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BSO And St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Throw Down In Epic World Series ‘Brass-Off’


The Boston and St. Louis symphony orchestras are home to some of the country’s most talented musicians, but neither is above some good old-fashioned smack talk ahead of the World Series.

In a video posted to the BSO’s YouTube account just hours before the Red Sox host the Cardinals in Game 1 of the championship series, the brass section of each orchestra light-heartedly taunts each other, throwing verbal fisticuffs about Boston’s past rivalry with St. Louis, and the Cardinals’ many appearances in the World Series.

SLSO: “Don’t get impatient as we cruise towards our 12th championship. At this point we don’t even remember how to lose.”

BSO: “You remembered how to lose in 2004. You remembered really well.”

After some more back and forth, former BSO conductor and music director laureate Seiji Ozawa pops up from behind trumpet player Michael Martin and shouts, “Bring it on!” before the two groups launch into a fierce “brass off” of “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better.”

Watch the video above.


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  • edmargerum

    St. Louis can waltz, but Boston has schmaltz.

  • tdsthomas

    Ok, WHO is the HOT Tuba player? NAMES! I need NAMES!

  • tdsthomas

    It seems as though St. Louis is playing live and the BSO prerecorded and is now “lip syncing” for the filming.

  • Beth Ann Vosskuhler-Waleski

    You mean people actually question this??

  • Ellen

    If only politicians could behave this way!!!!

  • brian

    You’re all winners!!!

  • bigyaz

    I assume you’re just trolling here, but I’ll bite: You’re apparently invalidating the Cardinals’ World Series wins in 2011 and 2006, right? In 2011 they made it as the wild card. In 2006 they won a pitiful 83 regular-season games and only made the playoffs because the rest of their division was so bad.

    Nice try.