Two measures into a Haydn trio, and I knew what I had missed from the New Hollywoods. The Ahn Trio -- two twins plus a sister, born in Seoul, trained at Juilliard -- played their Friday program like angels on vitamins. Maybe Haydn's E-flat Trio (No. 29, if you're counting) was the most adventurous music on a program otherwise full of movie and movie-ish fare, but at least these kids played as if they knew what musical adventure is, or can be. For the Haydn, that meant some wonderful jolts as the harmony kept taking weird turns into the middle of next week and the rhythms did likewise. In pieces written for the group by the veterans Maurice Jarre (Dr. Zhivago) and Michael Nyman (The Piano), that meant more of an amiable saunter past the ghost of, let's say, your favorite café composer of the 1930s; in Kenji Bunch's Swing Shift: Music for Evening Hours, a suggestion might be made for shorter hours.
The kids are great, and you can't begrudge them the shadow of MTV that falls over their work. Even so, there's a grand repertory of classical trios out there, which needs all the help it can get.