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Symphony smackdown: Game on with Super Bowl challenge

Screen shot from ‘CSOvsCSO’ on YouTube.
Screen shot from ‘CSOvsCSO’ on YouTube.

Count the Charlotte and Colorado symphony orchestras in the mix of the smack talk ahead of the Panthers-Broncos duel at Super Bowl 50.

In a lighthearted, 3 1/2-minute YouTube video called ‘CSOvsCSO’, the orchestras’ two Christophers - Charlotte music director Christopher Warren-Green, and Colorado associate conductor Christopher Dragon - dare each symphony to conduct a piece of the others’ choosing based on the outcome of Sunday's game.

“When we win,” says Dragon, “the other (then he throws in airquotes) CSO (end air quotes) has to play ‘Hoedown’ and their conductor wear a Peyton Manning jersey.”

Back to Warren-Green: “I'll go ahead and drop Cam's shirt in the mail so it's ready for you to conduct 'Sweet Caroline' at your next performance. Colorado Symphony: Game on.”

Then the scene cuts to the Colorado musicians mocking moonshine and NASCAR while snacking on Fig Newtons: “So soft and crumbly. They fold just like Cam Newton.”

Charlotte orchestra members, standing in front of Bank of America Stadium, counter with a line sung to the tune of Peyton Manning's Nationwide Insurance commercials: “Kuechly's gonna kick your butt.”

Both orchestras perform at the end, with Colorado issuing a taunt after playing Aaron Copland's Hoedown, and Warren-Green ending Sweet Caroline by facing his Friday night Charlotte audience to show off his Cam Newton jersey - while doing Newton's Superman touchdown celebration.

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