Monday, August 2, 2021

New Normal Rep: Final week to stream New Normal Rep's LINES IN THE DUST by Pulitzer Prize-nominated & Obie Award-winning playwright NIKKOLE SALTER

Now streaming through August 8 at 
Nikkole Salter

NIKKOLE SALTER (Playwright). Hailed by Variety as "thoroughly convincing", this Los Angeles-born, OBIE Award-winning actress and writer arrived onto the professional scene with her co-authorship and co-performance (with Danai Gurira) of the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, In The Continuum (ITC). For its Off-Broadway run at Primary Stages and the Perry Street Theatre and for its US State Department and Bloomberg sponsored international tour, Ms. Salter received an OBIE Award, and the NY Outer Critics Circle's John Gassner Award for Best New American Play, the Seldes-Kanin fellowship from the Theatre Hall of Fame, and the Global Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations to name a few. Ms. Salter also received Helen Hayes and Black Theatre Alliance nominations for Best Actress for her performance. ITC, published by Samuel French, was pronounced - by The New York Times, Newsday and New York Magazine - one of the best plays of 2005 and was featured in numerous esteemed media outlets including Essence Magazine, American Theatre Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and NPR's Leonard Lopate Show.  ITC has received over 20 productions across the world to date.

CutTime Productions, LLC: CutTime® Premieres New Romance for Barbara!

Rick Robinson writes:

Hey Friend!

It's CUT TIME! And I have a lot of celebrations to share today!

First and foremost is that I’ve cleared up my claim as a gig worker to finally receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance dating back over a year! I was able to pay back several friends for personal loans, and relieve those who just gave me money, including my dear Bass Mom Barbara VanDusen. After 10 years of steady support, I was able to thank her by composing and performing Romance Indeed, a new romantic work, at All Seasons Birmingham with dozens attending (picture at top).

In March the famous Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in NYC invited me to create a new arrangement of Haydn’s Seven Last Words for string orchestra, oboe and horn for a streamed performance with a social justice theme by theologian Dr. Keri Day. The hour-long video is here and is quite moving. Tickets are $5 and up.

My first job was principal bass for 3 years at the Canton Symphony Orchestra of Ohio back in the 1980s. Not only is the beloved music director Gerhardt Zimmermann still there, but he has been trying to schedule a performance of my debut work, Essay No. 1 After Sibelius, for 10 years now. That day should arrive February 13, 2022, and I will be on hand to set context and some balances. Meanwhile, the CSO invited me to speak on their pioneering podcast series “Orchestrating Change,” which is now available here, about my experience of inequities in the industry and how we can move forward, possibly with the help of CutTime® attitudes, methods and sheet music publications.
I also spoke to their initial class of Summer Leadership Program. It feels like a great homecoming to teach eager students around Cleveland.

Another such homecoming was to make my compositional debut in Colorado by the National Repertory Orchestra performing my popular Pork ‘n Beans in Breckenridge recently. I attended this summer training orchestra in 1982, and began working closely with its long-time music director Carl Topilow at the Cleveland Institute of Music for conducting and audition classes. I could not travel to the concert; nor was it streamed. So I look forward to having an archival recording soon.

Our ProMusica of Detroit concert with CutTime Simfonica® and interview continues to draw attention, inc. a written review. We even aired a follow-up interview recently. If you want to skip the rambling interview segments, here is the YouTube playlist featuring just the musical tracks (6) featuring Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra Concertmaster Eliot Heaton! These are now our best videos to showcase my work arranging, composing and building new pathways for classical music to belong to everyone. I remain ever grateful.

Healthwise, I have been cycling strongly again this year, as well as subbing into Michigan Philharmonic and Detroit Symphony, despite some stubborn lower back issues. Requests for CutTime ensembles did not materialize this summer, so I took the time to heal, and had a breakthrough POP 10 days ago! Barring another virus surge in Michigan, I hope to produce a well-rehearsed, full concert this fall premiering FOUR new works from last year, plus the haunting, unrecorded Idyll for English horn and strings. We’ll fundraise for this concert and a video release to share freely online. I will have also polished Essay No. 2 Never Forget, and will start sending scores out to conductors.

Speaking of whom, I want to remember a very beloved, indefatigable conductor-pianist-teacher who recently passed away. Byron Hanson (pictured below) was an Interlochen legend, having worked tirelessly with its founder Joe Maddy. He was everywhere on campus, knew every music student, gave extra time to any who asked, and passed on his addiction for musical details and history to most of us. He accompanied me on three recitals, two concerto competitions, took me to Flapjack Shack, and even offered to teach me to CONDUCT the Interlochen Arts Academy orchestra in a reading of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. (I stuck with just playing.) Alas, I never had his gifts for teaching. But his modeling of preparedness, precision and passion remain with me. Thank you Byron!

And thank YOU friend for reading, caring and referring CutTime for classical music entertainment.
Stay SAFE out there!

- Rick Robinson
Artistic Director, CutTime Productions

Byron Hanson

Sunday, August 1, 2021, Berkeley, CA: "Sacred and Profane" to Audition for SATB to sing works of Rosephanye Powell & Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in Winter Season

Rosephanye Powell

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)

Berkeley, California

Are you an experienced vocalist looking for challenging repertoire and a wonderful choral community? We’d love for you to join us! Sacred and Profane, A Chamber Chorus has openings for voices in all sections (SATB) for our 2021–22 season. Fall rehearsals begin September 13, 2021.

Auditions are scheduled by appointment. Visit to learn more about our upcoming season and audition process. If you’ve got a healthy voice and a great attitude, contact us to schedule an audition. Send us an email with a brief description of your interest, experience, and your voice part to:

About Sacred and Profane, A Chamber Chorus:

Founded in 1977, Sacred & Profane is a chamber chorus that performs a wide variety of a cappella choral music. Concert repertoire includes sacred and secular works from the middle ages to the contemporary period, drawing from classical, ethnic & folk traditions. We aim to provide an inspiring & educational experience for audiences & chorus members through innovative programming, intensive preparation & high quality performances.

S&P is composed of 24 to 32 singers (SATB), each bringing superior musicianship, vocal skill, and dedication to the ensemble, achieving professional-level performances. As a result, the ensemble is capable of superior execution of challenging repertoire from across the musical canon, including contemporary and highly demanding works. Our talented singers represent many facets of our diverse Bay Area communities; from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and demographics. S&P embraces our vibrant membership and strives to explore and celebrate this through our repertoire.


For more information about the choir and repertoire, participation requirements, the audition process, or to schedule and audition, contact us:


Winter 2022 | Rhythm of Time: Music For Choir and Piano

Exploring our relationship to the passage of time through music for choir and piano by Benjamin Britten, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Rosephanye Powell, Franz Schubert, Conrad Susa, Dale Trumbore, and more. Jonathon Heyward conducts National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in Jessie Montgomery's "Banner" Saturday 7 August 7.30 pm [UK Time]

Jonathon Heyward

Jessie Montgomery

This summer, NYO musicians are investigating the subject of hope in music, a theme that matters to the young people in our musical community. Through these programmes, we reflect on how making music is an act of hope, how music can tell the story of hope, how it can reflect the emotional effect of a lack of hope, and how it can inspire hope in listeners. Every live performance this summer will be an exchange: a Hope Exchange between young people, the music they love and their audiences. Our performance at the BBC Proms is one of five live concerts across the UK in July and August. It will be conducted by the internationally renowned conductor Jonathon Heyward and performed by NYO and the brilliant violinist Nicola Benedetti on Saturday 7 August, at 7.30pm.

The concert will open with American composer Jessie Montgomery's symphonic piece Banner, a UK Premiere, originally written as a tribute for the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, the American national anthem. 

NYO’s teenage musicians will perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 and will be joined by violinist Nicola Benedetti for Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2.

The concert will also feature a new work, especially commissioned for NYO, by British composer, jazz trumpeter and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Laura Jurd.

Jessie Montgomery Banner (UK premiere)

Laura Jurd New work (London premiere)

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor

Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, 'Eroica'

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Jonathon Heyward

Nicola Benedetti violin 


Saturday, July 31, 2021

Bill Doggett: A beautiful Art Song in a beautiful performance

Bill Doggett writes:

Hello from Bill

I wanted to share this brand new performance of a lovely Art Song from Richard Thompson's Song Cycle, The Shadow of Dawn set to text by
Paul Laurence Dunbar.  From a cycle of 5 Songs, this is Love's Apotheosis.      The tenor is Martin Bakari, the pianist is Joe Williams.
I hope you like it as much as I do.   Please feel free to share.
Bill Doggett

Arts Engines: Aaron Dworkin Interviews Melissa Ngan, CEO of American Composers Orchestra!

Welcome to this week's episode of Arts Engines which now reaches over 100,000 weekly viewers in partnership with Detroit Public Television, Ovation TV, The Violin Channel and American Public Media including Performance Today and YourClassical. Arts Engines seeks to share the most valuable advice and input from arts administrators who tell their stories of creative problem-solving, policy, economic impact, crisis management and empowering the future of our field.

This week's guest is Melissa Ngan, President and CEO of American Composers Orchestra as she discusses the importance of collaborative leadership in a diverse world.  Enjoy... and have a creative week!

Patrick D. McCoy: August 6 at 11 a.m. EDT "Across the Arts" will welcome legendary soprano Roberta Alexander to THE OPERA DIVA SERIES

Patrick D. McCoy writes:

Dear Mr. Zick,

Please share with your readers that on Friday, August 6 at 11 a.m. EDT "Across the Arts" will welcome legendary soprano Roberta Alexander to THE OPERA DIVA SERIES.

It will be streamed on Facebook at:

And on YouTube (Please subscribe to get notifications)

John Malveaux: Michael Cooper shared this New Virtual Performance of Margaret Bonds's gorgeous SATB/piano arrangement of "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"

John Malveaux of writes:

Michael Cooper shared this NEW VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE of Margaret Bonds's gorgeous SATB/piano arrangement of THE NEGRO SPEAKS OF RIVERS sung by the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe, with Sky Lee, collaborative pianist.

John Malveaux

Friday, July 30, 2021

Bill Doggett: NEW Adolphus Hailstork Interview PREVIEWS George Floyd Requiem Cantata

Adolphus Hailstork
(Photo by Anne Peterson, 
Courtesy of Old Dominion University)

Hello from Bill Doggett.

I am sharing the first of two important Media pieces on composer Adolphus Hailstork.   

This interview gives new perspectives about The George Floyd Requiem Cantata "A Knee on The Neck" which world premieres March 26-28th 2022 with The National Philharmonic.

Alvin Singleton: On Apple Podcasts: Darmstadt On Air

Alvin Singleton

Alvin Singleton writes:

Darmstadt On Air

Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD) & the episode authors

Listen on Apple Podcasts: