Too Hot to Handel Master Class | FREE!

Readying the next generation of performers!

Select Chicagoland choirs gather for the day at the historic Auditorium Theatre to work with the stars of Too Hot to Handel: Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and conductor Suzanne Acton.

Workshop: January 10, 2018 | Noon-4PM

Performance: January 12, 2018 | 11AM

Please note: Selected choirs must be available for both dates. Please check with your administration as they occur during school hours!

Interested? Complete the application below! Application Deadline: December 1, 2017


Too Hot to Handel Poetry Contest | FREE!

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017

Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Beloved Community by highlighting the power of diversity in communities. Musicians from all across the Chicagoland area come together and blend their unique sounds to create a powerful performance.

Each year, in connection with this production, the Auditorium Theatre invites 3rd-12th grade students to participate in the Too Hot Poetry Contest. Students are encouraged to reflect on the unique sounds of their own communities and connect MLK’s vision of Beloved Community to the reality of their own by incorporating the concept “These are the sounds of my community.”

Winners will receive four tickets to the performance, and their poems will be published in the Too Hot to Handel program books. Winners also get the chance to perform their poetry on stage!

Click here to view the Too Hot Poetry Contest guidelines and submission instructions.

RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 3–12 | Connects with Poetry/Language Arts, African American Studies, American History