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A Concert for Hope

8:00 PM

September 11, 2011

President Barack Obama delivered his only formal remarks the evening of Sunday, September 11, during "A Concert for Hope," the capstone event of a three-day commemoration of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001.

The event also featured R&B legend Patti LaBelle, country superstar Alan Jackson, and renowned mezzo soprano Denyce Graves. Music, readings, and reflections instilled a sense of renewal and hope for the decade ahead.

Recorded Stream


09/11/2011 2:36 PM - Orchestra warming up, Patti Labelle just did her sound check, everyone preparing for the evening...

09/11/2011 2:41 PM - Audience beginning to file in now. There was a lot of energy out in the waiting area. A lot of security, too.

09/11/2011 2:46 PM - Watched Patti Labelle rehearse about an hour ago. It's going to be an amazing performance.

09/11/2011 3:04 PM - Less than an hour until show time. Auditorium starting to fill...

09/11/2011 3:29 PM - James Laychak now making opening remarks.

09/11/2011 3:30 PM - Auditorium completely filled now

09/11/2011 3:32 PM - Applause for James, Marine Chamber Orchestra now giving the musical prelude...

09/11/2011 3:40 PM - Images of the Cathedral are being projected on the screens here in the Kennedy Center. At the front of the stage is one of the stone angels that fell from the Cathedral during the earthquake.

09/11/2011 3:50 PM - Ten minutes away now. Musical prelude continues...

09/11/2011 3:58 PM - The President just entered the auditorium. Everyone on their feet. Standing ovation.

09/11/2011 4:00 PM - Whole audience is silent now, waiting...

09/11/2011 4:02 PM - Lights dimming, video is playing on the screens. Images of the Cathedral...

09/11/2011 4:02 PM - The Concert for Hope Begins.

09/11/2011 4:03 PM - Anderson Cooper now onstage giving opening remarks

09/11/2011 4:03 PM - Dean Lloyd now taking the stage, giving the welcome

09/11/2011 4:04 PM - "Now 10 years later, we are pleased to welcome the President of the United States, and viewers across the country, to this Concert for Hope..."

09/11/2011 4:06 PM - Alan Jackson now taking the stage...

09/11/2011 4:07 PM - Jackson is performing "Where were you when the world stopped turning."

09/11/2011 4:08 PM - "Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us And the greatest is love"

09/11/2011 4:14 PM - President Obama now speaking. Standing ovation when he took the stage

09/11/2011 4:16 PM - "These past ten years have shown America's resolve to defend our citizens and our way of life."

09/11/2011 4:18 PM - "This decade has shown that we hold fast to our freedoms..."

09/11/2011 4:18 PM - "These past ten years have underscored the bond between all Americans..."

09/11/2011 4:21 PM - "Nothing can break the will of a truly united States of America..."

09/11/2011 4:23 PM - "It will be said that we kept the faith. That we took a painful blow and we emerged stronger than before..."

09/11/2011 4:23 PM - "let us look to the future with hearts full of hope..."

09/11/2011 4:23 PM - Standing ovation for the President as he takes his seat

09/11/2011 4:24 PM - Videos on the screens now. 1st person stories from 9/11.

09/11/2011 4:26 PM - Footage from ground zero. Patti Labelle quietly takes the stage beneath the videos.

09/11/2011 4:27 PM - Christy Fere speaking now, widow of Neil Levin, director of Port Authority, New York/New Jersey, lost in the North tower...

09/11/2011 4:28 PM - Patti Labelle now performing...

09/11/2011 4:29 PM - Patti Labelle is accompanied by the Marine Chamber Orchestra

09/11/2011 4:32 PM - Applause for Patti Labelle in the middle of her song.

09/11/2011 4:33 PM - Standing Ovation for Patti Labelle

09/11/2011 4:34 PM - Ovation continues. Whistles and yells from the audience

09/11/2011 4:37 PM - Video now about what it means for America to heal

09/11/2011 4:38 PM - Anderson Cooper reading a quote from Reverend Joseph Griesdieck…

09/11/2011 4:39 PM - "It doesn't matter what our race, creed, gender, or background happens to be, we're all one. We live together, ultimately we all die together." – Rev Joseph Griesdieck

09/11/2011 4:40 PM - Marine Chamber Orchestra and the Washington National Cathedral Choir now performing...

09/11/2011 4:44 PM - Lots of applause for the orchestra and the choir

09/11/2011 4:45 PM - Standing ovation now, applause getting louder and louder

09/11/2011 4:46 PM - James Laychak, President of the Pentagon Memorial Fund, now taking the stage

09/11/2011 4:47 PM - James lost his brother in the Pentagon attacks

09/11/2011 4:48 PM - Video now playing about the meaning of hope, and what hope means for America ten years after 9/11

09/11/2011 4:50 PM - Anderson Cooper now reading a quote from the Dali Lama

09/11/2011 4:50 PM - “No matter what part of the world we come from, we are all basically the same human beings. We all seek happiness and try to avoid suffering…” – Dali Lama

09/11/2011 4:51 PM - Denyce Graves now taking the stage, singing Amazing Grace

09/11/2011 4:55 PM - Choir now standing in the loft, joining in.

09/11/2011 4:57 PM - Huge round of applause, everyone standing

09/11/2011 4:58 PM - President standing, waving to the audience. Audience is applauding.

09/11/2011 4:59 PM - Closing video slide: "We are not defined by tragedy."

09/11/2011 5:00 PM - That concludes the Concert for Hope. Amazing event. Thanks, everyone, for tuning in.

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Special thanks to our sponsor: F.I.S.H. Foundation