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Too Hot To Handel 2014

December 6 @ 7:30 PM

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An exciting reinvention of Handel’s Messiah, Too Hot To Handel is a “jazz gospel Messiah.” It brings this classic piece to life in a transformative way; fusing two of the most distinctly Detroit music styles – Jazz and Gospel – while weaving in Blues, Swing, Classical and even Scat. It is a toe-tapping, hand-clapping evening that ends with everyone on their feet for the Hallelujah Chorus.

The New York Post calls it “…perhaps the jazziest, most soulful reinterpretation of Handel’s Messiah you’ll ever hear.”

Rackham Choir takes to the stage under Artistic Director Suzanne Mallare Acton with renowned soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke and Karen Marie Richardson and an all-star ensemble of Detroit jazz legends Marion Hayden, Alvin Waddles, and Dave Taylor along with members of the Too Hot To Handel Orchestra including Chris Collins, Al Ayoub, Fred Hughes, Michael Dease, Walter White and James Simonson. This is the holiday celebration that is “too hot to miss.” “It’s impossible to describe the performance – it’s moving, it’s religious, it’s jazzy, it’s cool, it’s an opera, it is a gift.”  “It was the most awesome holiday musical event I’ve ever attended! It was ALL THAT, and MORE!! I couldn’t stop talking about it for days and every chance I get I encourage others not to miss it.”

TOO HOT TO HANDEL is presented by

Rackham Symphony Choir Detroit Opera House Suzanne Mallare Acton, Conductor



Rodrick Dixon | Alfreda Burke | Karen Marie Richardson | Alvin Waddles | Marion Hayden | Dave Taylor

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and the Too Hot Orchestra

Hear from our Artistic Director, Suzanne Mallare Acton

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Too Hot To Handel – Saturday, December 6, 7:30 pm at the Detroit Opera House. Tickets on sale September 1 at michiganopera.org $25+


December 6
7:30 PM
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Detroit Opera House
1526 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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Rackham Symphony Choir

Rackham Symphony Choir is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by member dues, private donations, state grants, ticket sales and sponsorship.