The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra audience was stunned Saturday night when the performance was interrupted by Michael Brown demonstrators.
Just after the intermission, two audience members stood and began singing “Which Side Are You On,” an old civil rights song, as the orchestra was preparing to perform Johannes Brahms’ “Requiem,” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Other protesters joined in singing in different locations throughout the symphony hall, when banners were unfurled from the balcony, saying, “Racism lives here,” and “Requiem for Michael Brown 1996-2014,” referring to the day he was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
Paper hearts inscribed with “Requiem for Michael Brown, May 20, 1996 – August 9 2014″ were dropped from the balcony onto the audience below.
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra publicist Erika Ebsworth-Goold told the Post-Dispatch that the protesters had purchased tickets to attend the performance and left peacefully.
The flash mob chanted “Black lives matter,” as they exited the building.
The performance resumed after the five-minute interruption.
Watch the video here via St. Louis American:
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