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Too Hot To Handel

Closed December 14, 2019

Perhaps the jazziest, most soulful reinterpretation of Handel's Messiah you'll ever hear!

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Why See Too Hot To Handel?

Holiday & Christmas ShowsClassicalConcerts

Handel's Jazzy, Blues-y, Gospel Messiah returns!

It's been hailed as the holiday celebration that is "too hot to miss", this Detroit-flavored version of Handel's Messiah is the perfect jazz, gospel, blues and soul celebration for the Motor City. Back for just one performance only, this event always boasts some local jazz legends alongside the Too Hot orchestra and Rackham Symphony Choir. A wonderful way to welcome in the Holiday Season with friends and family alike! Don't miss out when Too Hot To Handel returns to Detroit for another year of holiday fun.

Too Hot To Handel is a vibrant celebration of the fusion of classical and contemporary styles, and an energetic reinterpretation of Handel's Messiah - one of the world's most iconic pieces of Christmas music. A must-see for fans of gospel, blues and jazz music!

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Performance date: 14 December 2019


Suitable for audiences of all ages

Run time

Around two hours long

Cast and Creative


Rackham Symphony Choir

Tenor - Rodrick Dixon

Soprano - Alfreda Burke

Alto - Karen Marie Richardson

Too Hot To Handel Orchestra


Conductor - Suzanne Mallare Acton (RSC's Artistic and Music Director)

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