"Come into the Parlour", a 13-part series featuring Carolyn Sinclair, soprano, Michael Jarvis playing an original 1857 Chickering pianoforte and some of Canada's leading stars from the opera and concert stages including baritone Russell Braun, violinist Mayumi Seiler, mezzo Kimberley Barber, tenor Eric Shaw, tenor John Tessier, violinist Julie Baumgartel, 'cellist Margaret Gay, all performing the greatest hits of the 19th century. Bravo & Vision-TV
"Come into the Parlour" Christmas Special featuring Carolyn, Michael, their original 1857 Chickering pianoforte and special guest star tenor Benjamin Butterfield performing some the 19th century's most beloved Christmas music. Bravo & Vision-TV
See the episode guide at the bottom of this page.
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"A Baroque Christmas" Watch
This stunningly beautiful video was filmed and produced by Gemini-award-winning Sleeping Giant Productions. Featuring Carolyn Sinclair, soprano, Michael Jarvis, harpsichord, Margaret Gay, baroque 'cello, Adele Pierre, baroque violin and Grégoire Jeay, baroque flute performing familiar and less known Christmas music from the 17th and early 18th century. First aired nationally on VISION-TV and on ONTV to unprecedented and overwhelming audience response, this show is now a perennial holiday favourite! Bravo & Vision-TV.
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"A Baroque Easter"
Filmed in response to the huge audience response and popularity of "A Baroque Christmas", this show is equally stunning as the Christmas production, both visually and musically, and features such Baroque favourites as "I know that my Redeemer liveth" from Handel's Messiah as well as original versions of well-known Easter hymns. Bravo & Vision-TV.
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Come into the Parlour Episode Guide
Episode 1: A Stephen Foster Parlour Watch 1 Watch 2
Canada's star opera singers and classical musicians perform songs from the 19th century. This episode features Canadian baritone Russell Braun joining the series's hosts, soprano Carolyn Sinclair and pianist Michael Jarvis in some of Stephen Foster's most beloved songs. Also joining in are the “neighbours”: Joanne Bentley, mezzo-soprano and Peter Fisher, baritone.
Episode 2: A Jane Austen Parlour
This episode features music Mr. Darcy would have heard, performed by the series's hosts, pianist Michael Jarvis and soprano Carolyn Sinclair, and “neighbours” Joanne Bentley and Peter Fisher.
Episode 3: O Canada...A Portrait of Calixa Lavallée
This episode features a tribute to Calixa Lavallée, the composer of our national anthem. Guest tenor John Tessier joins soprano Carolyn Sinclair, pianist Michael Jarvis and “neighbours” Joanne Bentley and Peter Fisher.
Episode 4: A Tribute to Robbie Burns Watch1 Watch2
In this episode, baritone Bruce Kelly and clarinetist Colin Savage, Carolyn and Michael raise a glass to the Scottish bard.
Episode 5: Victoria & Albert
This episode features the royal couple's favourite music, with guest violinist Julie Baumgartel joining Carolyn, Michael and the "neighbours.”
Episode 6: A Tribute to Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale
In this episode, the series's hosts, pianist Michael Jarvis and soprano Carolyn Sinclair, honour the Swedish Nightingale.
Episode 7: Love's Old Sweet Song
In this episode, the series's hosts, pianist Michael Jarvis and soprano Carolyn Sinclair, and “neighbours” Joanne Bentley and Peter Fisher present love songs from days gone by.
Episode 8: Songs of Devotion
This episode features Carolyn, Michael and 'cellist Margaret Gay performing some of the 19th century's sacred melodies.
Episode 9: A Student Recital, circa 1890
This episode features Kiwanis students recreating a recital circa 1890. Hosted by pianist Michael Jarvis and soprano Carolyn Sinclair.
Episode 10: A French Salon
This episode features renowned violinist Mayumi Seiler joining Carolyn and Michael in an all-French programme.
Episode 11: A Taste of Operetta Watch
This episode features mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber and soprano Carolyn Sinclair singing up a storm with some of operetta's favouite "hits."
Episode 12: A Mark Twain Parlour
This episode features the American author's favourite music, with guitarist Terry McKenna joining soprano Carolyn Sinclair, pianist Michael Jarvis and “neighbours” Joanne Bentley and Peter Fisher.
Episode 13: An Evening with Gilbert & Sullivan
This episode features music from the beloved English duo, with tenor Eric Shaw, Carolyn, Michael and the “neighbours.”