January 14-15, 2017

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy this January with Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah. Renowned soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson join legendary pianist Alvin Waddles, along with a choir of over 100 members and musicians, for two performances that will unify, inspire, and delight. Called “one of Chicago’s favorite annual events” by ABC-7, this high-energy, feel-good production puts a contemporary spin of jazz, gospel, and blues on Handel’s Messiah.

The Auditorium Theatre is partnering with the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church’s Friends of Prison Fellowship to live-­stream the January 15 performance of Too Hot to Handel to the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, LA; the Danville Correctional Center in Danville, IL; the Lawrence Correctional Center in Sumner, IL; and the Lake County Adult Corrections Facility in Waukegan, IL.

Phone: 312.341.2300 | Box Office: 50 E Congress Pkwy
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Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah
FRI, JAN 13 :: 11AM:: $10/PERSON
K-12 groups of 10 or more are welcome at our one-hour Student Matinee performance which is designed for field trips and to enhance learning in the classroom. Includes a FREE Classroom Companion that will guide your students in preparing for the performances. Great for social studies and language arts classes. Click here to learn more about student matinees.



Too Hot to Handel video enhancements made possible in part through the generosity of WILLIAM and SHELLEY FARLEY.