society begins a set of DC debuts of CutTime music. The music and activities will feature physical exploration of classics by African-American composers William Grant Still, Scott Joplin and Rick Robinson.

Sunday, November 3, 2013 4:00p-6

IBIS Chamber Music Society – Exploring Black Classical Composers
@ Rock Spring Church Link
5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington, VA 22207

Tuesday, November 5, 2013  7p-10

Classical Revolution Richmond VA – Introducing CutTime
@ Babe’s of Carytown
3166 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
CutTime debuts in Virginia with the Classical Revolution chapter in Richmond with Symphony musicians. Join us for readings of CutTime’s lively symphonic standards and new works smoothly blending urban pop with classical such as Pork ‘n Beans, Gitcha Groove On! and City of Trees!


Wednesday, November 6, 2013  12:10p-1:10

CutTime Simfonica – Down by the Riverside: Reconstructionism in Classical Music
@ National Gallery of Art, East Building, Large Auditorium link
Use entrance at 6th and Constitution Ave. NW
CutTime debuts in Washington, D.C. as part of the NGA’s 65th American Music Festival with a program highlighting the current exhibit Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial. The one-hour program features classical music by five African-Americans, including Mr. CutTime.

Joplin – The Entertainer
Duke and Mercer Ellington – King of the Magi from Three Black Kings
Still – Animato from Symphony No. 1 (Afro-American)
Robinson – Gitcha Groove On!
Hailstork – Lento from Symphony No. 1
Duke and Mercer Ellington – Martin Luther King from Three Black Kings
Robinson – Highland Park, MI: City of Trees

Tuesday, November 26, 2013  8p-11

Classical Revolution Detroit – Rondo alla Turk-ey
@ Cadieux Cafe
4300 Cadieux Rd. Detroit 48224

Another unpredictable adventure with Classical Revolution Detroit often features one CutTime ensemble or another. Led by Mr. CutTime, expect to enjoy yourself with drinks, food, good company and surprising music read on-sight by a bevy of local talents!

Monday, December 16, 2013 8p-11

Classical Revolution Detroit – BIG THIRD ANNIVERSARY
@ Rodin (café) 15 E. Kirby at Woodward Detroit, MI 48202
Join us in a celebration of music revolutions such as Classical Revolution and Ludwig van Beethoven (birthday boy) on this the third anniversary of CRD. We’ll have woodwind quintets of Beethoven, perhaps a sonata or two, and some actual symphony movements (parts). We’ll premiere an arrangement of Ubi Caritas by local jazzer Duncan McMillan, make a dignified nod to the Christmas season with some Messiah licks, and tell the untold story of classical music.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 7p-10

Classical Revolution Grand Rapids – New Year’s Resolutions
@ Speak EZ Lounge 600 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Celebrate the promise of a new year with Grand Rapids Symphony musicians, Mr. CutTime, thrilling and beautiful classical music and great food and drink!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 7:00p – 9

CutTime String Quartet – Annual E. Alizia Hackley Memorial Concert
@ Detroit Public Library, Friends Auditorium
5201 Woodward Ave.  Detroit, MI 48201
Free of charge

CutTime celebrates black-American composers with a strong beat.
This FREE program features the world premiere of The Legacy of Roland Hayes by star producer Patrice Rushen with the renowned tenor George Shirley and versatile pianist Alvin Waddles, who will also improvise solo. Also on the program are the complete ballet Three Black Kings by Duke and Mercer Ellington and the Animato from Symphony No. 1 by William Grant Still. Add percussion and Mr. CutTime’s funky Pork ‘n Beans, the smash hit City of Trees and an instrumental medley of negro spirituals Sweet Chariot Jubilee by Atlanta’s David E. Robinson III for an extremely moving program.

Tuesday, February 17, 2014  7:30p-8:30

CutTime Simfonica readings with Classical Revolution Ann Arbor
@ Silvios Organic Pizza (Link)
715 N. University, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 by Hill Auditorium 
Mr. CutTime opens the weekly CR series in Ann Arbor, with readings from his lively book for string sextet, featuring rich symphonic covers and compositions!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014  7:30p-9:00 (Moved from Feb. 5)

CutTime Simfonica – February Fireworks (Freep splash)
@ Henry Ford Estate (link)
4901 Evergreen Rd. Dearborn, MI 48128
Tickets are $15, $14 for seniors, $9 for students
Fairlane Music Guild and CutTime celebrate the life of FLMG board member and beloved University of Michigan-Dearborn physics professor Paul Zitzewitz with CutTime’s lively and intimate adventures. Musicians include several DSO members including Associate Concertmaster Kim Kennedy and features Lynne Marie Mangan on solo English horn. To reserve tickets, email Karen Holland or call (313) 593-5330, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Mozart Symphony No. 25 opening
Still Animato of Symphony No. 1
Robinson Idyll for solo English horn
Ellington Martin Luther King
Robinson Pork ‘n Beans
Robinson Elegy
Morricone Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission
Enesco Romanian Rhapsody No. 1

Friday, February 21, 2014  4p

Mr. CutTime presentation at SphinxConBeyond Dumbing Down
Marriott Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Dr, Detroit, MI
This 15-minute presentation will point at ways our classical music institutions can create genuine connection with their broader communities and seed diverse audiences.
Update: the video of this speech can be seen here.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014  8p-11

Classical Revolution Detroit – RAW Classical
@ Cadieux Cafe Link
4300 Cadieux Rd. Detroit, MI 48224
Our normal open jam resumes in our home venue to celebrate music and life in the D. Detroit is the land of possibility. Join us for musical adventures that surprise, with several volunteer musicians playing with Mr. CutTime!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014  8:00p-11

Classical Revolution Detroit – Found Sound Ferndale Debut
@ Found Sound in Ferndale
234 W 9 Mile 48220
CRD hits the suburbs for the first time in 2 years with its first old-style RECORD STORE!
The bins of LPs sport a modest but vintage selection of classical!
It’s standing room only for this one. And the tight aisles don’t favor the claustrophobic!
It’s so tight, we call this NY STYLE! It’s an open jam (sight-reading) for all lapsed players! If you can bring and lead a set of parts, join the fun!

 Saturday, March 15, 2014  7:00p-9

CutTime String Quartet – Down by the Riverside
N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
52 E. Forest Detroit, MI 48201
Tickets are $13 in advance and $20 at the door
Enjoy a mix of creative African-Americans in music and
spoken word by Kresge Eminent Artist poet Bill Harris!
The (recently rescheduled) program will be similar to Nov. 6 above…  with drums and cash bar!

Friday, May 9, 2014 6p-9

CutTime String Quartet – Highland Park Alumni Talent Show & Fundraiser
@ Highland Park Renaissance Academy High School
15900 Woodward Ave, Highland Park, MI 48203
A performance of Rick Robinson’s hit City of Trees at this event will support youth development in Highland Park Public Schools. Note this will be the very first performance of this work in Robinson’s hometown.  (Video link)(Flyer)
Tickets are $20 show, $50 afterparty  (Ticket link)

Sunday, May 18, 2014  6p-9

CutTime String Quartet – Tapestry: A Spiritual Odyssey – Fundraiser
@ Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History
315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Tickets: $125 (Ticket link)
The Charles Wright Museum and Smith Jackson Arts have successfully implemented collaborative and education outreach programs celebrating the accomplishments of African-Americans in Fine Art and the Performing Arts. “Tapestry; A Spiritual Odyssey” will continue that effort by presenting a concert paying homage to legendary musicians Sylvia Olden Lee and composer Adolphus Hailstork, through music and song. The fundraising event will feature many black performers, inc. CutTime String Quartet playing Rick Robinson’s City of Trees. (Event link)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 noon-1p

CutTime String Quartet – CutTime @ Cleveland Clinic
@ Cleveland Clinic – Miller Lobby (southwest end of curved building)
Euclid Ave. at E. 93rd St. Cleveland, OH 44195  (map)
CutTime returns to the land of its conception with other Cleveland Institute of Music graduates for a 45-minute noon program at both the famed institution and the famed Westside venue The Happy Dog to trip the light with Classical Revolution Cleveland. Come to one or both shows to sample Rick Robinson’s humor, Pork ‘n Beans and City of Trees. Don’t miss Mozart’s Symphony #25, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade Waltz and yet more! We will feature Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Brilliant with pianist Nicholas King from Art of Giving Back and the CIM musicians listed below.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 8p-10

CutTime String Quartet – CutTime Revolution
@ The Happy Dog
5801 Detroit Ave Cleveland, OH 44102 (map)
Same as above, featuring musicians
Nicholas King, solo piano
Kristin Baird, violin I
Ariel Clayton, violin II
Aaron Mossburg, viola
Rick Robinson, bass
Dylan Moffitt, percussion

 Tuesday, July 8, 2014  7p-8:30

CutTime Simfonica – Classical Soul
@ Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit
CutTime’s debut at the beautiful urban park/center brings lively and bluesy classical masterpieces by Joplin, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Robinson. With some drums added, there might even be some dancing to classical. Audience activities create the connections classical has been missing. Bring family and friends!

 Tuesday, July 15, 2014  8p-11

Classical Revolution Detroit – Summer Vortex
@ Cadieux Cafe  
4300 Cadieux Rd. Detroit 48224
CRD returns after a few months away, ready to surprise and delight with local volunteer classical musicians. CRD takes classical OFF of the pedestal of the concert hall to demonstrate the power, history and sport of fine art music. We’ll try to throw in some summer themes to counter last winter’s Polar Vortex.

Saturday, August 16, 2014 7:30pm

CutTime Simfonica – Mighty Love at Lake George Music Festival
@ Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum (link)
4800 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing
As part of an annual residency with the Lake George Music Festival, Mr. CutTime performs the Introduction to his Sextet in A-major called Mighty Love with festival musicians. This opening programmatic movement illustrates the first stage of romantic love with rich counterpoint, humor and a ghost!

Monday, August 18, 2014  9p-11

CutTime Simfonica – Late Night in Lake George
@ The Boathouse Restaurant
3210 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George, NY 12845
Mr. CutTime partners with the Lake George Music Festival for chamber and orchestra concerts, Art Attacks (VIDEO!) in the village and this special open classical jam session with festival musicians on the deck of this landmark seafood restaurant. We’ll be amplified and piped throughout the house for short sets with Simfonica strings, the innovative percussion-cello duo New Morse Code and spontaneous merry-making with classical.
Here is a “review”

2014-2015 Season of Public Performances

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8pm-11

Classical Revolution Detroit – Musical Toga Party
@ Cadieux Cafe
4300 Cadieux Rd. Detroit, MI 48224 (link)

CRD ushers in the Fall weather with a light mood and magical music brought by local volunteer musicians. As always you will be surprised by some or many people, music and insights pouring from the stage as a parade of impromptu chamber music takes shape. Meanwhile, enjoy pouring fine Belgian glasses of beer or wine and buckets of steamed mussels.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:30am-noon

CutTime Simfonica – Strings Can Do Amazing Things
@ Hayti Center with Kidznotes students and faculty
804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27701
Appearance sponsored in part by the Morningstar Law Group
Mr. CutTime returns to Raleigh-Durham to fling students into orbit through their study of string instruments on the Launch Day at this leading El Sistema program. CutTime Simfonica, with Kidznotes faculty, will play Robinson’s Pork ‘n Beans, City of Trees and some Duke Ellington for everyone after the Beethoven orchestra plays the beautiful Serenade from Robinson’s Mighty Love. Imagine the thrill these minority children will experience hearing this music from someone like them.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 evening

CutTime Simfonica – Classical Soul Event
Private chamber music party for University of Music Dearborn students with the Omowale African Percussionists and poetry professor Aurora Harris.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 9p-10

CutTime Simfonica – VOICES for Victims of Sexual Assault
@ MOCAD
4454 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201
Appearance sponsored by Barbara Frankel
CutTime joins wcSafe in raising awareness and funds to support sexual assault victims in Wayne County with this fun and profound art show fundraiser. Wine, appetizers, poets, dancers and many other musicians will play. Plus there’s a DJ mixing around 10:30. Information can be found here.
Tickets are $25.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 7:30p-9:30

Mr. CutTime – Premiere of new Pork ‘n Beans orchestration by Michigan Philharmonic, Nan Washburn, Music Director
@Village Theater at Cherry Hill
50400 Cherry Hill Rd. Canton, MI 48187 (map)
Join CutTime® Artistic Director Rick Robinson for pre-concert discussion (at 6:45) of his composition and inspiration.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 8p-11

Classical Revolution Detroit – Musical Feast
@Cadieux Cafe
4300 Cadieux Rd. Detroit, MI 48224
To kick off the nearly two months of holiday celebrations, Classical Revolution Detroit brings the community together for a spontaneous smorgasbord of delicious musical foods, games and laughter. How can classical music do this? It is simply the natural contrast of serious & beautiful music.
So please join us and bring friends, whether to listen or to play, eat and drink hearty, and come back here as a semi-program shapes up. These events are always free.

Friday, December 5, 2014  7p-10

Classical Revolution Detroit – Concert Fundraiser
@Studio D Art Gallery
661 South Eton Birmingham, MI 48009 (next to Robot Garage)
Sponsored by Broadsword Solutions and Mrs. Barbara C. Van Dusen

This is our major fundraising concert event in support of the Knight Foundation project to expand Classical Revolution Detroit to 3 times each month within the City of Detroit. We are very close to meeting the match deadline Dec. 15. While enjoying wine, hors d’oeurves and conversation, attendees will also be cutting loose to classical at Birmingham’s Studio D with CutTime Simfonica performing two sets and mixing it up with blues and rock musicians singer Robert Dempster, e-vibist Mike Ogorek and e-bassist Jeff Dalton.
Entrance is free. Donations (checks to The Miami Foundation) are free will.

Monday, December 15, 2014 7p-10

Classical Revolution Portsmouth – Inaugural Event
@Port City Cafe
424 Chillicothe St, Portsmouth, OH 45662 (link)
Ahead of our concert the next night on campus, CutTime Simfonica seeds a new Classical Revolution chapter in southern Ohio. Launching new chapters wherever we go, CutTime gives potential new access to those who avoid or ignore classical concerts right where they discover other music. The local wind symphony has committed to come out and may sustain the effort with the right push!
This event is free, amplified and social. (Read the presenter’s review.)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 7:30pm-9:30

CutTime Simfonica – Cutting Classical Loose
@Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
940 Second St. Portsmouth, OH 45662
This full length concert features the Simfonica string sextet plus percussion with Columbus and West Virginia Symphony musicians drawing a college-town audience deep into classical music. The full-length performance including interactions, historical context and personal insights from many years of experience. The program will include Robinson’s popular hits and examples demonstrating the growth of European orchestral music into a universal art form.

Saturday, January 24, 2015  4p-7

Classical Revolution Detroit – Motor City Triptych
@ Northern Lights Lounge 
660 W. Baltimore Detroit 48202
CutTime finally launches its Knight Foundation project series with this amplified classical music party at this popular venue in the New Center. Mr. CutTime will host the fun with music, activities and practical information taking you deep into the meaning and potential of classical. It’s perfect for the whole family!
CutTime Simfonica will perform a set (4pm), supplement an open jam (6pm) with community musicians (bring instruments) and guest ensemble The Light Metal Band Brass Quintet (5pm); a triptych of Motor City musicians.
This event is part of our Knight Foundation project also sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015  noon-2p

Classical Revolution Detroit – Eat to the Beat
@ Bakers Keyboard Lounge
20510 Livernois Ave. (at 8 Mile Rd.), Detroit, MI 48221
Classical Revolution Detroit presents CutTime Simfonica strings and percussion to play for the lunch crowd at this venerated jazz venue.
The program will include several swinging compositions, mainly by black composers including Duke Ellington and HP native, bassist Rick Robinson. See how classical music inspires when given a strong beat and some personality! There’s no cover charge, but a food or beverage purchase is required.
This event is part of our Knight Foundation project also sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Friday, February 6, 2015  8p-9:15

CutTime Simfonica – The Legacy of Black-American Classical Composers
@ The Carr Center
311 E. Grand River Detroit, MI 48226
Black-Americans have been great innovators in music, even in classical, despite its history of discrimination. Learn how musicians determined to express their cultural life in the versatile medium of the symphony overcame roadblocks with this 75-minute program of strings and percussion. There will be works never before performed at The Carr Center by Dvorak, Hailstork, Bach and Glinka with classic masterpieces by Duke Ellington, William Grant Still, Scott Joplin and Rick Robinson.
Tickets are $20.

Sunday, February 8, 2015  6p-7:15

CutTime Simfonica – Classical Soul
The Yellow Barn
416 West Huron Ann Arbor, MI 48103
$5 cover – This program repeats the Feb. 6 program.

Thursday, February 12, 2015  1p-1:35

CutTime Simfonica – Cuttin’ Loose with Classical
Birmingham Musicale Club Program
Congregational Church of Birmingham UCC

1000 Cranbrook Rd. (at Woodward Ave.) Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
This FREE program will be videotaped by West Bloomfield Cable TV and feature the full sextet with percussion, in a first-half, 30-minute set.

Monday, February 16, 2015 8p-11

CutTime Simfonica – Classical Open Jam
@ Euclid Tavern Happy Dog
11625 Euclid Cleveland, OH
Mr. CutTime brings his passion and CutTime Simfonica back to Cleveland with other CIM alum at the new Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern  on Cleveland’s east side. The Cleveland Orchestra Bass Quartet opens at 8p with great humor, surprise and a dreamy sound. CTS hits it at 9, and the 10 o’clock hour will be an open jam facilitating communion with everyone (likely CIM students) with instruments, from string quartets to blues.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 7p-9

CutTime Simfonica – Classical Revolution Cleveland
@ The Happy Dog
5801 Detroit Ave. Cleveland, OH 44102
As part of the monthly CRC event, CutTime Simfonica strings and percussion play a full 90-minute show of symphonic reductions, funky-romantic compositions and perhaps even a little improv to highlight its ability to edutain curious new listeners with classical music.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 2p & 10

CutTime Simfonica – Takes to the Air-waves
The Sound of Applause radio series
Simfonica “appears” LIVE in Cleveland on 90.3 FM WCPN ideastream and WCPN.ORG at 2p and 10p that day. The quintet played three hits and Mr. CutTime is interviewed for this 35-minute segment.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015  7p-9

Classical Revolution Detroit – Classical Pops Up
@ Motor City Brewing Works
470 W. Canfield Detroit, MI 48201
CRD pops up in this original micro-brewery of Detroit to play symphonies to trinklieder! Hear how much more down-to-Earth classical feels in the background of this intimate space. FREE

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7p-10

Classical Revolution Detroit – Corktown Review
@ St. Cece’s Pub
1426 Bagley Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Join CutTime Simfonica for our first Rev in Corktown! The guest ensemble will be Mistral Winds (woodwind quintet), plus pianist Doug Scott opens up the jam for local musicians of acoustic instruments, even stepping well outside of classical. Anything goes tonight!
This event is part of our Knight Foundation project also sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and many generous donors. FREE

Monday, March 23, 2015 9p-midnight

Classical Revolution Detroit – Rondo alla Turk
@ Lager House
1254 Michigan Ave. Detroit, MI 48226
Firm-core is the new hardcore when classical music invades the LIVE LIFE LOUD capital of Detroit! Proprietors PJ and Donna (aka Turk) are fans of classical and CutTime and what CRD can mean for their Corktown community. So CutTime Simfonica will heat it up, crank it up and mix it up with local musicians, including Il Segreto String Quartet, playing rock covers in the 10pm set. ALL CRDs are free.
This event is part of our Knight Foundation project, and is also sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015  8p-11

Classical Revolution Detroit – League Night
@ Cadieux Cafe
4300 Cadieux Rd. Detroit, MI 48224
We return to our home turf for a joyous round of mussels, Belgian beer, featherbowling and music for adventurous fantasies involving warm weather. Simfonica is house band, with Il Segreto String Quartet again as guest ensemble. FREE
This event is part of our Knight Foundation project, and is also sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 noon-1p

CutTime Simfonica – Classical Music Made Fun!
@ Charles H. Wright Museum FREE
315 East Warren Ave. Detroit, MI 48202
Simfonica introduces kids to the joys and mechanics of playing classical music with string instruments, and some of the many musical styles that can blend with it. We include colorful examples ranging from jazz, folk, fiddling. Kids will drum along and even try size-appropriate string instruments.
This program is sponsored by Jim and Ann Nicholson.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 10:30-11:30

Mr. CutTime – Ludwig van Beethoven Redux
@ Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church
17150 Maumee Avenue, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
He’s BACK! The great maestro himself (Emmon Scott) to perform at the piano, selections from his revolutionary career. If only Mr. CutTime can get Beethoven to cooperate! FREE

Thursday, April 2, 2015  7:30p-9:30

CutTime Simfonica – Cut Loose with Classical
McDonough Museum of Art
525 Wick Ave. Youngstown, OH 44502
Simfonica debuts at this beautiful contempo art museum with the full sextet and percussion. It turns out that Youngstown shares a lot with Detroit, why not its innovative music? This FREE program that welcomes, validates and heals the whole community, including Robinson’s rarely performed Gitcha Groove On! and City of Trees.

Friday, April 3, 2015  6:30 & 8:00 sets

CutTime Simfonica – An Orchestra Walks into a Bar…
@ Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe Street, Toledo, OH
Simfonica debuts in Toledo with the quartet and percussion in the Cloister Room, where visitors can munch and drink and learn to the harmonic rhythms of amplified Classical Soul.

 Thursday, April 9, 2015 7p-8:20

CutTime Simfonica – Jasmine Rivera’s Art X Detroit Program
@ Max M Fisher Music Center – Music Box
Simfonica supports this powerful Art X program previewing film music by Steve Sholtes for Jasmine Rivera’s American Prophet. Simfonica also backs gospel choir inc. Mosaic Youth Theater and American Idol star Malaya Watson, plus performs the Serenade from Robinson’s Mighty Love.

Sunday, April 12, 2015  8p-11

Classical Revolution Cincy – Cut Classical Loose!
@ Northside Tavern
CutTime Simfonica (sextet) returns to Classical Revolution Cincinnati for a set during the Constella Festival. FREE

Musicians love to read CutTime Simfonica's music at Classical Revolution events such as this one in Cincinnati in 2015.
Musicians love to read CutTime Simfonica’s music at Classical Revolution events such as this one in Cincinnati in 2015.

Monday, April 20, 2015 7:30p-10:30

Classical Revolution Detroit – Spring Surprises
@St Cece’s Pub
1426 Bagley Ave, Detroit, MI 48216 at Trumbull
CutTime Simfonica will be joined by a guest violinist Xiao Dong Wei for close encounters with classical and crossover music. This FREE event is part of our Knight Foundation project, and is also sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 7:30p-9

Classical Revolution Detroit – Press Agents for Music
@Signal Return Press
1345 Division St. Detroit, MI 48207
CutTime Simfonica (strings+percussion) shares symphonic and funky-romantic new compositions in this unusual space full of print presses and analog designer tools from an earlier, more hands-on age. Some wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks will be available.
This FREE event is part of our Knight Foundation project, and is also sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Monday, May 18, 2015 8:00p-10:00

Classical Revolution Detroit – Everyone Deserves Beauty
@Trumbullplex (Link)
4210 Trumbull, Detroit, MI 48208
CutTime Simfonica will create a close encounter with classical and crossover music. This event is part of our Knight Foundation project, and is also sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 9-midnight

Classical Revolution Detroit – This Show Has No Theme
@PJ’s Lager House
1254 Michigan Ave. Detroit, MI 48226
CutTime Simfonica will be joined by Amici Strings for close encounters with classical and crossover music. This FREE event is part of our Knight Foundation project, and is also sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 8p-11

Classical Revolution Detroit – CR Founder’s Night
@Cadieux Cafe (link)
4300 Cadieux Rd. Detroit, MI 48224
CutTime Simfonica will be joined by Parkwest Strings of Chicago for a close encounter with classical and crossover music in this landmark Belgian establishment. CR Founder Charith Premawardhana will be on hand, adding an authentic vibe to the proceedings. This event is part of our Knight Foundation project, and is also sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 5p-8

Classical Revolution Detroit – Spring Surprises
@Trinosophes (FB link)(map)
1464 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207 (at Russell in Eastern Market)
Part 2 of the visit by Classical Revolution Founder Charith Premawardhana, CutTime Simfonica will be joined by Parkwest Strings of Chicago for adventures in classical and crossover music at this newer art/performance space.  This event is part of our Knight Foundation project, and is also sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 4p-7

Classical Revolution Detroit – CRD Happy Hours
@ Mexicantown Fiesta Lounge (map)
4114 W. Vernor Detroit, MI 48209
This extra event is added to honor the return of Classical Revolution’s Founder Charith Premawardhana and his ensemble Parkwest Strings. CutTime Simfonica will be the guest ensemble. Bring instruments to sit-in! Join us this happy hour event, which is part of our Knight Foundation project, and is also sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 7p-9

Classical Revolution Detroit – Rosedale Roasting
@ Always Brewing
(FB link)
19180 Grand River Ave. Detroit, MI 48223 (north of 5 Mile Rd.)
Always Brewing is a new-ish coffee house in Rosedale Park with delicious cakes, coffee and open mic series. We’ll bring CutTime Simfonica there to break the ice and meet Detroiters where they live! Hopefully a few will bring instruments to read music with us, their own or ours. This FREE event is sponsored by our Knight Foundation project grant, the Kresge Foundation and many generous donors.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 7p-10

Classical Revolution Detroit – Take Me Out to the Old Ballgame
@ St. Cece’s Pub (link)
1426 Bagley Detroit, MI 48226
Well, it may not be a BALL game with winners and losers, but everyone’s a winner with great food, drink, weather and music on tap!  We will feature the West Jazz String Quartet. CutTime will be house band. This event is part of our Knight Foundation project, and is also sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.
The West Jazz String Quartet fuses jazz and classical music into one seamless experience through an unusual instrumentation of three cellos and one violin. Comprised of students of the University of Michigan, WJSQ wants to make all music accessible to the world, and to break down boundaries of genre. The musicians are Davis West on violin, and Eric Haugen, Jacob Wunsch, and Chris Young on cellos.

Sunday, June 28, 2015 4p-7

Classical Revolution Detroit – Smooth Sailing 
@ Northern Lights Lounge (link)
600 W. Baltimore Detroit, MI 48202
If pop music were a powerboat, classical is a windy adventure on a sailboat to tell friends! Come sit on the bow, crank in the jib on a tack or perhaps take the helm with CutTime Simfonica and the West Jazz String Quartet playing a surprising mix of pop, jazz and classical. This will be a family dinner event you and the kids will love! This is part of our Knight Foundation project, and is also sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Monday, June 29, 2015 8p-9

CutTime Simfonica – Opening for Community Center
@ Trumbullplex
Trumbull Ave. Detroit 48201
Following our surprise success there last month, CutTime returns to warm up an already hot crowd with cool classical ahead of the hot band Community Center. (Enough temp references?) This is not for the faint of heart and suggested donations are $6 for the band.

Thursday, July 2, 2015 11am

CutTime Simfonica – CRD on WDIV-TV4
@ WDIV Detroit News Studios broadcast
CutTime visits the downtown studios to preview our upcoming Campus Martius concert.
Watch the exciting HD video segment!

Thursday, July 2, 2015 5:00p-7

CutTime Simfonica – The Cowbell Heard ‘Round the World
@ The Mitch Albom Show
WJR 760 AM broadcast
CutTime returns to the mighty Fisher Building to play entr-acts for the radio show of author and Detroit commentator Mitch Albom. Tune in as Mitch may play cowbell with us on Pork ‘n Beans, City of Trees and more!  (FB link)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 noon-2p CANCELLED FOR RAIN

Classical Revolution Detroit – Stompin’ Thru the Streets of Detroit
@ Campus Martius Park
Campus Martius Plaza (Read the Mark Stryker preview)
The Revolution gets down… TOWN for an lawn lunch with CutTime Simfonica. Hear how the symphony and classical music are refreshed with dance and rhythm.
Dance the juapango in Pork ‘n Beans or play the cowbell! Shake a tambourine in Martin Luther King by Duke Ellington’s! Do the JIT to City of Trees, all amplified!
This event is part of our Knight Foundation project, and is also sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.
Watch the exciting HD video segment!

Friday, July 10, 2015 7p

CutTime Simfonica – Art as a Weapon: Five Scenes of Frida & Diego n Detroit
@ Detroit Institute of Arts (link) FREE
5200 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48202
As part of the Concert of Colors festival and the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit exhibit, CutTime will accompany a docu-drama by Emmy-winning filmaker Stephen McGee and Detroit Free Press writer Louis Aguilar with new music by Rick Robinson.
The large cast for the dramatic readings of Aguilar’s script will include Britney Stoney, Pilar Cote, Vince Carducci, Pulitzer-winning Fox-2 investigative reporter Charlie LeDuff, Detroit rapper Invincible, Laura Dysarczyk and Kristen Wagner-Nader.

 Thursday, July 16 4p-7

Classical Revolution Detroit – Diezyseis de Julio Day
@ Mexicantown Fiesta Lounge

4114 W. Vernor Detroit 48209
At the NW corner of Clark Park, El Centro‘s Dolores Sanchez immediately booked our return with classical and friends for Happy Hour! $2-3 beers and tequila go down great with appetizers and warm music. CutTime Simfonica plus a surprise guest artist start the evening, followed by pre-party for the Crash Detroit festival! The acoustics are excellent and the vibe is warm. AC will be on full blast if nec. and the patio is wonderful! This event is part of our Knight Foundation project, and is also sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Saturday, August 1, 2015  3:30p-4:15

Classical Revolution Detroit – Classical Hootenanny
@ Crow-nival Festival at Crow Manor (link)
3407 Trumbull at Mack Detroit, MI 48208
Classical Revolution Detroit turns up everywhere thanks to the Knight Arts Challenge! CutTime plays a short set in this obscure backyard festival in it’s 7th year! Should be WILD! This event is part of our Knight Foundation project, the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Saturday, August 1, 2015 7p-8

Classical Revolution Detroit – Sidewalks of Life
@ Sidewalk Festival at Artists Village by Redford Theatre (link)
17340 Lahser Rd. at 6 Mile Rd., Detroit, MI 48219
CutTime Simfonica performs outdoors at Artists Village as part of the grassroots celebration in its third year. Numerous artists, musicians and street performers inspire the community with interaction and risky performances. This event is part of our Knight Foundation project, the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 7p-10

Classical Revolution Detroit – Rosedale Classical BBQ
@ Always Brewing
(FB link)
19180 Grand River Ave. Detroit, MI 48223 (north of 5 Mile Rd.)
Always Brewing coffee house in the Rosedale Park residential neighborhood features delicious cakes, coffee and an open mic series. We’ll bring CutTime Simfonica back to cool the summer with colorful classical, meeting Detroiters right where they live! Hopefully a few will bring instruments to read music with us, their own or ours. Our guest artist is Xiao Dong Wei, Chinese erhu virtuoso and Kresge Artist Fellow. This FREE event is sponsored by our Knight Foundation project grant, the Kresge Foundation and many generous donors.

Thursday, August 6, 2015 7p-10

Classical Revolution Detroit – Dog Days NOTHIN’!
@ St. Cece’s Pub (link)
1426 Bagley Detroit, MI 48226
Sure it’s hot out. No better time to relax with drinks, dinner and musical adventures! CutTime Simfonica will be house band. This event is part of our Knight Foundation project, the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Sunday, August 9, 2015 11am-1pm

Classical Revolution Detroit – Temptation Brunch
@ Temptation Lounge (link)
10001 Joseph Campau Hamtramck, MI 48212
CutTime® wakes up Hamtramck playing the new brunch at the aptly-named Temptation Lounge. Join us for breakfast pizzas, coffee, Pork ‘n Beans (music) and much more as this famous bar becomes a community center.
This event is part of our Knight Foundation project, the Kresge Foundation and many generous supporters.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 9p-11

Late Night Lake George Music Festival – Dance Dionysus, Dance!
@ Mini-Ha-Ha Late Night Steamboat Cruise (link)
57 Beach Rd. Lake George, NY
Mr. CutTime returns to Lake George Music Festival to produce a POP DANCE show for with top-notch young musicians from major conservatories. These events introduce and translate the fun and power of classical music to curious audiences. This particular program features classical themes transformed into music too fun to remain seated!
Cruise tickets are $25.

Monday, August 24, 2015 9p-11

Late Night Lake George Music Festival – Five Classical Bands!
@ Boathouse Restaurant (link)
3210 Lake Shore Dr. Lake George, NY
Mr. CutTime returns to the Lake George Music Festival to direct experimental Art Attacks! and a Classical Revolution-style event on the deck of the historic Boathouse restaurant with top-notch young musicians from major conservatories. This free impromptu event filled to capacity last year and promises to be even bigger with the CutTime Simfonica septet, the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet, a percussion trio and plenty more!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 7p-9

CutTime Simfonica – Club Classical with ROCO
@ Ouisie’s Table
(link)
3939 San Felipe Houston, TX 77027
Taking classical OFF the pedestal of the concert hall, Mr. CutTime comes to Houston, TX in partnership with the revolutionary River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO), leading casual classical events as CutTime Simfonica (string quartet and light percussion) with ROCO musicians. Ouisie’s Table serves up fine dining and wine to enhance this casual and lively evening of music. On the program are symphonic hits from Bach to Mozart to Tchaikovsky to Duke Ellington, plus emotional new works by bassist Rick Robinson (Mr. CutTime), who is resetting the context that makes classical music matter to new listeners. This is part of New Music USA’s Music Alive program to connect communities with new music.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 7:30p-9:30

CutTime Simfonica – This Is Classical Music?
@ Continental Club (link)
3700 Main Street Houston, TX 77002
Mr. CutTime cuts the academia out of classical music with musicians of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) at this downtown Houston club. Enjoy NEW CLASSICAL with interactive, dance and profound experiences! Simfonica strings and percussion will be amplified with strong beat, personality and passion! You’re not in Houston? Share this with Houston friends and family; esp. those who HATE classical music because CutTime makes classical music matter for new listeners. On the show are famous hits from Mozart to Tchaikovsky to Duke Ellington and rocking new music by Mr. CutTime himself. You can even play along on percussion! This event is part of New Music USA’s Music Alive program to connect communities with new music.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 7p

CutTime Simfonica – Open Classical DFW
@ Buzzbrews (link)
4334 Lemmon Ave Dallas, TX 75219
Mr. CutTime comes to Dallas-Ft. Worth for collaborations with Open Classical DFW, a similar organization to Classical Revolution Detroit. Simfonica will sight-read with founder Mark Landson and friends as part of their open mic classical jam!

Saturday, September 26, 2015 5pm-7 CST

River Oaks Chamber OrchestraPremieres Gitcha Groove On!
@ Church of St. John the Divine

2450 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, Texas 77019
Mr. CutTime comes to Houston, TX as part of New Music USA’s Music Alive program to connect with the community and premiere of a new orchestration of his popular Gitcha Groove On! with ROCO, conducted by Andres Cardenes. The program also features lively music of Moncayo, Korngold and Poulenc. A pre-concert talk with Robinson sets the context for his mission and music for bringing new audiences into classical. If you have friends in Houston who HATE classical music, this orchestra and program are for them!

 Friday, October 2, 2015 5p-6

Classical Revolution Detroit – SW Detroit Youth Symposium
@ Odd Fellows Hall (above Compas)  (link)
8701 W. Vernor Hwy. Detroit, MI 48209
CRD sets up CutTime Simfonica for a brief concert as part of this annual celebration of youth, inspiration, awards and various presentations. One such will be a slideshow with Rick Robinson’s City of Trees as a soundtrack!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 7p-10

Classical Revolution Detroit – All Aboard!
@ St. Cece’s Pub  (link)
1426 Bagley Detroit, MI 48226
CutTime continues to take classical music FAR off the pedestal with humor and participation as we bring more local musicians to share their license. The mixed octet CutTime Players will be featured, playing a rehearsed variety  program of symphonic favorites in the pub(!), ahead of a runout to West Michigan. For contrast, we feature the lively piano, clarinet, flute trio of Doug Scott, Lisa Rashiatore and Tracy Kash. This might be SRO!

 

Friday, October 9, 2015 7:30pm-9:30

CutTime Players – New Classical Comes to Hart
@ Hart Community Performing Arts Series (link)
308 W. Johnson St. Hart, MI 49420
After a long hiatus, the original CutTime ensemble, CutTime Players, returns by popular demand to this West Michigan community, offering a variety of lively and famous symphonic masterworks to inspire this lakeside community. Learn how classical music evolved and is evolving again with CutTime’s unique blend of humor, interaction and surprises.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 7p-10

Classical Revolution Detroit – Featuring Adam Levin
@ Always Brewing coffeehouse
19180 Grand River Ave. Detroit, MI 48223 (north of 5 Mile Rd.)
CRD features award-winning international guitarist Adam Levin and CutTime Simfonica this evening. Mr. Levin volunteered to join Classical Revolution Detroit as he passes through on a tour of North America and will bring a solid program of guitar classics. Don’t miss the power of this amazing young artist. This FREE event is part of our Knight

Adam Levin by JesseWeiner
Adam Levin by JesseWeiner

Foundation project, which is also supported by the Kresge Foundation and several generous donors.

 

Thursday, October 15, 2015 6p-9

Classical Revolution Detroit – Liberal Arts Showcase with Adam Levin
@ Liberal Arts Gallery
3361 Gratiot Ave. Detroit, MI 48207 (just north of Mack Ave.)
CRD visits a new location on Gratiot at Mack on Detroit’s near-east side with CutTime Simfonica and award-winning international guitarist Adam Levin playing several Spanish favorites. Guarded parking is available. Refreshments available. Current exhibit is artist Timothy Orikri. CutTime Simfonica will also perform symphonic favorites. This FREE event is part of our Knight Foundation project, which is also supported by the Kresge Foundation and several generous donors.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 7p-10

Classical Revolution Detroit – Everyone Deserves Beauty
@ Always Brewing coffeehouse
19180 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223
CutTime Productions loves returning to this NW Detroit (Rosedale Park) location for its warm neighbors, beverages and acoustics. You’ll love hearing beautiful music mix it up on their Open Mic night with regular local musicians, poets and who-knows-who, alternating with CutTime Simfonica strings, percussion and Mr. CutTime himself! They might even feature more of his works than usual this night. This FREE event is part of our Knight Arts Challenge project, which is also supported by the Kresge Foundation and generous individuals.

Friday, November 13, 2015 7p-10

CutTime Simfonica – VOICES Program for Victims of Sexual Assault
@ Masonic Temple Theater, 3rd Floor Chapel
500 Temple Street, Detroit, MI 48201
CutTime again volunteers for WCSafe to raise awareness and funds to support sexual assault victims in Wayne County with this fun and profound art show fundraiser. Wine, appetizers, poets, dancers and many other musicians will play. Tickets are $25. Information and reservations can be found here.  Secure parking is behind the theater.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 7p-10

Classical Revolution Detroit – Detroit Youth Volume ROCKS!
@ St. Cece’s Pub
1426 Bagley Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Our monthly Corktown haunt brings some special guests; students from Clara Hardie’s Detroit Youth Volume playing pop covers on strings. These guys are finalists for a Knight Arts Challenge, including a People’s Choice Award. Hopefully we can celebrate a double win with these kids who are learning to work so hard to succeed. This FREE event is part of our Knight Arts Challenge project, which is also supported by the Kresge Foundation and generous individuals.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 7p-10

Classical Revolution Detroit – Messiah Sing-along Rosedale
@ Always Brewing coffeehouse
19180 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223
The holiday spirit moves Classical Revolution Detroit to facilitate a coffeehouse reading of Handel’s delicious oratorio The Messiah! Sung entirely in English, this work has moved kings and Americans to tears by reflecting the joys and suffering of the Christ story in music. We will have strings, a harpsichord and four vocalists from Opera MODO perform about 16 songs. We’ll have a few extra scores, but more are needed. More string players are welcome to join in. This FREE event is part of our Knight Arts Challenge project, which is also supported by the Kresge Foundation and generous individuals.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 7p-10

Classical Revolution Detroit – Messiah Singalong & Nutcracker Dance-along
@ N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art  
(Facebook event)
52 E. Forest Ave. (at Woodward) Detroit, MI 48201
The holiday spirit moves Classical Revolution Detroit (CutTime Simfonica) to hold a gallery reading of Handel’s profoundly beautiful Christmas oratorio The Messiah! We have strings, flute, harpsichord and four powerful vocalists from Opera MODO to perform, and you are welcome to sing the arias to yourself and to belt  out the choruses! Doug Scott joins us on keys and his wife Carole on flute. Scores will be available and string players are welcome to join the Messiah orchestra. We’ll also perform most of the Nutcracker Suite in a new CutTime arrangement, with room for dancing or moving around in the back. PLUS, we’ll briefly celebrate Beethoven’s birthday with parts of 2 famous symphonies. A cash bar is available. This FREE event is part of our Knight Arts Challenge project, which is also supported by the Kresge Foundation and generous individuals.

Monday, December 21, 2015 7p-8

Classical Revolution Detroit – City of Trees
@ Pharaoh’s Lounge
12527 Woodward Ave. Highland Park, MI 48203
Mr. CutTime brings his music to his boyhood home in Highland Park with a lively set of strings and drums. We’ll play his hits Pork ‘n Beans, Gitcha Groove On! and of course everyone’s favorite City of Trees. Join in on shakers, tambourine and cowbell! This FREE event is part of our Knight Arts Challenge project, which is also supported by the Kresge Foundation and generous individuals.

Saturday, January 23, 2016 7:30pm – 9:15

CutTime Simfonica – Strings Can Do Amazing Things
@ The Blacksmith Shop (press link)
324 E. Main Street, Manchester, MI 48158
Simfonica visits this small town southwest of Ann Arbor for an intimate workshop with several string students and a fun evening concert at this historic site. Our variety program includes familiar symphonies and dances of Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Joplin, Ellington and Brahms, plus Robinson’s rich array of funky-romantic hits, Pork ‘n Beans and City of Trees, and Gitcha Groove On! featuring violinist John McLaughlin Williams.
Tickets are $10-20.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 8:30-10

CutTime Simfonica – Santa Domingo Holiday
@ Iglesia de Regina Angelorum (Link)
Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic
CutTime performs as part of the 2016 Concierto de la Villa Festival, including this fundraiser featuring Mr. CutTime’s Pork ‘n Beans and his popular arrangement of Ellington’s Martin Luther King from the ballet Three Black Kings.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 7p-10

Classical Revolution Detroit – Symphony in We
@ Always Brewing
(coffeehouse) (event link)
19180 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223
Our final event of this Knight Foundation grant will show just about everything we’ve learned in the yearlong project: audience joining in on eggshakers, poets adding meaning to instrumental music, plus new music that cooks with both classical and dance groove flavors. Always Brewing is now our Rosedale home for classical music with SOUL!
We’re rounding up players now, but rumor has it Barrage 8 violinist Davis West will join John McLaughlin Williams on violins, Leslie DeShazor on viola, Rick Robinson on bass and Mike List on his cajon. Special guests so far include baritone James Rose singing from the American Songbook. This free event is sponsored by the Knight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and many generous donors.

Friday, February 26, 2016 7pm-10

CutTime Simfonica – Spoken Word Mashup
@ N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art (event link)
52 E Forest Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201
CutTime Simfonica mixes it up in the black box theater for its 2nd performance with some of Detroit’s great poets, such as Bill Harris, Ju Hall and Blk Smith, plus other surprises. The audience will be invited to join in at times. Learn classical music in a new way!
Tickets are $5-8.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 7:30p-9

CutTime Players – Symphonic Boogie
@ Fair Lane Music Guild – Henry Ford Estate
4901 Greenfield Rd. Dearborn, MI 48128
CutTime Players (mixed octet) blows out Henry Ford’s Pool Room for a lively program of symphonic hits, merriment and key information that brings classical music to life.
Tickets are $15/14/9 here.

PROGRAM:
Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla Mikhail Glinka
Dance of the Comedians Bedrich Smetana
Menuetto from Symphony No. 4 (Italian) Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 7 Slow mvmt Ludwig van Beethoven
Martin Luther King Duke and Mercer Ellington
Russian Sailors Dance Reinhold Gliere
Ride of the Valkyries Richard Wagner
Carmen Suite (9 movements) George Bizet

 Saturday, June 4, 2016 2p-3

CutTime Simfonica – Light of Music
@ Soulardarity Annual Meeting (Event Link) (noon-5p)
Prayer Temple of Love Cathedral
17 Highland St Highland Park, MI 48203  (MAP)
Simfonica strings and drums extend classical music and joy to this remarkable new organization, volunteering to light up the The City of Trees with solar-powered streetlights. The city’s former motto is also the title of Rick Robinson’s hit track of 2009 about the struggle to grow up in HP. His musical journey began right down the next street and at the McGregor Library. Audience is encouraged to play percussion in several works, enjoy learning the secrets to enjoying this music, plus enjoy the food and beverages available. Donations are requested.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 noon-2p

CutTime Simfonica – Join the Orchestra
@ Classical Tuesdays @ Campus Martius (link)
800 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48226
Mr. CutTime brings the dynamic string quartet + drums (CutTime Simfonica) to take classical music out for a joyride ’round the park, with lively arrangements of famous works by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Ellington, Joplin and yes, Beethoven too. Included on the program are Robinson’s own popular funky-romantic works, Pork ‘n Beans and City of Trees, plus a surprise or two. JOIN IN on toy percussion you bring or we supply!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 7p-9

CutTime Simfonica – Cutting Classical Loose
@ Steinway Piano Gallery (link)
2700 E. West Maple Rd. Commerce Township, MI 48390
For their first appearance at the Steinway Gallery auditorium, Simfonica (string quartet and drums) take classical often to visit the other side of the musical spectrum, featuring Director Robinson’s hit classics, including the rarely performed First Grief. Also on the program are swinging samples of Bach, Mozart, Joplin, Ellington, Still and Brahms! Don’t miss this unique show as Rick is joined by local jazzers, violinist Davis West, violist Leslie DeShazor and drummer Mike List.
Audience may join in with soft eggshakers and perhaps onstage.
Tickets are $20 at the door; $15 for members. Wine will be available for purchase.

Saturday, July 16, 2016 TBA

CutTime Simfonica – Where It All Began
@ Highland Park Music Festival @ McGregor Public Library
12244 Woodward Ave. Highland Park, MI 48203
Mr. CutTime brings his music and award-winning compositions to the very building that began his love affair with classical music. Closed since 2002, the McGregor Library, a classic Beaux Arts-style building opened in 1926. On the lawn is this annual music festival celebrating the musical arts in this unique enclave of Detroit. Bring percussion to join in music of Mozart, Bach and Robinson’s own Pork ‘n Beans. His Highland Park, MI: City of Trees will take on more meaning, played so close to its source.
This appearance is sponsored by Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings.

August 6, 2016 7:30p-8:15

CutTime Simfonica – Street Symphony
@ Sidewalk Festival
Corner of Lahser & Grand River
The symphony returns to the best sounding alley in NW Detroit for the 3rd annual Sidewalk festival all around the famous Redford Theater. This free festival of radical and participatory art-making is ideal for CutTime’s mission to clue in a broader public to the joys and power of classical music. Audience join in on toy percussion and learn how classical can help us even today. Look for us in the alley next to Motor City Java House.

August 20, 2016 8:45p-11

CutTime Players – Symphoni-Cruz
@ Lake George Music Festival (link)
CutTime® returns to upstate NY for a 5th year to work with young alumni of leading music schools for orchestra, chamber and club classical events. Mr. CutTime leads the music aboard the Minnie Ha-Ha steam paddlewheel with a 9-piece CutTime Players  playing an eclectic and lively mix from Ruslan Overture to Blue Danube to Claude Bolling’s Jazz Flute Suite to Vivaldi’s Spring!

 Saturday, September 10, 2016 4:30p-5:30

CutTime Simfonica – Social Symphony
@ 21CMPosium conference @ DePauw University – Green Center Great Hall
605 S. College Ave., Greencastle, Indiana 46135 (link)
CutTime proves again that symphonic and classical favorites can work in the noisy club  setting of an afternoon mixer during this inaugural conference around the future of classical music. Whether as background or foreground, classical music can become part of the soundtrack of everyone’s lives. Participation and entertainment can balance the exclusivity that prevents many from sampling the music. We will feature student musicians of the school.

 Thursday, October 6, 2016 9am-10:30

CutTime Simfonica – Classical Cuts Loose
TEDx Detroit @ Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201
Mr. CutTime (former-DSO bassist Rick Robinson) presents CutTime Simfonica and his revolutionary compositions at this famous lecture series, and why symphonic music needs to have some fun with audiences even in noisy club settings. CutTime is forging a new tradition that values community expression in balance with the tools of classical.
See the video here.

Saturday, December 3, 2016 10:15pm-11:45

Classical Revolution Detroit – Noel Night Feast
LaPalma Mediterranean Restaurant
113 E. Canfield at John R Detroit, MI 48201
Classical Revolution Detroit comes to La Palma for a lively and interactive post-Noel Night celebration led by Rick Robinson (Mr. CutTime) and his string quartet CutTime Simfonica. Participate in the fun on toy percussion with familiar music from The Nutcracker, a possible Messiah singalong, Christmas Time Is Here, and much more over two sets! This landmark series has been taking classical music off the pedestal around Detroit for six years now.

Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:30pm-9

CutTime Players – That Warm Fuzzy Feeling
Rocky River Senior Center – FREE
21014 Hilliard Blvd Rocky River, OH 44116
CutTime’s mixed octet Players returns to Ohio for a winter blast of symphonic holiday favorites with surprises, humor and sleighbells. We’ll feature familiar parts of The Nutcracker, Jesu Joy, Winter by Vivaldi, Greensleeves, Sleigh rides and the Hallelujah Chorus too. Join us for a very special evening!

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017 7:30pm-9

CutTime Simfonica – Amadeus a Go Go
@ 20 Front Street
20 E. Front St., Lake Orion, MI 48362 (on Lapeer Rd.)(map)

What does Mozart have to do with dance? An awful lot as you’ll discover at this event, in a new venue made from an old GARAGE. So we’re calling it Amadeus a Go Go! We’ll spin a program weaving Mozart into 200 years of musical evolution… or not. The point is that we’ll have a great time when we put YOU at the center of classical music. This is the same exciting “program” as Sunday, and yet every set is slightly unique. Robinson (bass) will be joined by CutTime veterans, violinists Dan Winnick and Joe Deller, violist Leslie DeShazor and drummer Mike List.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 3p-5

CutTime Simfonica – Wolfie Turns Into a Bar
@ Steinway Piano Gallery (link)
2700 E. West Maple Rd. Commerce Township, MI 48390

Following a successful debut at TEDx Detroit in October, the sweet and funky combination of strings & drums in CutTime Simfonica return to warm up the Steinway Piano Gallery. With some of the hottest classical and crossover adventures as CLUB entertainment, hear and JOIN IN on the dancing symphonies of Mozart (birthday!), Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Joplin, Still and Ellington, plus at least 2 funky Detroit hits by Rick Robinson (Mr. CutTime). Audience joins in (follow drummer) on toy percussion, making classical music both personal and shared. Robinson (bass) will be joined by violinists Dan Winnick and Joe Deller, violist Leslie DeShazor and drummer Mike List.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 8p-11

Classical Revolution Detroit – Classical Rocks
@PJ’s Lager House (map)
1254 Michigan Ave. Detroit 48226

Classical and symphonic music, sometimes with a beat, pops up in the wildest places since Classical Revolution came to Detroit in 2010. It rose to new heights in 2015 with a Knight grant and now look at us. Thanks to a donation, we are coming out this month to celebrate the recent press, the new video, and updating online 3 tracks with our drummer. CutTime Simfonica leads the charge with MOT concertmaster Eliot Heaton, Phobe Gelzer-Gozatos, Leslie DeShazor, Rick Robinson and Mike List. This is a FREE event where audience gets to join in on some percussion and recite LIMERICKS to music!

Sat., April 1, 2017 10am-11

CutTime Simfonica – I Hear a Symphony
@ Grosse Pointe Public Library 
(link) for Grosse Pointe War Memorial
10 Kercheval Ave. Grosse Pointe, MI 48236 (Map)

CutTime Simfonica creates a close encounter with classical music for kids and adults. Come see what goes into making the symphony work as musicians perform together. This interactive experience will let you enjoy the performance, learn about music, and get up and dance! CutTime will feature MOT Concertmaster Eliot Heaton, Phobe Gelzer-Gozatos, Leslie DeShazor, Rick Robinson and Mike List.
Audience is invited to join in on toy percussion.
FREE of charge!

Saturday, July 22, 2017 12:30p-1:30

CutTime Simfonica – HP Town Musicians
@ McGregor Library (map link)(FB event link)
12244 Woodward Ave. Highland Park, MI 48203

CutTime® returns to the Highland Park Music Festival, a block from the founder’s boyhood home, to lively up classical music for the youngest of the struggling urban islanders. Instrumental music takes us out to see the world through the mind’s eyes and connects disparate communities through common themes such as food, dance, movement and rhythm. Audience is encourage to play percussion and try the instrument petting zoo! The programs starts with the popular story Bremen Town Musicians.
Sponsored by ArtOps.

Sunday, July 23, 2017 9a-10

CutTime Simfonica – Beacon Park opener with Detroit Yoga Lab
@ Beacon Park (link)
1903 Grand River Ave. at the Armory (FB event link)

CutTime® SLOWS IT DOWN for once, to open the long-awaited Beacon Park on Grand River in a weekend of events. The string quartet, without the drums, will feature music for deep breathing, relaxation and stretching, such as Gymnopedie #1, Air on the G-string and the Robinson Serenade to moderate tempos by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius.

Monday-Tuesday, July 31 – August 1, 2017 2pm-2pm

CutTime Simfonica – Central UP Invasion
@ Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts (link)
101 Maple St. Manistee, MI 49660

Everyone deserves LIVE symphonic music, and the string quartet with drums, CutTime Simfonica, brings 5 lively, outdoor, pop-up concerts to info-tain Onekama, Manistee and Ludington, MI and draw attention to the theater where they play at Tuesday 10a.

Saturday, August 5, 2017 7:15p-8:10

CutTime Simfonica – Gimmie Classical
@ Sidewalk Detroit Festival (link)
Artists’ Village at Old Redford Theater

For our fourth year at this surprising street festival, CutTime® evangelizes classical and symphonic hits as JOY for Detroit’s real people, who can join the music-making with percussion and dancing. Dancers will float thru on occasion to dances from Bach, to Brahms, to Tchaikovsky, to Ellington, to Michael Jackson. It’s time to cut loose to classical! Look for us in the alley at Lasher.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 7:30p-9

CutTime Players – A Symphony in Your Pocket
@ Rocky River Senior Center (map)
21014 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River, OH 44116

The auditorium at the Rocky River Civic Center is glad to see Mr. CutTime return with many CIM grads. We brought down the house at Christmas time. So the expectations are high for a summertime grand slam. The variety program features famous, lively symphonic standards such as Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture, selections from Bizet’s Carmen, the famous slow movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony as well as Fur Elise. They will also premiere Rick Robinson’s newest version of Pork ‘n Beans.
Facebook link Tickets are $20 only at the door.

Friday, September 8, 2017  7p & 8:30

CutTime Simfonica – Detroit ’67: City of Trees
@ Detroit Institute of Arts – Rivera Court (link)
8521 N Lilley Rd, Canton Twp, MI 48187

CutTime® SLOWS IT DOWN for once to bring a heavy classical program centered around the 50 year anniversary of the Detroit 1967 Uprising. The full CutTime Simfonica string sextet + drums will feature dramatic and grieving compositions by CutTime founder-bassist-composer Rick Robinson (Mr. CutTime). We will counterbalance with spicy Ellington, swing Bach and Robinson’s Pork ‘n Beans, likely with audience volunteers.  Rick’s hit Highland Park, MI: City of Trees animate an experience growing up in the long shadow of that rebellion and Beethoven’s fiery piano sonata known as the Pathetique will rock supremely on strings. MOT Concertmaster Eliot Heaton joins Mr. CutTime to fulfill the promise of CutTime with improvisation.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 2p-4

Classical Revolution Detroit – Open Classical for Open Streets
@ Open Streets Detroit Festival – under viaduct by Michigan Central Train Depot
Near corner of 17th St. on Vernor Hwy., CutTime® is back on the streets sharing classical’s liveliest music with experimentation, featuring Simfonica strings, drums… and you the audience! CutTime Simfonica mixes classical and symphonic, often with a beat to cross over into rock, jazz and bassist Rick Robinson’s spicy Pork ‘n Beans! Join the band on toy percussion, or bring your own to this safe, family event stretching 3.5 miles from Detroit’s Corktown to Mexicantown. People walk, rollerblade or bike this worldwide, annual happening.