BSO Orchestra And St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Brass-Off Video

BSO Orchestra And St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Brass-Off Video

By Sarah Bryan Miller sbmiller@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8249

You’d expect brass players to be a little out there in terms of personality; after all, they play instruments that are a lot out there in terms of decibel levels. So it’s not surprising that the brass sections of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra are facing off in a new video on YouTube.

It starts with SLSO principal trumpet Karin Bliznik and colleagues talking a little trash to her BSO friends; BSO fourth trumpet Michael Martin responds. Mini-maestro Seiji Ozawa pops out like the title character in “Alien,” and the friendly rivals take turns performing a mashup of Irving Berlin’s “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” from “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” and “Sweet Caroline.”

In St. Louis’s favor: A more gender-balanced group (four women in the SLSO versus one female French horn player in the BSO), and four spokespeople instead of the BSO’s lone ranger Martin. Bass trombonist Gerry Pagano, his beard grown to Z.Z. Top proportions, gets off a good one about a Red Sox distinguishing characteristic. In Boston’s favor: Ozawa has the best moment in the video. And they both sound pretty good.