Celebrate the transformative power of music at the Auditorium Theatre with Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah, taking place for the 13th consecutive year over Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend. Inspired by Dr. King’s message of “beloved community,” Too Hot brings Chicagoans together to witness “a contagiously joyous jazz, gospel, and blues treatment of George Frideric Handel’s famous 18th-century oratorio” (Chicago Reader). Clap along with acclaimed soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson, joined by legendary pianist Alvin Waddles, a choir of over 100 members, an ensemble orchestra, and a world-class jazz combo in what the Chicago Tribune calls “an ebullient holiday tradition.”

Concept by Marin Alsop
Arranged by Bob Christianson and Gary Anderson

Phone: 312.341.2300 | Box Office: 50 E Congress Pkwy
Groups of 10+ are available now. | Subscription Info

Please note: Artists, programs, and dates are subject to change. Ticket prices may change due to demand.





Reveler Social Club Party | January 13
6PM :: Pre-Show Party | 7:30PM :: Performance

Patrons ages 21-45 are able to purchase a discounted ticket to the January 13 performance of Too Hot to Handel, which includes a pre-show reception. This discounted ticket includes light bites, 2 drink tickets for beer or  wine, and a seat to the performance. Meet with other young professionals while enjoying a few drinks and delicious food!

$35 tickets for the Too Hot Reveler party are currently on sale. Buy now!

DuSable Mobile Museum | Sunday, January 14
FREE to Too Hot ticket holders | 12:30-2:30PM

Patrons with tickets to the 3PM Sunday matinee performance of Too Hot to Handel are invited to join us prior to the performance to experience this unique interactive exhibit from the DuSable Museum of African American History. The exhibit explores the history of Jean Baptiste DuSable, the first permanent settler in Chicago. SPACE IS LIMITED!

Registration occurs when you arrive at the theatre (no pre-registration is available).  We will open the doors for registration at 12:15PM and time slots will fill on a first-come first-served basis from there, so we recommend you arrive early to ensure you have the opportunity to check out this unique exhibit!

Post-Show Q & A | Sunday, January 14

Join us immediately following the 1/14 performance for a 20-minute post-show Q&A session. The Auditorium Theatre Creative Engagement staff will guide the conversation as performers and artistic staff from Too Hot to Handel answer audience questions about their work.