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Boston Symphony Orchestra quintet to help set stage for Game 5

Will perform Dropkick Murphys standard in video prior to Blues-Bruins face-off

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

BSO: 'I'm Shipping Up to Boston'

The BSO plays 'I'm Shipping Up to Boston'

A quintet from the Boston Symphony Orchestra performs 'I'm Shipping Up to Boston' with the Stanley Cup at key landmarks around the city

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BOSTON -- Performing with the Stanley Cup in four scenic locations in Boston, a quintet from the Boston Symphony Orchestra will play an instrumental version of the Dropkick Murphys song "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" to set the tone for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Sportsnet and NBC will air the video clip before face-off between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues at TD Garden on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). The best-of-7 series is tied.


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The quintet was filmed with the Stanley Cup on Wednesday at Fan Pier Boston, Quincy Market, Massachusetts State House and on Acorn Street. The video clip shows the musicians performing in each place with game highlights and live calls from the networks.

"The Boston Symphony Orchestra is quintessential Boston," NHL Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer Steve Mayer said. "To travel with them to one landmark after another and to see how this all played out, we really feel we have a piece that will showcase Boston to the world tonight."

Led by NHL Senior Vice President of Events and Entertainment Bob Chesterman and NHL Director of Events Christine Cortez, the NHL conducted site surveys and coordinated with the City of Boston on Tuesday. 

Four vans carried musicians and crew from location to location with a police escort Wednesday, working from 1-6:30 p.m. including from 2-6 with the quintet.

"Of course, everywhere we went it attracted a crowd," said Russ Siberine, vice president of NHL Studios and the director of the project. "People wanted their picture with the Cup."

The video production crew edited from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. Thursday, then continued working into Thursday. The video clip is 1 minute, 30 seconds.

"This came together in days," Mayer said. "Kudos to my team for their incredible work. We are having fun making the Final as big as it can be both on and off the ice."

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