The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet has performed at the Institution for the past 14 years, according to Artistic Director Monika Alch. While its ballerinas may have come and gone during that time, the company’s performances at Chautauqua have remained a constant.
The first concert Grant Cooper gave as music director of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra fell on Sept. 15, 2001.
Airline flights, entertainment and sporting events were canceled, and Cooper recalled the low spirits and confusion of Americans. Instead of postponing the concert, he decided the orchestra would honor those who lost their lives and serve as an “important first step in healing.”