The two day Common Ground for Peace Symposium is in the books. Day one involved sessions with the Dalai Lama and other dignitaries discussing peace. Day two was at the Carrier Dome with His Holiness and dozens of international musicians for a concert. Our Iris St. Meran spoke with concert goers about this unique experience.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- For the thousands of people filing into the Carrier Dome, the One World Concert was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
"I really want to meet the Dalai Lama. That's the main reason I came to this concert," said Syracuse University student Qing Ren.
Matt Trouesdale said, "A variety of music, getting together for one special time and event."
That event was the Common Ground for Peace Symposium. The Dalai Lama discussed how the world could move forward, together and shared his experiences.
"He's a pretty funny guy. He has a good sense of humor and really does know what he's talking about. Same with Martin Luther King III and the other people who were there," said student Robert Gaudio.
The list of people there performing at the concert is extensive: Dave Matthews, Cyndi Lauper, Roberta Flack, among others. It’s one of the largest gatherings of international artists ever to come to this area.
Student Rachel Pittman said, "I come from a pretty small town and there are not a lot of concerts happen. So it’s really exciting that a whole bunch of big artists are coming together as one."
Gaudio added, "It’s bringing a lot of culture not only to the University, but the City of Syracuse."
The musicians each performed their own songs, but keeping with the theme, they're performing as a group and it was a song written especially for the Dalai Lama.