Two string concerts are planned for Thursday and Friday in Hillsdale, both free and open to the public.
The performances, at 7 p.m. in the David Middle School auditorium, are presented by Hillsdale County School of the Arts as part of its “Summer String Festival,” a two-week camp for all levels of ‘string players in the Hillsdale area.
The first show is Thursday with a guest artist recital by Rick Robinson and CutTime Simfonica.
Robinson, now popularly known as Mr. CutTime, will also perform with local students in their final concert on Friday.
After retiring from 22 years as a bassist and classical composer playing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Robinson founded CutTime Productions, dedicated to helping classical music students improve their musical education and talents in accessible ways and low cost.
CutTime Simfonica also began more than 10 years ago in Detroit when a group of string and percussion players from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra decided to form a separate group.
According to its mission statement, the group hopes to “come together to inspire stronger communities with your local classical and symphonic musicians.”
Both missions align with the mission of the Hillsdale County School of the Arts. He also hopes to help local students of all ages and abilities through musical opportunities, such as the string festival.
Davis Middle School is located at 30 N. West St., Hillsdale.