Acorn TV typically delights fans every Christmas with the new season of Canada’s long-running, award-winning period drama Murdoch Mysteries. But since shoots were delayed this fall due to COVID-19, Acorn TV and the producers of this series have gifted their fans with a one-of-a-kind event: a one-hour intimate concert special celebrating the evocative music popular during the series’ turn of the 20th Century era, including much-loved highlights from the drama’s well-revered score along with contemporary pieces by Brahms, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Strauss and more. This stirring classical music program was performed by a seven-piece ensemble from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on the set of Murdoch Mysteries – aka Toronto’s fictional Station House 4 – on September 25, 2020, and was hosted by Detective William Murdoch himself, Yannick Bisson. On Christmas Eve, a Music Lover’s Guide to Murdoch Mysteries will premiere in the U.S. and Canada on Thursday, December 24, 2020, on Acorn TV, North America’s leading streaming service devoted to British and international television.
Between each song, Detective Murdoch entertains viewers with fascinating, whimsical anecdotes about the composers and the works featured in the special. At the same time, the performances themselves are peppered with fanciful visuals from the series. This special provides a fun, fresh new alternative way to experience Murdoch Mysteries, its characters, and that era until season 14 premieres in 2021. The ensemble is conducted by the series’ composer, Robert Carli.
The musical selections are:
-Opening Theme from Murdoch Mysteries – ROBERT CARLI
-Pavane pour une infante défunte– MAURICE RAVEL
-Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115-Mvt. IV – JOHANNES BRAHMS
-Suite from Murdoch Mysteries – ROBERT CARLI (containing motifs heard regularly in series, including the opening theme and moments when Murdoch is either deciphering puzzles or solving crimes)
-Excerpt from Mazurka No. 2 – LAURA GERTRUDE LEMON
-Adagio Molto – PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
-String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 2, “Fifths” – Mvt. IV – JOSEPH HAYDN
-On The Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314 – JOHANN STRAUSS II (fun fact: Detective Murdoch and future wife Julia danced to this waltz while they were dating)
-Maple Leaf Rag – SCOTT JOPLIN
The musicians are: Yolanda Bruno (violin), Eri Kosaka (violin), Theresa Rudolph (viola), Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron (cello), Jeffrey Beecher (double bass), Eric Abramowitz (clarinet) and Sanya Eng (harp).
Inspired by Maureen Jennings’ acclaimed novels, Murdoch Mysteries has garnered 45 Gemini and Canadian Screen Award nominations from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television during its run. Yannick Bisson won the Canadian Screen Award’s ‘Fan’s Choice Award.’ Set in the late 1890s and early 1900s in Toronto, the methodical and dashing Detective Murdoch and his impassioned wife Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy) enlists radical new forensic techniques like fingerprinting, ultraviolet light and trace evidence to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Murdoch’s associates, including his gruff boss Inspector Thomas Brackenreid, Constables George Crabtree, Henry Higgins, and eccentric Detective Llewellyn Watts, are valuable allies to help solve cases across the evolving manners of Victorian society.