Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah

3:00pm Saturday, December 15, 2018

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Fort Washington Community Choir & Friends
Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra
Chris Whittaker,


Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah
Original Concept by Marin Alsop
Co-Arranged by composers Bob Christianson & Gary Anderson

Marin Alsop interviewed on NPR about Too Hot to Handel

Join us for Handel's Messiah like you've never heard before! This jazz/gospel/latin-infused production re-imagines the melodies and orchestration of Handel's famous oratorio in an electric two hour concert originally conceived by Marin Alsop of the Baltimore Symphony. Together, the United Palace of Cultural Arts, the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, Fort Washington Community Choir, and an all-star roster of guest vocalists will share an exciting uptown holiday collaboration that you won't want to miss! 

About the United Palace of Cultural Arts

The history of United Palace began in 1930, when it was then one of five Loew’s “Wonder Theatres” across the boroughs and New Jersey. Designed by noted architect Thomas Lamb (Cort Theatre, the former Ziegfeld Theatre) with interiors overseen by decorative specialist Harold Rambusch (Waldorf Astoria, Radio City Music Hall), it was one of the region’s premier vaudeville and movie houses. Contemporary advertisements promised “Times-Square entertainment nearer your home” — in the equally vibrant and diverse community of Washington Heights.

The theater’s first 40 years as a home for engaging storytelling came to an equally storied end in 1969 with a screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey — a fitting and wondrous final chapter for the Wonder Theatre. Yet while many of the city’s grand movie theaters were slated for demolition, the United Palace of Spiritual Arts (formerly known as United Christian Evangelistic Association) purchased the building to house its congregation headed by Spiritual Director Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, known around the world as Reverend Ike.

Nearly 90 years since it first opened its doors, the United Palace is still an inclusive spiritual community. It also houses United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA), an independent, nonprofit arts and cultural organization. United Palace honors the building’s legacy through concerts, multimedia productions, movie screenings, and spiritual programming. 

With nearly 3,400 seats, United Palace is Manhattan’s fourth largest theater. Yet with its indescribable fusion of decorative styles, symbolic motifs, and international elements, United Place is as distinct, diverse, and magical as the city it calls home.

The United Palace was designated as a landmarked building in 2016.

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Concert Location:

United Palace of Cultural Arts
4140 Broadway
New York, NY 10033