Choral Artists of Sarasota Presents “Too Hot to Handel”
For something completely different and full of musical sizzle, Choral Artists of Sarasota heats up the holidays with a return of “Too Hot to Handel,” an exuberant, gospel reinvention of Handel’s classic, “Messiah,” Sunday, December 10, 7:30 p.m., at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Conducted by Dr. Joseph Holt, the performance features 100 singers, including the 40 singers of the Choral Artists of Sarasota, soloists from the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, and singers from the State College of Florida Concert Choir, the Festival Singers of Florida and the Manatee Performing Arts High School, and Sarasota’s finest professional orchestral musicians. Tickets are $25-$75. Student tickets are $15. For tickets and info, visit www.choralartistssarasota.org or call 941-387-4900.
The Choral Artists of Sarasota, now in its 39th season, features 32 of the region’s most notable professional singers. The group celebrates the rich, artistic expressiveness of choral music through innovative repertoire, inspired performances and stimulating educational outreach. Under the artistic direction of Dr. Joseph Holt, Choral Artists of Sarasota performs a repertoire spanning four centuries, and includes symphonic choral works, intimate madrigals, folk songs, close-harmony jazz, and Broadway show music. The ensemble also specializes in premiere performances of lesser-known choral works—particularly music by living American composers. Choral Artists of Sarasota has performed premieres by René Clausen, Dick Hyman, Robert Levin, Gwyneth Walker and James Grant. As part of the organization’s educational outreach, eight young singers, ages 16 to 22, are invited to join the group each year. For more information, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org.