IS IT TOO HOT IN HERE?

An annual Detroit winter tradition! Rackham Choir brings its annual production of Too Hot To Handel – The Jazz-Gospel Messiah to the Detroit Opera House on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

You’ve never heard Handel’s Messiah like this — that is, unless you’re one of the “Hotties” returning for a second, third or even tenth or fifteenth show. This soul stirring, toe-tapping rendition of Handel’s Messiah never fails to bring audiences to their feet. It’s an exhilarating fusion of gospel, jazz, blues, swing, scat, funk, spicing up the classical masterpiece performed by the Rackham Choir, the Too Hot Orchestra and an all-star cast of soloists. This is a celebration unlike any other.

TOO HOT TO HANDEL – THE JAZZ GOSPEL MESSIAH ~ ONE SHOW ONLY

Co-produced by Rackham Choir and the Detroit Opera House

Running Time
2 hrs. 30 mins including intermission

Pre-performance Talk
6:30 – 7:00 pm. Pre-performance concert talk in the auditorium. Free to ticketed guests.

Brave the winter cold with some heat from Rackham Choir and these fabulous performers (click on names for more detail):

                                       

Rackham Choir, an 80+ member chorus, and musicians, under the direction of Maestra Suzanne Mallare Acton

 

                              SOLOISTS

Rodrick Dixon, tenor

Alfreda Burke, soprano

Karen Marie Richardson, alto

 

                              The Too Hot Trio — Detroit Jazz legends
 

                Alvin Waddles, piano                                              Marion Hayden, bass

                                                      Dave Taylor, drums

 

                           On the Jazz Side

The Too Hot Jazz Orchestra, featuring:

    

                        Al Ayoub, guitar                                            Chris Collins, saxophones

Fred Hughes, Hammond organ  

 

  Walter White, trumpet           James Simonson, electric bass

 

                    On the Symphony Side

The Too Hot Orchestra, with Eliot Heaton, concertmaster

Links to watch & listen

Here’s just a taste!

Ladies and gentlemen, the legendary Alvin Waddles!

Don’t take our word for it! Some audience reviews from past performances.

 

Click here for tickets, or call the Detroit Opera House box office at (313) 237-7464. For group sales, call (313) 237-3471 or email jrosemond@motopera.org.