Too Hot To Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah

January 12, 2012 10:15:49 AM PST
Since its 2005 Chicago debut, "Too Hot to Handel" has continued to grow in popularity.

Tenor Rodrick Dixon and Soprano Afreda Burke will reprise their critically hailed performances for the 7th consecutive year and they will once again be joined by Alto Karen Marie Richardson. "Too Hot to Handel" shapes George Frederic Handel's beloved "Messiah" masterpiece into an active listening experience. Joining the soloists on stage are 200 musicians, including 150 voices of the city-wide Too Hot Choir (under the direction of Old St. Patrick's Church's Bill Fraher) and a 50-piece symphony orchestra and a jazz ensemble conducted by Suzanne Mallare Acton.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information

"Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah" performs at the Auditorium Theatre:

Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 at 11 a.m. (one hour Student Matinee Performance. NOTE: The Friday, Jan. 13 student matinee is available only to elementary through high school student groups of 10 or more people. Group tickets are $10 each and available by calling (312) 431-2357. JP Morgan Chase Foundation is the Too Hot to Handel educational outreach partner.)

Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. (Family Series Performance, NOTE 2: A free Q&A with "Too Hot to Handel" artists immediately follows the Sunday afternoon Family Series performance. The Auditorium Theatre's Family Matinee Series is sponsored by The Private Bank and The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation.)

Tickets to the Jan. 14 and 15 performances are $30 - $72, available online at, by calling (800) 982-2787 or in-person at ATRU's Box Office (50 E. Congress Parkway).