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Too Hot To Handel 2013

Detroit Opera House • December 21, 2013 • 7:30PM


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.

December 21st for our 12th Annual, electrifying performance of


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, as well as members of the Michigan Opera.

Rackham Symphony Choir and Detroit Opera House

Suzanne Mallare Acton, Conductor


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


and the Too Hot Orchestra

*Note: featured artists change from year to year


Hear from the Show Commissioner…

Afterglow sponsored in part by DIRTY DOG

– RSC has presented the show each year since 2001 –