Tour de Midas
A total of 230 students from the EMSB took part in this year’s exciting project, recounting the classic Greek story, l’histoire du roi Midas on October 26 at the Centre de congrès Palace in Laval. This followed up a wonderful experience last year via Le Temps des Fleurs, le Temps des Neiges, a massive multidisciplinary project that like this culminated in the creation of a book/CD for children in French. The EMSB was represented by nine elementary schools: Gardenview and Cedarcrest in St. Laurent, Pierre de Coubertin and Honoré-Mercier in St. Léonard, Edinburgh in Montreal West, Roslyn in Westmount, Royal Vale and Willingdon in NDG and Sinclair Laird in Park Extension. “Staff, students and parents have been very devoted towards this project and I am very happy that the majority of the choristers come from our school board,” said EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini.
Ms. Mancini wishes to express her sincerest thanks to Dimitri Ilias and Maria Diamantis, for once again guiding this extraordinary project. Copies of a new CD are now available, featuring a complete musical version of the book, with performances by soloists and the combined choirs of 20 different schools from the EMSB, the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys and l’École primaire Socrates & Démosthène. “The opportunity our students had to perform alongside a symphonic orchestra was a unique musical experience not available to many,” said Ms. Mancini. “More importantly, the children learned the value and rewards that come from teamwork, cooperation, hard work and discipline.”