As the tenth anniversary looms of this major event in US history,  it’s interesting to follow all the commemorative events. Like JFKs assassination and the tragic explosion of 2 space shuttles, we can all remember where we were when these shocking events occurred. I happened to be living in Hawai’i in 2001 and crumbling of the towers had already taken place by the time I woke up. Depending on the time of year, Hawai’i is usually 5 or 6 hours behind Eastern time. The freakiest part of the tragedy for me was throughout the days that followed when all air traffic ceased. Nothing like being on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and realizing there was no way out (or in) for several days.

San Francisco Opera is mounting a new production based on the life of one of the many heroes of that tragic day dubbed Heart of a Soldier. Composed by Christopher Theofanidis, the opera is based on the life of Morgan Stanley security officer, Rick Rescorla. Mr. Rescorla’s military background qualified him to direct the majority of Morgan Stanley’s employees to safety on that fateful day.

I always love hearing of new works based on current events in the classical genre. We tend to think of classical music as being composed and about issues that occurred hundreds of years ago, but creations such as these breathe life into the art form making it even more pertinent to the current world.

Check out more Theofanidis recordings in your Media Library.


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