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I Hear a Symphony

April 1 at 10am

GPPL LogoAt the Grosse Pointe Public Library — Central Branch
10 Kercheval Avenue, Grosse Pointe Farms

Free — no registration required

CutTime Simfonica creates a close encounter with classical music for kids and adults.

Come see what goes into making the symphony work as musicians perform together! This interactive experience will let you enjoy the performance, learn about music, and get up and dance! CutTime will feature Michigan Opera Theatre Concertmaster Eliot Heaton, Phobe Gelzer-Gozatos, Leslie DeShazor, Rick Robinson and Mike List.

About CutTime Simfonica

A string and percussion ensemble, CutTime Simfonica came to life over eleven years within the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Inspired by five years of transcribing symphonic works for CutTime Players, CutTime founder Rick Robinson had a vivid dream in 1999, with urgent new music. He captured this, and by 2003 completed a 20-minute work for full orchestra, the Essay No. 1 (After Sibelius). It was read publicly in 2004, and then premiered in 2006, both by the DSO with Thomas Wilkins conducting.

Following the premiere, Detroit Free Press music critic Mark Stryker wrote that Robinson was "an armchair composer with promise and a taste for fleshy, romantic textures and orchestration." Only then did Robinson attempt to live up to that promise, still self-taught, to launch this second outreach ensemble. The results are a dozen funky-romantic works that make a colorful bridge into the symphony for the curious. Simfonica is the new club band that completely resets the context for classical music.


CutTime founder Rick Robinson

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