Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah

This exuberant reinvention of George Frederic Handel’s Messiah will have you rejoicing in the aisles. Join renowned soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, Karen Marie Richardson, and legendary pianist Alvin Waddles, along with a symphony orchestra and a choir of over 100 local members for this high-energy, feel-good production.

Originally conceived in 1992 by Music Director Marin Alsop and arranged by Bob Christianson and Gary Anderson, Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz Gospel Messiah first premiered at Lincoln Center with the Concordia Orchestra and the Morgan State Choir in 1993, earning a reputation for its lively vocals and communal revelry.

The conductor for Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah’s 40-piece symphony orchestra and jazz ensemble is Suzanne Mallare Acton, who serves as Artistic and Music Director of the Rackham Choir in Detroit, Michigan and Chorus Master for the Michigan Opera Theatre.

Dr. Leo Davis, Minister of Worship at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, will conduct the Too Hot to Handel choir of over 100 Mid-South vocalists.

Too Hot to Handel Choir Auditions

Auditions for the Too Hot to Handel Choir will be held January 23, 2018, from 5-7 pm, January 24 from 5-7 pm and January 27 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Auditions will be held at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education at 225 S. Main in Downtown Memphis.

$29 - $69


Saturday, April 21, 2018 - Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 7:30 pm and 3 pm
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