For 17 years, this “exuberant, jazz-gospel makeover” (Chicago Tribune) of Handel’s classic Messiah has brought Chicagoans together every Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend! This inspirational performance features world-class musicians filling the Auditorium’s historic stage with a chamber orchestra, jazz combo, a huge choir, and three gifted soloists: Alfreda Burke, Karen-Marie Richardson, and Rodrick Dixon. “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah is your grandmother’s choral classic sliced, diced, spiced, swirled, swung, amplified, and totally reinvented” (Chicago Reader). Original concept by Marin Alsop. Arranged by Bob Christianson and Gary Anderson.
Photo by Casey Campbell.