What: Lisa Campi Walters in concert
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 910 E. 3rd Ave., Durango
Tickets: $15 for adults and $5 for students and children. Available at www.3rdAveArts.org, by calling 1-800-838-3006 and at the door.
When she was in elementary school, Campi saw her brother receive candy for attending piano class. So she decided to start going to piano class, too. And she has been playing ever since.
Campi will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Durango. She will play tunes by Frederic Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Alberto Ginastera and Achille-Claude Debussy.
Campi said the concert will feature "a little bit of old and a little bit of new."
While Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy are classical composers, Ginastera is a more modern musician. The classical composes are important, Campi said, because they have stood the test of time.
"They break down previously established barriers," she said.
To illustrate one of these barriers, Campi referred to "Opus 110" by Beethoven, which she will be playing at the concert. According to Campi, Beethoven used "Opus 110" to destroy the traditional sonata a piece generally played as a solo or with a small ensemble of instruments. He inserted vocals into his pieces and added a fugue technique combining two or more independent voices. Typically, that's a style associated with Baroque music, not sonatas.
Chopin destroyed another barrier. Campi said Chopin raised the difficulty level of piano music and changed the way pianists play. Before Chopin, pianists kept their wrists stiff while playing. His influence, however, prompted pianists to play with more fluidity in their wrists.
Also before Chopin, etudes short musical compositions used for practice were viewed as ways to master a certain technique, Campi said. While musicians would play them over and over again, they never performed them. Chopin turned the etude into a concert piece.
Classical composers are the "bread and butter" of modern music, Campi said. She said she believes music is one of the most important things in the world.
"Music brings peace and joy and contemplation and excitement to people's lives," Campi said.