Previous Seasons

2013-2014 Season of Public Performances


 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”*

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