Photos: One World Event at Syracuse University
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- It was a star-studded night at the Carrier Dome – all in the name of peace.
Dozens of famous recording artists and tens of thousands of fans gathered for the “One World Concert” featuring the Dalai Lama.
The concert concluded its two-day peace summit Tuesday night.
After an opening act and a speech by the Dalai Lama, a group of stars including Cyndi Lauper, Dave Matthews and Roberta Flack came onstage to sing "Imagine,” launching a show focused on convincing young people to contribute to the world in a positive way.
“Their professions are very powerful to reach millions of people," said the Dalai Lama.
Star power did capture the attention of roughly 27,000 people who came to the Dome for the concert.
“Being a young adult, being in college, we're that generation that is going to hopefully be able to affect some of the change and the way he talks about it, it is really inspiring,” said SU student Meryl Engler.
“I'm really interested in what he has to say about things going on around the world...and of course the music too," said ESF student Erin Moody.
There were even touches of Central New York to share -- an SU visor for the Dalai Lama, who sat in a specially-made Stickley chair and at least one star got a taste of downtown.
“My friend told me about Dinosaur BBQ and it lived up to how great he told me it would be,” performer Natasha Bedingfield told NewsChannel 9.
It was a small connection to one community, encouraged through music to do its part for One World.