Travel through time following a charming little mouse called Minim who loves cheese and music.He has just spent an amazing summer in the country with his cousin Maxim. The meals have been fabulous, followed by delightful concerts with gifted musicians who are there to play for the prince and his guests. Autumn is now upon them and something has gone awry. The conductor has noticed that the members of the orchestra have grown tired and dearly miss their families. How shall he convey to the prince that the vacation has gone on for far too long? Only a brilliant composer like Joseph Haydn could come up with such a plan! In addition to an illustrated story and introductory notes on the composer, this book is accompanied by a CD featuring recordings of the narrated story and the performance of the composition “Adagio Finale” from the “Farewell” symphony. A unique code for the digital download of the recordings and a printable file of the illustrated story is also included.
Marie Lafrance is one of Québec’s best-known illustrators, thanks to her participation in several children’s books, including Le Grand voyage by Monsieur Caca, La fée des bonbons, and La Diablesse and the Baby, for which she was a finalist of the Governor General’s Literary Award. Ana Gerhard studied as a concert pianist at the Mexican National Conservatory. She has taught piano for several years and has hosted numerous radio programs dedicated to the promotion of classical music. Her previous works on introducing classical music to children, Listen to the Birds, Simply Fantastic, Amazing Water, and Little Creatures all received a Parents' Choice Award in the US. During numerous seasons at the Stratford Festival, Colm Feore achieved fame as one of Canada's premiere stage actors, playing virtually all of Shakespeare's leading men. While continuing his work on stage, he also frequently acted on television and in film. He is especially well-known for his performance in the title role of Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould and for his supporting roles in notable Hollywood films The Sum of All Fears, The Chronicle of Riddick, Paycheck, and Pearl Harbor. More recently, he starred in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, King Lear, Gotham, and House of Cards. Founded in 1983, I Musici de Montréal is a chamber orchestra of 15 musicians that performs a vast repertoire extending from baroque to contemporary. The ensemble has released more than 40 recordings and presents a busy schedule of over 100 concerts per season throughout the world at some of the best-known concert halls, including New York City’s Lincoln Centre, Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts, Tokyo’s Kioi Hall, and Geneva’s Victoria Hall.