Bethany Art Series to feature German organist in concert Aug. 20

Mirjam Laetitia Haag, an internationally distinguished organist, had agreed to perform at the Bethany Arts Series on Aug. 20 but there was a complication.

The Bethany Lutheran Church building has some needed repair work that precludes a concert on this date.

The Rev. Cathy Daharsh, senior pastor of the Crystal Lake church, was invited by Pastor Eric Fistler to hold the organ concert at First Congregational Church.

Crystal Lake's faith community collaborated to resolve the complication and will welcome Haag to perform her organ concert with works from Bach, Duruflé, Alain, Buxtehude and her own improvisation.

The performance will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at First Congregational, 461 Pearson St. in Crystal Lake.

Mirjam Laetitia Haag is currently studying both Music Education and Sacred Music in Stuttgart. She is in demand as a concert organist in Germany, Mexico and the United States. Completing her bachelor's studies in Sacred Music in 2019 with distinction, she also studied mathematics at University of Tubingen in tandem with Music Education.

Native to Germany, her studies have brought her to Valparaiso, Indiana, Rome, Cambridge, and Groningen with the experience of learning from famous teachers including Juan Paradell Sole, Professor Sietze de Vries, Professor Ben van Oosten and Professor Helmut Deutsch.

Recordings of her projects and further information can be found under Mirjam Laetitia Haag's YouTube channel or

Bethany Lutheran Church is a community of faith committed to gathering people together for renewal and service.

Located at 76 W. Crystal Lake Ave., the congregation has a global mission with a downtown Crystal Lake center.

Bethany Arts Series presents several musical programs each year to inspire, comfort, entertain and engage the community.

The concert is hosted by the church with a free-will collection.

For more information, visit the Bethany Lutheran Church website

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