Bassist and Detroiter Rick Robinson is a 21 year member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). In 1995, he began arranging a hundred symphonic, classical and jazz masterworks for two unique outreach groups of DSO musicians calledCutTime. Robinson’s composing abilities flourished, and in 2006, his original workEssay After Sibelius was premiered by the DSO. Robinson has since composed a dozen works that blend classical with urban dance and folk idioms including Latin and gospel. He intends to use the fellowship to produce a debut recording and upgrade his promotional materials, while he pursues performance opportunities that make classical music fun for new audiences.