Hailed as the holiday celebration that is “too hot to miss”, this jazz-gospel version of Handel’s classic ”Messiah” is the perfect musical celebration for the Motor City, combining decidedly Detroit-inspired styles such as jazz and gospel with blues and soul.
Join us at the Detroit Opera House December 21st at 7:30 pm for our 12th Annual, electrifying performance of
“TOO HOT TO HANDEL”
the “jazz gospel Messiah”
Conducted by RSC’s Artistic & Music Director Suzanne Mallare Acton; “Too Hot To Handel” features the Rackham Symphony Choir; tenor Rodrick Dixon, formerly of the “Three Mo’ Tenors”; soprano Alfreda Burke and alto Karen Marie Richardson. They are joined by the Too Hot To Handel Orchestra which includes an all-star ensemble of Detroit jazz legends including Marion Hayden, Alvin Waddles, Dave Taylor, Fred Hughes, James Simonson, Al Ayoub and Chris Collins, who led the Detroit Jazz Festival in 2012 as the new Artistic Director.
GET TICKETS TODAY! Reserve your tickets for Too Hot To Handel in advance! Handel’s Messiah like you’ve never seen it! Innovative jazz, gospel, rock and funk performance that brings audiences to their feet.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Every January the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University performs Too Hot To Handel during Martin Luther King weekend. Conducted by Suzanne Mallare Acton, this annual performance highlights many of the headline artists that perform in Detroit.
See the video describing the behind-the-scene excitement and energy of the magical “Too Hot To Handel!”
Rackham Symphony Choir’s mission is to bring to the community the power and energy of exciting orchestra-accompanied choral works through quality concert performance. We strive to show artistic leadership by presenting innovative music of diverse cultures, styles and periods. Musical talent and contribution to the community is promoted through our music presentations, educational outreach programs, and community benefit concerts.
An all-volunteer choir, RSC is a powerhouse of sound with nearly 80 members. The vision and leadership of RSC’s acclaimed
Artistic Director, Suzanne Mallare Acton, attracts singers from across southeast Michigan to the choir.