Demonstrators disrupted a performance of Braham’s Requiem at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Saturday night with a song about Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson last month.
Just before the end of intermission, two members of the audience rose and began singing “Which Side Are You On?,” interpolating lyrics about Brown into the old protest song. They were joined by other protestors from various parts of the auditorium, who also hung banners bearing Brown’s birth and death dates.
According to the St. Louis Dispatch, some members of the audience and even the orchestra applauded the move, though many sat silently as the protestors were led out of the Powell Symphony Hall chanting “black lives matter.”
Per the orchestra’s spokesperson, the roughly fifty protestors were paying audience members and departed peacefully. After they were gone, the band played on.
Watch the clip below, via KTVI:
[h/t St. Louis Dispatch]
[Image via screengrab]
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