January 19, 2019 @ 7:30PM | January 20, 2019 @ 3PM

It’s always cold outside this time of year, but it’s hot inside the Auditorium Theatre! Warm up with celebrated soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson — joined by famed Detroit pianist Alvin Waddles and over 100 Chicago musicians and singers — as they put a blues, jazz, gospel, and rock twist on Handel’s classic oratorio. Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of creating a “beloved community” as people from all across the city and beyond come together under one roof to be a part of this “joyously interactive, everybody-clap-your-hands experience” (Chicago Tribune).

Tickets start at $29!

Phone: 312.341.2300 | Box Office50 E Ida B Wells Dr
Groups of 10+ are available now. | Subscription Info

One-hour student matinee on January 18, 2019 @ 11AM.
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Please note: Artists, programs, and dates are subject to change. Ticket prices may change due to demand.


Family Pack

Get 10% off when you purchase 4-5 tickets, and 15% off when you purchase 6-9 tickets! Discount applies automatically.


Too Hot Poetry Contest
The Auditorium Theatre’s annual Too Hot Poetry Contest is back! Winners’ poems will be published in the Too Hot to Handel performance programs, with each winner receiving 4 tickets to a performance of Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah and the chance to perform their poetry from our historic landmark stage.

Student Matinee | January 19, 2019 @ 11AM
A one-of-a-kind field trip opportunity for grades K-12! Students experience some of the best music the world has to offer at the Auditorium Theatre – a National Historic Landmark. You’ll also receive a FREE Classroom Companion that connects to National Learning Standards that will help prepare your students for the performances.

FREE Post-Show Q & A | January 20, 2019
Join us immediately following select performances for a 20-minute post-show Q & A session. The Auditorium Theatre Creative Engagement staff guides the conversation as performers and artistic staff from the presenting company answer audience questions about their work.