Too Hot To Handel 2014

TooHot image with type copyHailed 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 6th for our 13th 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

(click on the photos to learn more about our artists)


and the Too Hot Orchestra

- RSC has presented the show each year since 2001 -