I’m amazed to learn that these musicians are based here in the eastern Sierras, in Mammoth Lakes. It may have to do with being starved for good music, but my jaw dropped several times during this performance. Brian Schuldt on cello and Rebecca Hang on violin both played expertly as far as I could tell, but my attention was absorbed by Paulina Zamora on piano, probably due in part to my own struggles on the instrument. She moved from one style to another fluidly, playing one movement after another with undiminished power and life. Mmm.
I wish I had kept a program. I remember they opened with Beethoven, then played Cafe Music by Paul Schoenfield. After the intermission came a dance by Dvorak, then a meaty Brahms piece.