"Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah"

Jan 18-19, 2020


This “exuberant, jazz-gospel makeover” (Chicago Tribune) of Handel’s classic Messiah celebrates 15 years in Chicago! Join us on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend to witness the transformational powers of the performing arts and uplift King’s vision of a “beloved community.” With fiery soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson; an orchestra, jazz combo, and 100-person choir under the baton of Suzanne Mallare Acton; and spirited Detroit pianist Alvin Waddles, famous for his jaw-dropping cadenzas, Too Hot is an annual Chicago tradition that fills your soul and spirit.

Special Events

Student Matinee

Jan 17-Mar 6, 2020

Take your students to the Auditorium Theatre – a National Historic Landmark – for an enriching field trip th...

@ The Auditorium

Post-Show Q&A

Jan 19-Jun 13, 2020

Join us immediately following select performances for a 20-minute post-show Q&A session. The Auditorium Theatre Educ...