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Boston Symphony challenges L.A. Philharmonic to city-based song battle

The Boston Symphony has taken to Twitter to challenge the Los Angeles Philharmonic to a city-themed musical showdown as the Red Sox and Dodgers duke it out in the World Series.

Boston’s preeminent orchestral outfit handled national anthem duties ahead of Game 2 of the World Series, a game in which the Red Sox beat the Dodgers by a score of 4-2 to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.

Just ahead of Wednesday night’s first pitch, the Boston Symphony’s official Twitter account posted video of the orchestra performing a rendition of “Shipping up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys, a song synonymous with the city that is often played at Fenway Park.

Upping the ante, Boston Symphony’s musical director Andris Nelsons first issued a challenge to Gustavo Dudamel, requesting his Los Angeles Philharmonic counterpart come up with an Los Angeles-themed song to perform.

Oh, it’s on.

The official account of the Los Angeles Philharmonic put up a poll requesting that followers select an apropos, city-based ditty.

Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” is obviously fitting, but “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond? That has to be a shot at Boston, as that classic song is played at Fenway during the eighth inning of every Red Sox game, despite having no local ties whatsoever.  Heck, Neil Diamond is from New York City, of all places. Interesting choice.

Let’s just say that if some kind of Twitter war ensues between the respective cities’ classical music-loving population as a result of the Boston Symphony’s tweeted challenge … well, expect the tone and rhetoric to be somewhat more sophisticated. Or maybe not.