Those who treated themselves Saturday night’s performance of the St. Louis Symphony were treated to a bonus show when a mob of Ferguson protesters broke into a touching rendition of “Which Side Are You On” as the symphony musicians prepared to perform Brahm’s Requiem after intermission.
Two people initially began singing the “Requiem for Mike Brown” as more and more protesters scattered throughout the Powell Symphony Hall joined in, with many unfurling banners that read “Racism lives here” and “Requiem for Michael Brown 1996-2014.”
The protesters worked the line, “Justice for Mike Brown is justice for us all” into the classic civil rights era tune. When the song was done, the protesters chanted “Black lives matter” as they exited the theater.
While many in the audience applauded and appreciated the well-performed song, one man called out, “He was a thug” and an irritated white woman stared at demonstrators with mouth agape as though they were doing something that was deserving of the disgusted look on her face.
On YouTube, commenters responded to the beautiful side-performance with the usual bigotry we have come to expect from the Right.