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Music Review

Two brass players step into the spotlight

Over the years the Boston Classical Orchestra has carved a niche for itself presenting early classical symphonies in an iconic Boston venue, Faneuil Hall. But the orchestra’s loyal audiences also seem to appreciate the frequent opportunities BCO provides to see well-known and should-be-better-known local musicians performing as soloists in unusual repertory.

In this vein, Sunday’s BCO concert brought a well-deserved turn in the spotlight for two newer members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s brass section: Toby Oft and Rachel Childers. It’s true of course that Oft, as principal trombone, may be heard in plenty of orchestral solos over the course of a Symphony Hall season, but I would doubt he has held out much hope that the BSO will ever feature him in Ferdinand David’s Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra. And yet there he was on Sunday with this perfectly listenable work by the forgotten 19th-century concertmaster who inspired Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and taught the great violinist Joseph Joachim. Oft’s playing was grounded yet flexible, his tone ringing and golden. It was a pleasure to hear.

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