Reported by Kacie Whaley
A typical orchestra performance at Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis was interrupted on Saturday when protesters in support of Mike Brown began to sing “Justice for Mike Brown.”
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra was preparing to perform “Requiem” by Brahms right after intermission when two audience members in the middle aisle of the main floor stood up and began to sing, a local news station reported. Suddenly, several more protesters from the audience stood up and joined in. A symphony spokesperson told KTVI that as many as 50 protesters were singing. “Justice for Mike Brown is justice for us all,” the protesters sung to the rhythm of “Requiem.”
Approximately two minutes of the protest was captured on video and reveals banners that were hanging from the balcony of the theater while the demonstrators sang. One of the banners portrayed a drawn picture of the slain Ferguson, Missouri teenager with the dates of his birth and deαth written. Another displayed the words “Requiem for Mike Brown.” The third poster reads “Which Side are You On?” and the fourth said “Rise Up and Join the Movement.”
As the singers continued, the orchestra is shown looking out in the crowd in confusion. In the clip, audience members are initially silent but as the protesters sing “Which side are you on,” some of them begin to applaud.
After singing for about five minutes, the protesters peacefully exit the theater while chanting ” Black lives matter” and dropping red paper hearts over the edge of the balcony, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The hearts read “Requiem for Mike Brown” and “May 20th, 1996-August 9th, 2014,” the birth of Brown and the date on which he was killed by Officer Darren Wilson.
All of the protesters bought tickets to the orchestra event, according to SLSO publicist Erika Ebsworth-Goold. None of the demonstrators were arrested.
Watch the video below: