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About mrcuttime

Classical music bassist turned pioneering arranger-composer-conductor while a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Resigned from DSO in 2012 to continue growing, by connecting new audiences to symphonic music with two touring CutTime® ensembles, a hundred published symphonic reductions, his own award-winning romantic compositions, and a revolutionary club classical series.

Classicism vs. Classism

I took part in a place-making workshop last week in Detroit. Despite the usual negative reports, my hometown is actually receiving huge private investments from billionaires, local corporations and major foundations, revitalizing central areas from Midtown down to the river. In these workshops (my second), … Continue reading

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Beyond Dumbing Down

This post is the speech I delivered at SphinxCon last week. (Video) Yes, it’s long at 15-minutes… but I’ll bring in some of the more interesting pictures from the slideshow. I’m leaving many words capitalized to show what I emphasized. … Continue reading

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Getting Real with Classical Music, Part 2

So I left off here writing about the need for our major institutions to go beyond dumbing down to reach the casual community. In support of that statement, I was at a dinner with a young black artist last month who has … Continue reading

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Knight Project Blogpost II – Let Me Count the Ways

I am in New York City for annual booking conferences with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and Chamber Music America (CMA). APAP is the largest such conference in North America with all kinds of artists like dance companies, pop … Continue reading

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What Did You Learn Playing Classical in Bars, Rick?

I was recently asked in a meeting what I had been learning by sight-reading (unrehearsed) and performing (rehearsed) classical in bars, clubs and restaurants. Where do I start? I learned that doing such will NOT convert listeners into single-ticket buyers, … Continue reading

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Why Is Your Music Neo-Romantic, Rick?

I only began composing in 1999, about 5 years after I started transcribing symphonic music for my mixed octet CutTime Players (CTP). It started when I had this extremely vivid waking dream of CTP. We were returning home from a tour, … Continue reading

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Getting Real with Classical Music Part 1

I often write in blog comments about the need for musicians to assume the lead making classical music (esp. symphonic music) truly accessible. By saying truly, I mean going beyond the usual exercise of playing a traditional program for elders at … Continue reading

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