MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 12, 2015– A total of 340 Montreal elementary school choristers, a symphonic orchestra and renowned Quebec actor Guy Nadon have collaborated on a children’s book/CD about the ancient Greek myth of Persephone and how the seasons came to be.
Le Temps des Flours, le Temps des Neige is a massive multi-disciplinary project culminating in the creation of a book/CD for children in French which explores the ancient Greek myth of the Goddess Demeter, her daughter Persephone and the unbreakable bond that exists between a mother and her child. A formal launch will take place on Tuesday, February 24 (8 p.m.) at the Hellenic Community Center (5757 Wilder ton) in Côte des Neige. All 340 choristers, accompanied by the orchestra, will sing three songs during the press conference about the project in progress.
The English Montreal School Board is represented by five elementary schools: Garden view in St. Laurent, Pierre de Coubertin in St. Léonard, Edinburgh in Montreal West, Roslyn in Westmount, Royal Vale in NDG and Sinclair Laird in Park Extension.
Written by Canadian children's book author Glen Huser and adapted to French by Jean Antonin Billard and Robert Paquin, the book includes an operatic version of the story on CD, composed by Athens-based Giannis Georgantelis. Brilliantly illustrated by three time Governor General Award winning illustrator Philippe Béha and narrated by Nadon, le Temps des Fleurs le Temps des Neiges is a collaboration of Panarmonia Atelier Musical with Quebec publishing house Planète Rebelle and Chroma Musika in partnership with the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal and the Hellenic Congress of Quebec.
The accompanying CD will feature a complete musical version of the book with performances by soloists and the combined choirs of 12 different schools from the English Montreal School Board, the Commission Scolaire Marguerite Bourgeoys and l’École primaire Socrates & Démosthène. The children will be accompanied by the Orchestre Symphonique Pop de Montréal under the direction of Prof. Alain Cazes. Net profits from the sales within the school systems will be donated to the participating schools.
Project musical directors Dimitri Ilias and Maria Diamantis hope the children of the choir gain a better understanding and appreciation for ancient Greek mythology, broaden their horizons coming in contact with great Canadian artists and learn how a professional CD is made — from recording to final mixing, editing and mastering with Concordia Professor and Juno Award Judge, Dr. Mark Corwin. The opportunity to perform alongside a symphonic orchestra is a unique musical experience not available to many. Even more importantly, the children learn the value and rewards that come from teamwork, cooperation, hard work and discipline.
Le Temps des Fleurs le Temps des Neiges will launch in November 2015, with presentations in the City Hall of Montreal, the Salon du Livre de Montréal as well as the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal.