Michigan-based CutTime Symphonica aims for audience involvement

Posted on: August 4, 2017

“When you think about classical music concerts you may think of a theatre with an orchestra on stage,” reports Shelli Adamczyk on Tuesday (8/1) at Upnorthlive.com (Traverse City, Mich.) “But a small symphony is working to change that, making the music more accessible and engaging. Tuesday afternoon the CutTime Symphonica played on the sidewalk in downtown Ludington [Michigan] giving visitors and residents a unique classical concert experience…. ‘We’re just trying to be the clutch between the great art and the people where they are,’ said [CutTime founder and double bassist] Rick Robinson…. Robinson takes a new group of musicians to locations throughout the state….  From playing some of the most well-known classics, to melodies Robinson composed himself, the group gets crowds involved…. They perform at [Michigan venues] like the Filmore restaurant in Manistee, the Portage Inn in Onekama and Waterfront Park in Ludington. The symphony was asked to come to the area to play by the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee.… The concerts were part of a program called Talk, Tunes and Tours … made to connect the public to local artists and events…. The group is now heading back to the Detroit area where they will play at the Detroit Sidewalk Festival this weekend.”

 

Click here to read Rick Robinson’s article in the Winter 2013 issue of Symphony magazine.

Posted August 4, 2017