On January 18 and 19, the Auditorium Theatre celebrated the ninth engagement of one of our most critically acclaimed and eagerly anticipated events of the year, “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah.” 

This unique, self-produced musical experience seamlessly fuses jazz, blues, and gospel with Handel’s classic oratorio.   Additionally, “Too Hot to Handel” is a true celebration of diversity held each year in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, a production that features over 150 musicians and volunteer choir members and is exquisitely performed by Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson.   Outreach activities held in conjunction with this kinetic event include residency programs, master classes, and a citywide poetry contest for students throughout the Chicago Public School system.  The community involvement coupled with such exceptional talent easily makes “Too Hot to Handel” one of the Auditorium Theatre’s most anticipated musical events of the season. 

Of course, none of this production’s considerable success could be possible without the support of some generous and treasured friends.  We are honored to thank Exelon, JP Morgan Chase, the Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation, the PrivateBank, William and Shelley Farley, and the “Friends of Too Hot to Handel” for their gracious sponsorship of this one-of-a-kind performance.  Their assistance helped make this the most successful year of “Too Hot to Handel” yet—and we anxiously await the opportunity to share this triumphant experience with new audience members next season.