“The Boston Symphony Orchestra is no stranger to taking part in the special occasions for sports events. After all, they took part in the national anthem before Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night,” writes Hayden Bird in Thursday’s (10/25) Boston Globe. “And prior to the Red Sox taking a 2-0 lead in the series over the Dodgers, the BSO released a challenge of its own to its Los Angeles counterpart. ‘We challenge Gustavo [Dudamel] and the LA Philharmonic to top our theme song,’ said BSO musical director Andris Nelsons. Naturally, Nelsons meant ‘Shipping up to Boston’ by the Dropkick Murphys. The BSO’s rendition was met with approval from the song’s originators. Dudamel and LA have yet to formally respond, though the LA Philharmonic’s Twitter account launched a poll asking for a vote on whether listeners prefer ‘Sweet Caroline’ or ‘I love LA.’ This isn’t the first time the BSO has gotten into a friendly World Series competition with the opposing city’s orchestra. In 2013, they battled musically with St. Louis, playing Irving Berlin’s ‘Anything You Can Do.’ ” The BSO has posted the “Shipping up to Boston” video at Facebook and Twitter. The Red Sox currently lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Posted October 25, 2018