Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Double Bassist Rick Robinson Announces 'CutTime Simfonica Inaugural Concert May 8, 2010'

[Kim Kennedy, Rick Robinson, Geoff Applegate, Jim VanValkenburg, Robert deMaine,
Caroline Coade]

On Nov. 9, 2009 AfriClassical wrote: “African American Double Bassist Rick Robinson of Detroit Symphony Leads CutTime Players.” Rick brings us news of his latest venture:

“Great things ARE happening in Detroit's music community!
You may know me as the bass player the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) hired 20 years ago. You may also know that since 1995 I've led several DSO colleagues in the CutTime Players, covering classical hits in schools and abroad. Recently, I've turned my creative focus to composing!

“After the DSO premiered my 'accidental' ESSAY (After Sibelius) in 2006, I began to write for a new string ensemble called CutTime Simfonica. The group features two violins, two violas, cello and bass, plus an occasional woodwind solo. My latest work, City of Trees, was inspired by my childhood in Highland Park, where I began playing strings and dreaming of orchestras.”

“I really enjoy reaching out to people with expressive music and incredible DSO musicians, and my mission is to share this passion with audiences everywhere! You can support my efforts, CutTime Simfonica, and our first CD recording by attending our inaugural concert and fundraiser the evening of Saturday, May 8, 2010 at the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center. The Arts League has graciously invited me to become a resident composer at The Carr Center and is helping us raise the money to record and distribute our work.

“I am most fortunate to be joined by several principal DSO colleagues for both the recording and this concert! Geoff Applegate, Kim Kaloyanides Kennedy, Jim VanValkenburg, Caroline Coade and Robert deMaine are deeply imaginative musicians who know when to swing! We will feature Robert in the dreamy Gabriel's Oboe, and guest Michigan Opera Theater oboist Sally Pituch in my Bach tribute, the Gigue Rondo. With fun, new arrangements of Beethoven and Duke Ellington, this is sure to be an incredible night!
Sincerely, Rick Robinson
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