Flash Mob Disrupts St. Louis Symphony

I came across this story online today, but not from as many websites as I thought I would.   Sometimes news that outrages the country tends to fizzle out before a resolution.  I’m not sure in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri fits that comment, but when I Google the story I don’t get a whole lot of results.  Information was received from the St. Louis Today stltoday.com website and the YouTube video posted below.  

A flash mob disrupted the St. Louis Symphony performance on Saturday, October 4, 2014.  Prior to the start of the performance after the intermission, two people stood up in the audience and began singing “Which Side Are You On”.   While approximately 50 more joined in from all points in the concert hall for a 5 minute “Requiem for Michael Brown”, YouTube shows videos of concert-goers being both mortified at what was going on as well as those who were clapping in support.

One thing that I noticed was how empty the Symphony was in St. Louis.  There were so many vacant seats, and there was more after the flash mobbers left.  

One quote from the YouTube story said, “Many of us are artists ourselves, so we were very cognizant to not interrupt the performance after it had already began,” Vega said. “But we still wanted it to be a disruption that left people with a seed of thought.”

The brief moments that the video camera pans to the orchestra makes it hard to tell what their reaction is.  The Conductor stands patiently with his hands in front of him.  The controversy from the comments I’ve read about it comes at the 1:14 min point in the video when a woman in the audience looks like she has just witnessed a beheading.  

I’m not sure how I feel about the flash mob.  Milwaukee is also dealing with as Milwaukee is also dealing with a police involved shooting death of a black man named Dontre Hamilton.  It makes you stop and think that something like this could just as well happened here too.  (Imagine what impact it would have made if it did happen in Milwaukee on Oct 4th when John Williams was at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra).  

It does make you think if their performance was significant enough to help their cause.  That’s the question that I have trouble answering because if I were in that situation, I probably would have been a little irked at their disruption.  However, I’m all for pounding the pavement and trying to make a difference.  

Watch the video below and decide for yourself.

 

 

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