EMSB students to take part in multi-level educational and artistic initiative

April 11, 2024- Embark upon an itchy, stinky, sticky journey with "The Adventures of Eva the Louse," a musical project that weaves together the talents of 175 students from 13 EMSB schools and the EMSB Chorale. This ambitious, multi-level educational and artistic initiative is led by opera singers and choir conductors Dimitris Ilias and Maria Diamantis founders of Chroma Musika (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Eurokids Festival).

Dimitris Ilias and Maria Diamantis 

Eva, a plucky louse with a zest for adventure! Living the dream in the wild jungle of Paul's hair, a nine-year-old with a serious case of anti-comb syndrome, Eva and her lousy friends enjoy a blissful, carefree life. That is, until the Great Delousing turns their world into a topsy-turvy, shampoo-splattered nightmare! As Paul's head becomes a no-lice land, Eva and her gang must make a daring leap of faith... onto Grandpa's head. But, plot twist – Grandpa's as bald as a billiard ball! Watch this band of intrepid insects navigate the vast, hairless wasteland of Grandpa's shiny dome. Will they slide into oblivion, or will they find a follicle-filled promised land? 

This large-scale production is a collaborative Canadian-Greek-Bulgarian effort featuring exclusively students from the EMSB. The story springs from the imaginative pen of author Mihalis Makropoulos, with captivating illustrations by Philippe Béha, a three-time Governor General's Award winner.

The project will culminate in a book and audio album, featuring the backing tracks recorded by the Sofia Session Orchestra (famed for their work on The Crown, Han Solo, The Secrets of Dumbledore). Composer Giannis Georgantelis infuses the narrative with enchanting music, to be recorded by the combined choirs of participating schools by Dr. Mark Corwin, a Juno Awards Judge and Professor at Concordia University.

The  group of EMSB choristers are embarking upon an extraordinary musical journey, collaborating with a 40-piece symphonic orchestra an experience few attain. This project isn't just about recording the choruses of a children’s opera; it's a lesson in hard work, discipline, and the value of cooperation, as they work alongside peers from various schools. It's an opportunity to boost self-esteem, being part of a prestigious international project, and to understand the life of a professional recording artist. They'll also explore sound production and book illustration, broadening their skills beyond singing. During the launch of the project, the young artists will be walking the red carpet signing the books as co-creators next to the Illustrator, the composer and the author.

This is the recording schedule at the Oscar Peterson Hall in NDG. 

Thursday April 11

9 am to 2 pm: Cedarcrest, Gardenview, Nesbitt and Carlyle

5 pm to 8 pm: Honoré Mercier, Pierre de Coubertin and Elizabeth Ballantyne

Friday April 12

12 pm to 6 pm: Roslyn, Royal Vale, Willingdon, St-Gabriel, St. Monica, and Edinburgh

6 pm to 8 pm: EMSB Chorale

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