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June 19, 2013 (Brian Kersey photo)

June 19, 2013 (Brian Kersey photo)

Music director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra jumped on the Chicago Blackhawks bandwagon on June 19, 2013, recording for video the song “Chelsea Dagger” by the Scottish band the Fratellis. For the past several years, the song—played in United Center whenever the Blackhawks scored a goal—had become a hit with Chicago hockey fans.

“The CSO musicians and I are happy to honor and support another home team, the Chicago Blackhawks, with our music,” said Maestro Muti. “They are a world-class hockey team, and we hope this recording demonstrates our support of them and their desire to bring the Stanley Cup back to this great city. As I keep hearing and seeing everywhere in Chicago, ‘Go Hawks!’ ”

On June 24, 2013, in game six of the Stanley Cup finals, the Chicago Blackhawks were behind the Boston Bruins 2–1 with less than two minutes remaining in the third period. Scoring two goals in seventeen seconds, the Blackhawks defeated the Bruins to win the series 4–2, claiming their fifth Stanley Cup victory.

June 18, 2015 (Todd Rosenberg photo)

June 18, 2015 (Todd Rosenberg photo)

Two years later, on June 15, 2015, the Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the National Hockey League finals, securing the Stanley Cup for the sixth time. Later that week on June 18, the Orchestra began the final subscription week of the 124th season with the world premiere of Bates’s Anthology of Fantastic Zoology. Just after intermission and before beginning Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, Riccardo Muti addressed the audience: “We want to celebrate in our way, and we can celebrate only by playing, singing, making music. So we will play for you now the ‘Chelsea Dagger.’ ” The audience roared.

This article also appears here and portions previously appeared here.

CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti leads the Orchestra in Chelsea Dagger, June 19, 2013

CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Chelsea Dagger at Orchestra Hall on June 19, 2013 (photo ©Brian Kersey)

Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra jumped on the Chicago Blackhawks bandwagon yesterday, performing Chelsea Dagger (words and music by John Lawler) by the Scottish band The Fratellis. For the past few years, the song—played in United Center whenever the ‘Hawks score a goal—has become a hit for Chicago hockey fans.

Of course, it reminds us all of when Sir Georg Solti led the Orchestra and Chorus in a rousing rendition of Bear Down, Chicago Bears as the Chicago Bears approached victory in Super Bowl XX in 1986. It worked for the Bears . . . let’s hope it works for the Blackhawks!

Maestro Muti said yesterday “The CSO musicians and I are happy to honor and support another home team, the Chicago Blackhawks, with our music. They are a world-class hockey team, and we hope this recording demonstrates our support of them and their desire to bring the Stanley Cup back to this great city. As I keep hearing and seeing everywhere in Chicago, ‘Go Hawks!’”

The video of yesterday’s performance is available here and here:

Chelsea Dagger
Words and music by John Lawler
Based on a marching band arrangement by Paul Murtha
Percussion arrangement by Will Rapp
©2006 EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Arrangement © 2013 EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Published by Hal Leonard Corporation

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And The Fratellis original version of the song (as included on their debut album Costello Music) is here:

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