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Too Hot To Handel Jazz Gospel Messiah

Bring the family to celebrate Martin Luther King Day at the Too Hot to Handel Jazz/Gospel Messiah at the Roosevelt University Auditorium Theatre, January 14-15, and stay at the nearby and affordable LaQuinta Inn Suites Hotel in historic Hyde Park!

Gone are the days when audiences sat in reverence for classical music. This Too Hot to Handel jazz and gospel version of Handel’s 1741 masterwork will fill you with happiness and joy! The beloved melodies and texts remain the same, but the mood is jazz, featuring a gospel choir, a jazz band and a symphony orchestra! This is an uplifting celebration of life, religion, music. You will be buying a seat, but your feet won’t let you sit!

Legend says that Handel was walking with a friend, when he suddenly stopped and shouted, “I see God!” He rushed to his home and locked himself in his studio, even turning down food until “The Messiah” was finished. At the premiere, King George set off the tradition of standing for the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

“Listeners hooted, whistled and shouted their approval after every number. The ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ was so ecstatically received, it was repeated as an encore.” The New York Times

The Auditorium Theatre is located at 50 East Congress Way in Chicago. For tickets, information on nearby dining experiences and more, go online to and follow the prompts.

Make your Too Hot to Handel experience more enjoyable by staying at the La Quinta Inn & Suites, in Hyde Park. The hotel offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. Enjoy the free breakfast. The Lake Shore Café offers lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.