Venue Details

239 Star Starred
Auditorium Theatre
50 E. Congress Parkway Chicago, IL 60605
312-341-2310
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Reviews & Ratings

"Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah"
61 ratings
4.8 average rating
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11 events
6 reviews
1 stars
attended Jan 16 2010

The most outstanding musical performance I have seen in more than a year either in Chicago or NYC. All performers were superb. Soloists were spectacular. And Auditorium's sound system really let the glory of the 100+ chorus come through,...continued

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8 events
1 review
4 stars
attended Jan 16 2010

This was one of the best live performances I have ever seen in Chicago. So good, in fact, that I plan to go again and bring more people with me next year!

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27 events
8 reviews
101 stars
attended Jan 17 2016

Wonderful experience in a beautiful, historic venue. Moving, uplifting, inspirational. Terrific seats. Hopefully the start of a January tradition.

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  • “Ingeniously reimagined to embrace black musical tradition, the aptly named Too Hot to Handel proved that even the most revered classical masterpieces can be taught to swing.” —Chicago Tribune
  • “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
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