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Presentation: The evolution of “Heart of a Soldier” from article to biography to opera

James B. Stewart, with Christopher Theofanidis
October 2, 2013

James B. Stewart

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism presents a lecture by James B. Stewart on Friday, October 4 called “The Evolution of Heart of a Soldier – from article to biography to opera.” Stewart, the author of the book Heart of a Soldier, is a New York Times columnist, contributor to The New Yorker, and Bloomberg Professor of Business and Economic Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

The opera of the same name was composed by Yale School of Music faculty member Christopher Theofanidis on a commission from San Francisco Opera. The event will incorporate audio excerpts from the opera Heart of a Soldier as well as commentary from Theofanidis. 

Heart of a Soldier is the true of Vietnam veteran Rick Rescorla. As head of security at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Rescorla evacuated some 2,700 employees from the South Tower of the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks, and then went back up into the tower to make sure no one was left behind.

The lecture takes place 4–6 pm in Sudler Hall, located in W.L. Harkness Hall (100 Wall St., New Haven).


About James B. Stewart

James B. Stewart is currently a contributor to The New Yorker and a columnist for The New York Times. He was born in Quincy, Illinois, and is a graduate of DePauw University and Harvard Law School. Mr. Stewart is a member of the Bar of New York and Bloomberg Professor of Business and Economic Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is a former associate at New York law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore. In 1988, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism for his articles in The Wall Street Journal about the 1987 dramatic upheaval in the stock market and insider trading. These writings led to the publishing of his best-selling work of non-fiction called Den of Thieves that recounted the criminal conduct of Wall Street arbitrager Ivan Boesky and junk bond kind, Michael Milken.


About Christopher Theofanidis

Christopher Theofnaidis has had performances by many leading orchestras from around the world, including the London Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists, the National, Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit Symphonies, and many others. He also served as Composer of the Year for the Pittsburgh Symphony during their 2006-2007 Season, for which he wrote a violin concerto for Sarah Chang.

Theofanidis holds degrees from Yale, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Houston, and has been the recipient of the International Masterprize (hosted at the Barbican Centre in London), the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, six ASCAP Gould Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship to France, a Tanglewood Fellowhship, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Charles Ives Fellowship. In 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy for best composition for his chorus and orchestra work, The Here and Now, based on the poetry of Rumi. His orchestral concert work, Rainbow Body, has been one of the most performed new orchestral works of the last ten years, having been performed by over 100 orchestras internationally.

Christopher Theofanidis has recently written a ballet for the American Ballet Theatre, a work for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as part of their ‘New Brandenburg’ series, and opera commissions for the San Francisco and Houston Grand Opera companies. He has a long-standing relationship with the Atlanta Symphony, and has just had his first symphony premiered and recorded with that orchestra. He has served as a delegate to the U.S.-Japan Foundation’s Leadership Program and is a former faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School. He currently teaches at the Yale School of Music.