Students Thrive on $5 – Rudi Herrig

Students in Greeley-Evans School District 6 are enjoying unique learning experiences and opportunities because of donors like you. This February, we’re encouraging you to #OptimizeYourFives and give to The Success Foundation’s Thrive on $5 Employee Giving Campaign. Donations made through the Thrive on $5 Campaign go straight back to teachers through our 21st Century Grant Program.

Student, Rudi Herrig,  had the unique experience of playing a commissioned piece of music for Brentwood Middle School, written by local composer, Peter Romero. His teacher, Kathy Azari, purchased a new keyboard along with the piece. The piece, titled The Visitation, is written for horn and piano, and is specifically written to incorporate the natural sounds around us. Mr. Romero began composing the piece, by going to the Poudre Learning Center and just listening. He listened to the sounds around him, and took a few recordings of birds chirping. He then slowed those recordings down, and wrote the notes the birds sang into the piece. The piece imitates the natural sounds around us that we often don’t consider to be music.

Having a piece written for Brentwood Middle School was a very fun experience. It made me think about how composers are real people, like Mr. Romero, the composer of this piece. I always heard of Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart, and thought of only their music, but having a live person write this piece made me feel more connected to all of the old composers because they were people just like me too. It also inspired me to create different sounds that emulate different things such as the natural world.” – Rudi Herrig

We had the chance to talk to horn player, Rudi Herrig, about the piece. Rudi is in 8th grade, and said performing it has been an inspiration. “It made me think about how composers are real people, like Mr. Romero, the composer of this piece. I always heard of Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart, and thought of only their music, but having a live person write this piece made me feel more connected to all of the old composers because they were people just like me too.”

 

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