Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Rick Robinson: CutTime News - 'City of Trees' Premiere! Saturday, April 6

CutTime Simfonica at
UMich Hospital
 CutTime News

- 'City of Trees' Premiere by MI Phil
- Upcoming Draylen Mason Tribute

Rick Robinson writes:

Dear Friends,        
I apologize that it's been quite the while since I posted. It's been a very busy first quarter for me, could promise to be a pivotal year for CutTime®, and even this WEEK is just amazing!

First off, CutTime Players finished an important run of FOUR concerts over TWO years at Rocky River (OH) Senior Center with alum from my alma mater, the Cleveland Institute of Music. Holiday concerts will never be the same after all we've done to engage audiences from their seats.

Next, CutTime Simfonica has enjoyed a string concerts in the first quarter: All Seasons, Birmingham Unitarian Church, UMich Hospital for Valentine's Day (picture above) and Rocky River Presbyterian Church, where we received a great professional review from Cleveland Classical!

It's been a delight to sub into Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, meet musicians and tell them about my work developing CutTime®, as well as play and contract some church orchestras in Grosse Pointe for a Bach concert and the upcoming Assumption Grotto musical mass series (April 21 & 28).

As a composer, I had a premiere in Pittsburgh, PA of the orchestration of my Elegy (2009) by the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra with an old friend Leslie Dunner conducting. And this Saturday is another premiere closer to home. The Michigan Philharmonic led my Nan Washburn will premiere my orchestration of my biggest hit Highland Park, MI: City of Trees! I can't wait, because I was able to add a lot to the popular "band version."

But WAIT! There's more!

Also coming up is the 2nd annual Draylen Mason Tribute concert, this time at the Detroit Public Library main branch auditorium across from the DIA on Sunday, May 5 at 2pm. This promises to be another moving commemorative of the young, charismatic bassist killed by a bomb in Austin, TX last year. We first did this around his birthday in May; but really anytime is appropriate to remember what America lost with his murder. We'll feature Simfonica strings, a local, young soloist, plus pictures, videos and stories of Dray. This is free and appropriate for children. Donations are encouraged.

Want to help CutTime redefine classical music in your community? Consider hosting a house concert, recommending us to your house of worship or as summer party music at the country club. Wherever you party is the PERFECT place for club classical!


- Rick Robinson (Mr. CutTime)

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