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Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah

  • Music, Jazz
  • Auditorium Theatre, Loop
Karen Marie Richardson performing onstage during Too Hot to Handel
Photograph: Kristie Kahns

Time Out says

You've probably heard a rendition of George Frideric Handel's Messiah (especially around Christmas), but this annual concert at the Auditorium Theatre puts the famed German composer's work in a new light. Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah brings together vocalists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen-Marie Richardson as well a chamber orchestra, jazz combo and members of Detroit’s Rackham Symphony Choir for an evening blues, jazz and gospel variations on Handel's classic compositions. Normally held the weekend before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the concert returns for its first-ever holiday season run this year, taking over the Auditorium Theatre for two performances. 


Auditorium Theatre
50 E Congress Pkwy
Cross street:
between Michigan and Wabash Aves
El stop: Blue, Red to Jackson; Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Library. Bus: 7, 10, 146.

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