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Where can I purchase a choral score?
Where can I purchase the "Too Hot" recording?
When will "TOO HOT" be performed live?
What is the instrumentation?
Our organization wants to perform selections from "TOO HOT" - is this possible?
Artistic Concerns for Too Hot To Handel




Where can I purchase a choral score?

Individual THTH SATB choral scores are now available for purchase exclusively through Educational Music Service. (845) 469-5790 http://www.emsmusic.com

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Where can I purchase the "Too Hot" recording?

Too Hot To Handel was recorded live by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop, conductor at Boettcher Hall in Denver, CO. Featured vocalists were: Lillias White, Vivian Cherry and Thomas Young. This double CD release is available for purchase two ways - on iTUNES and directly through our website. Click on the ORDER CD button on the menu bar above to purchase.

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When will "TOO HOT" be performed live?

2009-10 concert performances of Too Hot To Handel are scheduled this year in the following cities: Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, Denver, Arkansas, Grand Rapids - and we're pleased to announce that in 2010 we'll be back in the place where it all started - NEW YORK CITY! STAY TUNED...

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What is the instrumentation?

"TOO HOT" is scored for: 5 saxophones, 3 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, percussion (2) strings, and Jazz rhythm section: piano, Hammond B3 organ, electric bass, electric guitar, drums with soprano, alto, tenor solo voices and mixed chorus

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Our organization wants to perform selections from "TOO HOT" - is this possible?

Yes, just ask! We are glad to arrange for your chorus/orchestra to be able to hand pick your favorite selections. Pair a few selections with the traditional Messiah for a new spin on your holiday program. The entire show running time is within 2 hours & 15 minutes with intermission.

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Artistic Concerns for Too Hot To Handel

TOO HOT TO HANDEL was conceived in 1993 by Marin Alsop and co-arranged by Bob Christianson and Gary Anderson. The work was commissioned in 1993 by The Concordia Orchestra. This is a gospel-jazz version of George Frideric Handel's Messiah and features three vocal soloists, gospel choir, orchestra and jazz rhythm section. Soprano & Mezzo-soprano - Both roles are more pop than classical, but require trained voices with wide range and control. Tenor - this role is quite demanding. It requires a classically -trained tenor who is extremely versatile in other musical genres he must be able to branch into gospel, jazz/scat and R & B styles with fluidity. Gospel choir - 80 voices or more, depending on the size of the hall. Orchestra instrumentation: 5 saxes (lead alto dbl. on soprano sax) 3 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani + 2 percussion Rhythm section: Jazz Piano, Hammond B3 organ, Electric guitar, Electric Bass guitar, Bass, Drumset, Strings

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